My school years were set in Adelaide, Australia during the cold war, framed by Eisenhower, Kennedy, Adenauer, Khrushchev, Churchill and Menzies. During those childhood years the dull encumbrance of man’s looming mutually assured destruction settled into the back of my consciousness. My parents were world-war II survivors, daily enduring defeated-foe taunts as German immigrants in Australia. That was a brutal era as a kid and I sincerely hoped somebody would fix it someday.

World issues always held a prominent place within my expanding perspective, amongst growing up, marriage and business. My awareness of unfolding conflicts developed into a life-long, questioning interest in how they could be resolved. My Naval Architect vocation then endowed me with the thought processes and tools to solve complex, dynamic problems. My counselling training and experience instilled in me a deep insight and affinity for humanity, and a passion to see mankind at peace.

Now fifty years later some of the world-troubles of my childhood have expired, only to be replaced by new ones similarly distressing. Billions of people are still despondent about their future; only their reasons have changed. Nobody has stepped up to fix the brutality.

I guess it’s my turn.

In observing world events we clearly see that whatever effort mankind has put toward future planning up to now has not worked. Nobody is really in charge. While there is currently a precarious lull after the collapse of one of the cold-war superpowers, new superpowers are emerging and mankind is still engaged in exploitation, antagonism and conflicts, preparing for new wars. The arms races are set to continue with merely the batons changing hands. Many hot-spots are simmering now, ready to break out into wars, and we are incapable of resolving them. Conventional peace ideas and ideologies have proven ineffective. Our arrogance and selfishness have locked us into a tragedy-of-the-commons script, condemning mankind to wars, civilisation collapse and an end-game of self-extinction.

But we can change the script.

Apart from our spectacular faults, man also has innate noble characteristics. The most precious of these are our ability to love, dream, discover and create, and our willingness to share our love, insights, discoveries and creations with others for the benefit of all mankind. With enough inspiration and a clear plan, we have the power to switch from our selfishly destructive path to a benevolently constructive one.

My studies of humanity have convinced me that an awesome world future is attainable, so I am compelled to share that insight. Conflict-weary mankind is now ready for a fresh approach.

FutureQuest clearly defines the steps people can take to build a great future, by providing ample insight and inspiration to confidently take those steps, individually and collectively. I will not be able to convince everybody but that is not necessary:

My objective with this book is to tip the balance.

The accumulation of these steps and their influence on the organisations to which we belong, will strengthen the integrity of our worldwide civilisation, make humanity sustainable and precipitate a great future. This is entirely achievable.

Squeezing this quest into a manageable, book-sized document means that our perspective here focuses mainly on breadth and structure, without getting drawn into too much depth. It is a Macro System Design approach. I therefore present prototype outline solutions to our problem areas, which can be planned out in detail by their respective, laterally-thinking experts.



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