Raja Alem: The Future We Want
Mapping a vision
In twenty years I envision a World Congress, where global plans are manufactured by creative senates – people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Sunil Mittal, John J. Wood, Pierre Omidyar, Jeffrey Skoll, Donna and Philip Berber, Eli Broad, Paul Tudor Jones, Chris Hohn, Elton John, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter– and those who will come in their wake - driving social change in order to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Their mission is not conventionally about providing charity or instant funds to fight poverty, illiteracy, diseases and environmental destruction, but more about developing individual skills and creativity, to encourage new ways of thinking, and create means to free those facing hindering conditions. It is mainly about investing in building the positive, rescuing Mind of the world.
With this vision as a goal, a Global Microfinance Bank will be essential in supporting those developing entrepreneurial dreams. And global treaties are needed to consolidate connections between nations, providing all means of education and communication free.
There would be the implementation of projects such as, “a thousand-book library for every school in this world.” We would say that 90 per cent of all the millions of schools of this planet do not have a decent library. Reading books is a central pillar of education, future welfare, learning skills, fantasy development, and learning power.
Either lack of financial means or lack of interest and availability must be overcome for future generations.
Tales, epics, sages, illustrated books, children’s books, youth books – books for all ages. 50 per cent should be taken from international literature, chosen from a list like The UNESCO Collection of Representative Works, and a similar list for children and youth books.
The other 50 per cent would be by local and regional authors.
Children – all of us – need to know the larger world – and, at the same time, our own places, our pasts and our rich and varied present.
Besides libraries and schools, providing books directly to young people would be of benefit. 10 books for every youth scholar might be a good beginning.
Starting with projects like Bookstart, UK, and Room to Read, which proved to be active in educating the World’s children, distributing a book every three minutes to children in nine developing countries, more could be done to ensure that young people all over the world learn the power, responsibility, and have the vital spark of richly informed imagination.
Humanity has this one last hope left, the magic of positive creativity, sprouting from the whole roots, the future is always found in the past.
Raja Alem is a Saudi Arabian novelist