Reasons for the Open Research Establishment
What will the world be like in 25-years, 50-years or even 100 years from now?
What life will our children and grandchildren have in 25-years time or their children in 50-years time from now?
These are real questions that require a great deal of study and discussion.
One thing is for sure, the world will be a far more competitive and economically hostile environment for all emerging and industrialised economies to sell their 'goods and services' within, and if for any reason these economic products are out-of-date, they will simply have no markets at all. Indeed, economic dynamism will be at the very heart of a future world and where the planet's problems will inevitable be either solved or not.
In this respect the pre-eminent of all humankind's growing problems on our present course is that in a mere 40 to 50-years time the world's population will have doubled. Then we shall have over 12 billion people living on planet earth. This is an unprecedented truism of the first order and an unimaginable future scenario that our children will have to face. This huge and uncompromising problem is frightening to say the very least as we currently cannot feed, clothe, or house our present global population of around 6 billion inhabitants. How therefore will we be able to provide for twice-as-many people on earth with a current 'ad hoc' system that is not conducive to global co-operation? Indeed presently this is simply an impossible task, for if we cannot solve this pre-eminent of all the planet's growing problems, our future generations look forward to a dire and bleak future world where it will be ravaged by wars, famine and ultimately humankind's possible extinction. These are harsh words but ones that we all have to take extremely seriously.
Therefore mankind's greatest future challenge needs the creative help of all peoples of the world before it is too late and where the ORE Complex will, through the world's scientists and engineers, eventually solve this problem that concerns our very existence. In this respect the world of tomorrow dictates that we shall all have to co-operate with each other so as to create a single planet nation. A necessity that ex-President of the former Soviet Union, Nobel Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has said very recently.
Presently, over 99.80% of the world's population are excluded from any involvement with scientific and technological research, and less than one-twentieth of one percent of the world's population is engaged in the planet's leading edge research effort.
These narrow-minded statistics that keep the majority of the world in poverty have to change. Indeed, we have to open-up the whole aspect of creativity as if we are to solve our planet's emerging problems we have to take in account all mankind's creative thoughts. For if not we shall not ultimately be able to safeguard our children's future or their lives in the mid-21st century and BEYOND.
What can be done therefore? In this respect, the world's scientific inventors and innovators are our only source of pure and applied enlightenment. Overall, they are the only ones who intrinsically have the necessary creative tools to deliver a far better future world order. In this respect and in the long-term the only redress for any nation, is to excel in the creation of A NEVER ENDING flow of new products and services for the markets of tomorrow. This is where the involvement of all mankind has its place. Indeed, more inventions for commercial exploitation are derived by the creative thought patterns of the average man or woman in the street than are ever conceived in advanced centres of research, or in the universities, by a very high margin.
'WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THAT ANYONE WHO SWITCHES ON THE ELECTRIC LIGHT, TURNS ON THE TELEVISION, MAKES A PHONE CALL, USES THE W.W.W., WATCHES A FILM, USES A PERSONAL COMPUTER, PLAYS A RECORD OR TAPE, USES ELECTRICITY, TAKES A PHOTOGRAPH, DESIGNS COMPUTER SOFTWARE, DRIVES A CAR OR TRAVELS BY AEROPLANE, HE OR SHE HAS A LONE ECCENTRIC TO THANK, NOT INSTITUTIONAL SCIENCE.'
Indeed, many of these intuitive and highly creative individuals have been purely ordinary and self-taught people who have in the main created our modern world. Therefore, is it not abundantly clear that humankind's future progress resides in the release of ever more innovative thought by an opening-up of the world's future progress to all. If the answer is 'Yes', then we have no real alternative but to create the means by which all peoples of the world are allowed to participate in the planet's future wealth creating mechanism and thereby determine our ultimate destiny as a species. Indeed, with less than 1/20th of 1% of the total population of the world being involved with leading-edge R&D, whilst the world's overriding population increases by 250,000 per day, is it no wonder that the general human experience is in decline? If only the remaining 99.95 of the planet's population were allowed to participate in Research and Development what vast changes we would see!
This is where the development of the immense Open Research Establishment will start the change in dynamics that is so needed in the present world and which will kick-start the pre-eminent modern processes that will be required in this century for our people's ultimate survival and peaceful progress. In this respect the Open Research Establishment will be the central catalyst for sustainable development consisting initially of over 20,000 intuitive and inventive scientists, engineers, technologists and technical support personnel. Additionally the ORE-STEM will create further employment throughout the world where after 20-years of operations some 200 million people will find 'new' work and thereafter increasing year-on-year, eradicating in time unemployment forever. Indeed, by the start of the 23rd century the concept of the ORE will have grown to create a one nation world that lives in harmony and co-operation. No other global mechanism will produce such a future 'vision'.
This 'new' approach will deliver great impetus and investment within the world's present and future universities and global research centres as their research capability will increase through funding by secondment and utilisation of their research facilities for the Open Research Establishment's ever on-going scientific, technological, engineering and manufacturing work - eradicating many of humankind's killer-diseases and global conflicts in the process. In all, the world's people will win through by their total participation in the planet's future wealth creating mechanism, as this would then create a 'two-way street' of never ending creative endeavour. On completion, the Open Research Establishment will self-fund itself and be self-supporting negating the necessity for any inter-government funding. In this respect vast operating surpluses will be created through the ORE-STEM's pre-eminent global work.
As possibly the greatest scientist of all tim,e Sir Isaac Newton once said,
"There are many Newtons"
Above all, these were possibly the most important words for humankind that he ever spoke as he considered that he was no different to any other mere mortal of his time. Indeed, when we take on-board the conception of what Newton said, we start to understand what immense contribution the Open Research Establishment's development will do for the future world-at-large. In this respect it is hoped to create not just 21st century technologies but possibly those of the 22nd century and beyond.
Strangely but true, the identified ideal global location for this vast undertaking for all humankind is situated in the very same County that Newton was born and where he determined all his revolutionary ideas, thinking and inventions that changed our comprehension of the universe forever. In this respect also, even George Boole the wholly self-taught mathematician who invented Boolean Algebra, the '0's and '1's that make all our modern computers work, was born and where the ORE-STEM Complex will be operational.
When everything has been said, the world's ever increasing problems need more than ever before a central economic catalyst for its peaceful and sustainable progress. Indeed, without this new vision for the world of tomorrow, our children, their children and all future generations will suffer at the hands of our creative neglect.
The World Innovation Foundation, Huddersfield, England. January 2001