Propably the best-known publications of the prestigious think tank Worldwatch are their annual reports called State of the World. In these reports, various experts discuss guidelines for sustainable development. In the DE, there is a section called State of Humankind’s Self-knowledge – Annual Review, which also tries to find means to avoid the self-destruction of humanity.
The differences between the DE and the Worldwatch Institute’s annual reports are:
1) The Worldwatch Institute’s annual reports focus on practical problems and on practical, often technical solutions. In the DE, the main focus is on building up a worldview by learning from the entire (intellectual) history of humankind (including prehistory). This is reflected even in the title State of Humankind’s Self-knowledge.
2) The Worldwatch reports are written by chosen top specialists. However, experts can’t be the main responsibles for resolving problems concerning current politics, the lessons of history, or fundamental values in general. In discussing them, a professor of social sciences and a common man are equal. This is the basis of representative democracy with free elections. On our opinion, all enlightened humanity should participate in discussing the world’s most urgent problems.
3) The Worldwatch reports do not collect together opposing or otherwise disagreeing stands. The DE does that. We believe that humans facing collisions of interest, both as individuals and as groups, are inherently inclined to subjectivism, blind power play, and irrationalism. This goes as well for experts and politicians as for common men, and recognizing this fact is the first step towards a rational attitude.
4) The Worldwatch Institute does not organize global study activities. The DE specifically does. The DE aims to make the users become better aware of the premises of their opinions, learn to take into account the opponents’ arguments and to respect people with divergent positions. In this way it builds up enlightened voters and public opinion, which in turn forces the policymakers to learn from past mistakes and to make responsible decisions.
5) In the annual review State of Humankind’s Self-knowledge, anyone can get paid for participation, not only the chosen specialists.
Despite these differences we greatly appreciate the work done by the Worldwach Institute for nature protection, eradication of poverty, and sustainable development. Find out more of it here: http://www.worldwatch.org/