Our economy and society is forced to reconsider and transform its ways of thinking due to the conventional forms of natural resource usage, a collective worldview that mostly still clings to an idea of encapsulated local hordes rather than a globally-connected humankind and most importantly: the epochal transition from the Gutenberg era into the Digital Modern. THE HUS.institute, a think and do tank based in the Principality of Liechtenstein, critically assists decision makers in this transformation. Innovative new styles of collaboration are evolving out of necessity and bright minds are engaging with this matter actively developing new lines of thought and leadership.
Referring to the mission of THE HUS.institute, its CEO Christopher Patrick Peterka states: “We collectively believe that the way we run this planet no longer works. Simultaneously, many of those bright minds who constantly travel the world feel rather powerless because they perceive themselves as only a tiny little element in this gigantic machine that just seems to keep running in ways beyond individual influence. Our vision is to create an example using the Principality of Liechtenstein by bringing together crucial elements of knowledge, motivation and a culture of resolute action within THE HUS.institute so we can show that we all can transform old structures into new ones swiftly”. Together with Rudi Hilti, he founded the think tank six months ago.
THE HUS.institute and its partners strive to transform the Principality of Liechtenstein into the first global exponential nation. They invite the micro nation´s movers and shakers to jointly push for the goal to become the first to reach all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Rudi Hilti believes in the power of showing that it can be done: “We want to show other countries that it is possible and through doing so, empowering them to reach the SDG goals as well. Healthy earth service systems should become a matter of course as soon as possible again”. THE HUS.institute calls upon a global community of like-minded people who favour the combination of diversity, tolerance, creative sustainable prosperity with the necessary return of investment. No more than 150 first generation transformers of cross-generation family offices, industry experts, and creatives shall work together as a network to tap into the tremendous potential of the Digital Modern era beyond fear and greed. For all partners within THE HUS.institute, massive transformative purpose is the smallest denominator for all action being carried out.
The digital modern era comes with millions of opportunities: Soon anyone will be able to understand anyone else from around the world in real time with the help of intelligent translation services, artificial intelligence frees people from repetitious labor, and people are only a few years away from having driverless cars in everyday life sparing them time in tremendous volumes – just to name a few. All of those innovations are transforming the ways of thinking and how people collaborate with each other. Their value orientation will continue to change and all the partaking players need to adapt to new ways of diplomacy. The problems of the world can only be solved when people rethink how Government and Non-Governmental Organisations cooperate internationally, as well as private sector businesses and individuals across the world.
Christopher Patrick Peterka suggests: “If we are interested in keeping our mandates in designing economy and society as human beings ourselves instead of machines, we need to start with a radically open discussion and systematic ways of applying new solutions today”.
THE HUS.institute works on the design of a new digital citizenship product that combines the benefits of access to the European market, education on the Digital Modern and asset protection services. Rudi Hilti explains: “We consider digital, social, and sustainable as being factors of a new normality that we shouldn’t explicitly have to name separately anytime soon as characteristics of what we do. The new normal of the Principality of Liechtenstein needs to be a combination of impactful investments, cleantech industries and talent development institutions. In short: a purposeful life in the Digital Modern”.
In the course of the 20. World Business Dialogue in Cologne, THE HUS.institute hosted a sprint-exploration for 25 selected international students. The founders, Christopher Patrick Peterka and Rudi Hilti, as well as transformer, Yang Zhao, guided the “Exploration to Sustainability” on the topics of “Digital Citizenship”, “CleanTech”, and “China”. The workshop took place on 6. and 7. March 2017.
The experience was kicked off by an “Ignition Dinner” at Wertheim, a co-working venue in central Cologne. Through his speech, Christopher Peterka lit a deep and effective spark to motivate those attending the workshop. His presentation finished with a slide that stated: “We need to fall in love with the future again. Let’s swap panic mode for crazy love.” Over 15 nationalities were represented.
On Tuesday the students worked on different tasks. Peterka’s group drafted different Digital Citizenship products for the Principality of Liechtenstein. The CleanTech group explored the potentials for sustainable development within the country with Rudi Hilti, who himself grew up in Liechtenstein. Yang Zhao discussed various challenges China faces at the moment and explored how other countries can learn from its development.
All attendees had the unique opportunity to witness a live call with Kaspar Korjus, the e-Residency Programme Managing Director of Estonia. He stated that he can pay his taxes in seven seconds, and explained that by now more than 15,000 people from different countries have applied for e-residency already. With transnational digital identity, it is possible to register a company online, perform e-banking transactions, access international payment service providers, declare taxes online, manage a company remotely, and digitally sign documents and contracts. Some students elaborated on and pitched their own ideas for a digital citizenship product for the Principality of Liechtenstein at the day’s conclusion. More information on the workshop output will be published shortly.
THE HUS.institute is also the official presenter of the panel “Space as a Market” at the 20. World Business Dialogue conference. Christopher Peterka delivered a keynote speech to open the panel on Thursday, 9 March. He stated the importance of an ethically responsible approach to space as a market in terms of both environmental as well as social fairness. Given the standing cooperation between THE HUS.institute and “Innovation 4.4.”, a US non-for-profit organisation identifying, commercializing, and scaling technologies most relevant to humanity with strong ties to NASA Ames in Mountain View, California, Peterka pointed out the chances of technology transfers from space exploration to earth based industries especially.
Together with its partners THE HUS.institute runs a “Fast-Track Liechtenstein” programme that is intended to speed up growth and internationalisation for mature companies. The programme also contains a track exclusively focused on impact investments in space. Interest from organisations rooted in fin- and cleantech is also very welcome.