Knowledge related to future generations is still combined with a linear way of thinking on divided and separate fields and disciplines. However, a cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary collaboration is emerging with sustainable development. When such a new topic starts to be institutionalised, it develops into a discipline with its own vested interests. Yet, knowledge for future generations requires a more integral and holistic thinking and acting on the local, regional and global scale, with a web-of-life concept in mind. As such, we need to develop the ability to deal with complexity and integrated systems, seeing them as complementary in nature rather than mutually competing with one another. Within this wide field of various types of knowledge, power relations and diverging interests play a role. This is to be expected since this is something we come across in all social domains. We need to be aware of this in order to deal intelligently with such differences. As such, the concept of Theory U of Otto Scharmer was discussed: the notion of observing, feeling and acting in the sense of the ‘open mind, open heart and open will’. Furthermore, the importance of technology and (open) data was discussed, which could be of use considering the rights and needs of future generations.
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