We will only be able to successfully tackle the biggest problems of our times like climate change if we can stop the spiralling polarisation across our societies. Only a deep and empathic understanding of the dynamics that led us to the current societal divide will allow us to lay the foundations for renewed trust and a new social contract.
We see that the political polarisation and the rise of authoritarian nationalism is a rebellion that is only partly against the economic effects of globalisation. It is at least as much a rebellion against the effects of the cultural liberalism that has become hegemonic over the last few decades.
It’s a conflict not between good and evil, but between different moralities, where each side is convinced that they are fighting for a good cause rather than out of self-interest. Learning this will help us to reduce our moral certainty and learn to live with, rather than fight, people who hold values different to our own.
In the Protopia Lab we will develop a deep understanding of the root causes of the current political and societal crisis as well as of the underlying evolutionary foundations (genetic and cultural).
We will exemplify non-dogmatic dialogue and explore how we can regain trust between different tribes.