The Newsletter of the World Innovation Foundation
April - July 2001 Vol. 5 Edition 2
 
Ideas from an enlightened council

‘Creating the world of tomorrow where recognition of Human dignity and self-worth are the ideals of future humanity’ - The adopted document of the Science Council of Japan

Institutional visit to Cyprus, 2001 - Passing Comment
Matters concerning Chairman of WIF, Professor John Argyris FRS FREng
  Professor Nicholas Papamichael, Rector of the University of Cyprus and an accomplished pure mathematician, stated that John Argyris's revolutionary mathematical work has now created a whole new branch of Pure Mathematics that is expanding at an unprecedented rate and where previously thought of unsolvable partial differential equations are now being solved as a matter of course. Only people of the calibre of Newton, Leibniz, Laplace, Clerk Maxwell, Boole et al have produced such events in the history of the world. Professor Argyris is being presented with a Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cyprus in October 2001. Note: A coverage of the WIF's economic trip to Cyprus will appear in the next edition of the Scientific Discovery Newsletter.


A message regarding the WIF
'It is to my great pleasure to note that the foundation has made it clear that scientists have the responsibility to raise the awareness of the general public to the importance of science to their existence by advising the government agencies around the world. On the other hand, I think it is also true that the prospects of humankind will be significantly changed as a result of the O.R.E. Therefore, I feel honoured to be invited to be a member of the World Innovation Foundation.'

Zhou Guangzhou
Chairman of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China
also President of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

A great Chinese leader's comment on the Foundation and it's mission
sent from Beijing, April 26, 2001



Scientific Discovery
The World Innovation Foundation,
PO Box A60,
Huddersfield,
England
HD1 1XJ
Tel: 0044 (0)1484 300207
Fax: 0044 (0)1484 300606
e-mail: info@thewif.org.uk
Editor Dr. D. S. Hill
Design Chris Wade
This clear and concise report is probably the Most Important Document in the World Today. Japan's most revered and influential scientific body, the 'Science Council of Japan (SCJ), have, over the last nine-months, placed into the public domain their 'adopted' document for creating a world, not based on materialistic gain and the never ending usage of energy, but one where mankind can foster harmony with all peoples of our planet. This change in direction for the future world is towards individual human dignity and self-worth of all. The Statement Document is entitled, 'Towards a Comprehensive Solution to Problems in Education and the Environment based on a Recognition of Human Dignity and Self-Worth - Building the Foundations for a Brighter Future based on a New Value System'.
  Introduction from the Establishment of the Special Committee on Problems in Education and the Environment by the Science Council of Japan(SCJ) to the Release of the Statement
  'The Special Committee on Problems on Education and the Environment’, whose title contains the two important keywords "Education" and "Environment", was established during discussions of the Action Plan by the Steering Committee at the start of the 17th term of the Science Council of Japan in July 1997.
  The Committee was established in response to the strong belief of the new President of SCJ,
 
‘JAPAN is the first nation to determine that in order for future humankind to survive as a species, a great shift in emphasis has to take place. Indeed, without this new direction the world will be damaged irreparably and mankind in a mere fifty to one hundred years from now, may be no more.’
  A remarkable statement but one that is logical in its meaning for us all.

Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, that a broad approach encompassing both education and the Environment could be used to find a solution to increasingly vexed problems in both fields. This marked the beginning of a study based on President Yoshikawa's emphasis on the need for a broad perspective, which pervaded the entire 17th session of the Science Council of Japan.
  The Committee began working on a comprehensive solution to problems in both fields by seeking the opinions of all Council Members via a questionnaire on problems in education and the environment. The questionnaire was distributed in December, shortly after the inauguration of the Committee. Notwithstanding differences of degree, the majority of responses were progressive opinions to the effect that the Committee should consider education and the environment together, without seperating the two, and should espouse high ideals befitting the Science Council of Japan while
  at the same time offering realistic proposals. The questionnaire results, which constitute the learned opinions of the Science Council of Japan, an inter-disciplinary collection of the finest minds in the nation, provided enormous encouragement to the Committee.
  At the initial stage of deliberations by the newly formed Committee, we discovered that the vexed and seemingly intractable problems in education and the environment share a common origin, namely, the "spiritual" element, described as "recognition of human dignity and self-worth" in the Statement.
  We thereby concluded that in order to develop a radical solution to problems in both education and the environment and begin building a brighter future, it would be necessary to conduct a frank and direct re-assessment at the most fundamental level, and then develop a new value system based on this assessment. On the basis of this creative principle, the General Assembly of the Science Council of Japan, June 8th, 2000, adopted this Statement as a means of presenting opinions gained via scientific foresight and appealing to society in general by illustrating a direction for solving these problems.'
Akiyoshi Wada, Chairperson 17th term of the Special Committee on Problems in Education and the Environment, Science Council of Japan, Prime Minister's Office, July 2000
 
 
         
www.thewif.org.uk - The World Innovation Foundation - April - July 2001 1