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Riding on the wave of shattered dreams, the journey towards Brexit remains in motion and Donald Trump has stormed into the White House. Suddenly, a chorus of voices hold up patriotism as the new model. A world order that strived for tearing down walls is called upon to go the other way.

Mankind remains plagued by common issues and challenges, however, and history has proven time after time how failure to collaborate gives rise to destructive forces. With technology, we are stronger than ever, for good or bad. With innovation, entrepreneurship and smart solutions let in the open, individuals as well as communities can develop real solutions to the most precarious of problems. This encompasses the preservation of local traditions and amenities. It includes creating new jobs and meaningful activities, also in the era of digitalisation and automation. On the other hand, if we do not collaborate and identify common purpose, not much of us will be left when we are done.

Counterforces do seem on the rise. There is, indeed, a need for intensive effort at many levels, to make sure the word is spread, that lack of tolerance and "me first" as only-principle is not where humanity intends to go. And that sentiment must also be reflected in practical policy and management decisions, spanning the economic, social and environmental fronts.

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