Lucas is in process of habilitation at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, used to be a university lecturer in “PROVokativpädagogik” which is based on the concepts ‘Biology of Love’ and ‘Learning as a research’, he is Ta-Ji- and meditation teacher, a philosopher, who inspired by his collaboration with Heinz von Foerster, has developed a systemically-circular way of thinking and uses this also as consultant. Lucas is so many things in one person.
A month or two ago, as the speaker at the Fear and Fail conference he said: “I’ve prepared another speech about my philosophical concepts, but some weeks ago my life has changed and I think I rather tell you about this.” And so he started explaining about his journey as a mentor at Georg Danzer house.
Georg Danzer house is an initiative by Verein Fluchtweg and the city of Vienna (MagElf) and it manages in the meantime 3 houses in which it take refugees under 18 into care. Their goal is to built educated persons with right self-esteem to perfectly integrate in the Austrian society. Lucas, in charge of their physical and spiritual development, is living his role as a mission and not as a job.
With Lucas Innogees have started the first cooperation, a kind of pilot project, in which we are just trying to understand the situation, state of these young souls who happened to end here and a possible way to awake innovation and entrepreneurship in them.
How do you live innovation in your every day life?
I live the philosophy that we are all citizens of this spaceship Earth. No plant, no human should be illegal. We are all organisms united in the history of this planets evolution. This means caring for sustainability and both, human and ecological diversity, is a lived necessity to me. What for other people is their religion, to me means exploring and expressing myself as part of nature.
While form most people to be called an animal is an offence, to me it is the most radical innovation to learn understand myself as a human animal, living in a peaceful, loving and co-operative manner. The rise of the human animal came through our outstanding capacity for cooperation and communication. Whether I grow my own sprouts for breakfast, teach at the university or counsel clients, I always act out of what the biologist Humberto Maturana calls the ‘Biology of Love’, which puts living the emotions of love, tenderness and trust in the center of our existence. I spend my life living new narratives which tell stories of global communion and empowerment, because I think we need to both live and hear such stories. We must make them happen and we must make sure that they are told.
We are at a point in human history where it becomes clear that living out our old believes and systems makes it impossible to tackle the actual tasks which we face as biological entities ecologically embedded in the life-support system of nature. Even if we took this life-support system to the Moon, or another planet, it would not change this fact, we still would be doomed, as we would take with us our patterns which destroy it.
Do you think that the current situation in Europe is a chance or a threat? How do you think that we can benefit from modern migrations and use it to solve our challenges?
I think it is obvious that Europe is in a deep multi-dimensional crises, which is part of a global crisis of similar nature. From the crises in education system, to the crisis of the political and economic system, to the pollution poisoning our eco-system, all these crises call for radically innovating our current life style. It is clear that these innovations will most likely be grass roots solution worked out by self-empowered groups and organisations of dedicated citizens going viral/global through internet communication.
Within this context the current migration movement into Europe is a great chance for Europe to strengthen both Europe’s inner identity and it’s outer relation. The task of educating and integrating refugees could be used as an impulse to transform the European society into the direction of the society we need grow into to be able to solve our current crises.
Our refugees centres should be connected to learning and entrepreneur platforms in which the European citizens, corporations and refugees come together to learn and teach what is essential to us to live together and grow. The current happenings in Europe are both a crisis to be hacked as well as a challenge for the European Community to become creative. We need to learn from each other, and more, we need to learn together from our nature.
This crisis can be a great opportunity if we learn to see it from a new perspective.
What do you suggest as the next step for the development of Innogees?
We need to create the context for a dialogue powerful enough to re-invent our mentality and acting concerning integration. We need to admit that the systems, which are currently in place can’t cope with this, so we need physical and virtual spaces where we come together to create systems, which can do this.
Neither telling the refugees what to do, nor asking them what they want solves the problem. There needs to be a place in which refugees and innovators from different fields can come together to teach and learn from each other who they are and what they need. Those gatherings should be supported by an online dialogue, making their findings and their relations last, by making them visible, possibly become viral in a continuous social media dialogue. The Arabic spring happened through the creative use of social media. Now it’s time for an European spring!
As one cannot integrate the masses of refugees in the current European lifestyle the logical consequence is that we have to create a new one together. In meetings in which the current social, economical and legal situations of the participants are explored, refugees should get the chance to learn how to forge their own life paths by innovators’ and entrepreneurs’ inspiration more than instructing.
In an atmosphere of mutual respect refugees will find an own way ‘to succeed’ and through the use of modern media they could become role-models, kind of ambassadors of innovative mindset, for others. But firstly they need to meet and learn what European innovators think, feel, work and live like. Why they act the way the act and how they are able to do so. Innovators are innovators because their life-style creates something useful for others, because they shape the society for benefits of all. Taking part at this process they can benefit too; they get space outside their normal life context and in dialogue they can explore own aspirations and drive. It’s a win-win process.
To get a vision of who we can become, we first have to take the time to teach each other who we are. We could do this through talking, reading, writing, sharing parts of our live together in a ways that are productive for us. If such interaction patterns are enacted and documented, made available for others via video clips, online, blogs, social media networks or further collaborations change will occur on a large scale.
To close with the first and most important thing: in an unknown and new situation we don’t start our path with an answer; we start the path by exploring the question:
“What is the question?”