Cultural-Intellectual Rejuvenation: The 'prescription' to help Asia break out?
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The current economic rise of Asia is an opportunity for a cultural and intellectual rejuvenation. History suggests that radical economic and social transformations are often accompanied by intellectual ferment and cultural effervescence. In their efforts to understand and tackle burning societal issues, great thinkers drink from their own cultural wells, digest ideas from other societies and synthesize the different strands to produce schools of original thoughts. An example is the European Renaissance and Enlightenment, which produced giants in the fields of philosophy, natural and social sciences, fine arts, music, architecture, and literature. Their contributions have significantly shaped the character of modern European civilization. Asia can and should be similarly inspired by such lofty goals, to achieve something of civilizational significance and to leave behind an enduring and valuable legacy for the world.
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|Professor Michael Heng is a retired professor who has held academic appointments in Australia, the Netherlands, and at six universities in Asia. He has published five books and has spent most of his working life in teaching and research at universities. He has also worked as a software engineer at a transnational company, as a research scientist at the Dutch research agency TNO, and as an associate editor of a business weekly. His teaching and research interests are in business strategy, electronic business, supply chain, globalisation, Asian modernisation and nation building.|
This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.