Innovations in a socially oriented innovation society concern the technical domain as driving force (industry 4.0, fabrication by 3D-printing or more efficient organisation structures) in close association with the social and interhuman domain. Compatibility of professional life with care for children and elderly, collegiality in the immediate working environment, with competition amongst working groups and companies increase personal satisfaction and efficiency, thus augmenting the productivity of the entire society.
The term socially directed innovation society 2011 was initially unusual, then considered in social sciences (2014, (1)), while remaining uncommon (2016) in the Anglosphere. Its potential derives from the closely associated technical and social inovation in an self-reliant european development. The presently negociated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade in Services Agreements (TISA) may lead to a "methuenisation" of Europe (Methuen treaty UK/Portugal 1703 -> from world power to decline) under a "win/win" strategy (2) of the "roast and crumbs" type. European citizens should not be satisfied with crumbs, reject the proposed treaties and initiate themselves a trend-setting social innovation society.
Goals comprising the entire society have to inspire especially young people, like the announcement of the moon landing within 10 years by president Kennedy. Thousands of young people became engineers at the time to participate in this challenge.
The development of electrical drives using electricity from environment friendly fuel cells could be one of the goals during the energy transition phase. Fuel cells could be operated with liquid fuel synthesized from CO2 and H2 or biogas. Heavy and unhandy batteries with substantial loading times would then become unnecessary.It seems of equal importance to liberate the society from the concept of economic growth by products with intentionally shortened lifetime (obsolescence). This will prohibit the abuse of human work and innovation forces, save the resources of the planet and promote increased satisfaction within the society.
A society aiming at future success will generate its funds prior to spending them. Systematic distribution of savings by aspects of egalitarianism diminishes for example private funds for building maintenance ("roof over the head") like in the real existing socialism of the late GDR (German Democratic Republic). This lead to substantial discontent within the society. As a consequence people will increasingly work according to the rules of foreign investors instead of shaping their society preferentially with national funds. Breakup prior to distribution has the potential to prevent such developments.
The cultural diversity is a characteristic feature of Europe. The long term goal cannot be to generate a melting pot with a potentially uniform language. The challenge will be, on the contrary, to succeed with the development of a stable union formed by a multitude of nations while maintaining at the same time the bundled cultural diversity.
The horrors of two world wars favoured the creation of the European Union. As the past gradually vanishes from the focus of present Europeans, the future potential of the European Union consists in the elaboration and realization of new concepts emerging from the intellectual diversity, characteristic for the people of this region.
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