Dr. Mariana Bozesan interviews:
Daniel Schmachtenberger

Dear friends,

As far as I am concerned, Daniel Schmachtenberger (“The War on Sensemaking”) is one of the most brilliant thinkers on the planet today. He is a founding member at The Consilience Project, an organization that is focused on making accurate sense of current planetary developments with the intention to prevent global catastrophic risk.

In this podcast, Daniel and I discuss a wide range of topics including the following:

  • What kind of thinking do we need to better understand and address current existential problems?
  • What have all these problems in common and how can we address them better?
  • Which powers are currently ruling the world and why none of them is democratic?
  • What is radical fragility and why is GDP a dreadful metric? What metric is better?
  • Are we currently fighting World War III ?

Are you curious yet?

Enjoy this very special conversation, subscribe and share it widely!

— Mariana

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0:00 On becoming Daniel Schmachtenberger: from Fritjof Capra to Bucky Fuller

4:18 Why “human beings make shitty choices”?

6:35 Why are we defining the problems too narrowly, how can we change that to find adequate solutions and why is GDP a dreadful metric?

10:29 If more nonprofits, more impact investing, more SDGs, more tech solutions, more bio-tech discoveries, or more laws are not achieving the desired results, what is to be

11:45 Why we should have a “super ordinate” SDG and the “capacity to coordinate effectively toward global level issues”?

12:36 On WW II and the current, non-kinetic WW III

19:14 On fragility, planetary boundaries, global cascading collapses, why we can’t keep running the linear materials economy?

20:16 Why humans have not been good stewards of power? Why we must put exponential tech at the center of our inquiry?

26:04 On China, democracy and which two types of groups are currently ruling the world and what does that mean for our future?

32:19 What are better propositions to ensure the future of life? Why are we now powerful enough to design new civilizations? What’s wrong with social engineering and what are better ways toward sensemaking?

36:50 Tethering civilizations between chaos and order: Why civilizations fail? How can we have emergent order (democracy)?

45:13 How do we optimize for the integrity of the whole without imposition?

54:45 On problem solving: Why more business solutions and nonprofit solutions won’t help but new types of institutions; Why China’s solutions are problematic? How could exponential tech (AI, robotics, blockchain, etc.) help innovate better social solutions?

52:03 How does the world remain anti fragile in the presence of existential risks? On AI, government spending using blockchain, UBI, The Consilience Project

1:09:25 On capitalism, investing, integrity and honesty

The Consilience Project: https://consilienceproject.org/
Daniel Schmachtenberger’s own website” https://civilizationemerging.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielschmachtenberger/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielschmachtenberger
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielSchmacht1

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Narrated by Albert Bozesan, produced by Peak State Entertainment