Member of the Executive Board of Rescue Our Future Foundation (www.rescueourfuture.org)
Director of Caribbean Reality Studies Center (www.crscenter.com)
Born on a colonial sugar plantation in Suriname, the aspiration to become a cosmopolitan was honored by periods of residence in the Netherlands, Suriname, Venezuela and Aruba. The failure of all theories of development with a terrible social cost in the turbulent social and political landscape of South America led to a year-long backpack trek that began in Caracas and ended two blocks from the burning La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, in 1973, as a witness to Latin America’s most violent military coup.
The search for solutions in religion, ideology, politics, civil society and science did not yield results and only corroborated that the dominant system responsible for our existential threats cannot offer a solution from within, because the solution is extrasystemic. This search for a just and equitable society shaped Quest to Rescue Our Future over a 25 year period. It identifies the moral reserves of humanity as the strategic social force that can reconnect humanity with the driving force of evolution, which is ‘Life always seeks more life’. As a member of the Executive Board of Rescue Our Future Foundation and Director of Caribbean Reality Studies Center, he currently dedicates his life to helping awaken humanity’s moral reserves from a system-imposed hibernation. The path to rescue our future is a cosmopolitan, communitarian, ecofriendly, solidarity and development-oriented Rescue Our Future Movement capable of reconnecting a derailed species with the life-giving forces of evolution.
In his professional career he was Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research of the University of Suriname, General Editor of the Surinamese Journal of Social and Economic Studies, Member of the Academic Council of INVESP in Caracas, consultant to international organizations and Coordinator of the PhD School of the University of Aruba. Among his most widely used publications are Caribbean Social Science: An Assessment (Caracas, UNESCO, 1989); Social Science as a Victim of its Own Disciplines (2001), and People’s Vote Compatible with People’s Fate: A Democratic Alternative to Liberal Democracy (2004).
Quest to Rescue Our Future (Amsterdam, Rescue Our Future Foundation, 2016, 555 p.) Read the first chapters and reviews at www.rescueourfuture.org or of the Spanish (2019) edition Al Rescate de Nuestro Futuro.
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