Some years ago at the UN in New York I tried to set up a group to generate additional ideas. There were several meetings and the Secretary General attended at least one of them. The project proved impossible because the representatives held that they were not there to think but to represent their countries. This is logical and understandable. If a representative came up with an idea that his or her country did not like then that person was not a true representative.
So there is no place in the world to put forward new ideas and new possibilities.
For that reason I am setting up a ‘Palace of Thinking’. This would have two functions.
The first function would be to receive and collect new ideas from anywhere. The best and most practical ones would be published and promoted. There would be no power to enforce such ideas but simple visibility might encourage people to ask why such ideas are not considered.
The second function would be organise creative sessions or task forces to apply lateral thinking to world problems and issues.
There is a need for an iconic building that would give seriousness to the idea. Such a building could continue its function as a museum or private residence. Meetings could be held elsewhere as necessary.
Any readers of this report could come up with a practical suggestion regarding the building. Such a building should probably not be in a major power country where it might be seen as reflecting the policy of that country. A small country such as Malta would be ideal. The location of the Palace would give that country a unique position in the world – the new idea country.
In time countries could be invited to send their thinkers to the Palace. They would come not as representatives but as contributing thinkers.