Cadmus is a journal for fresh thinking and new perspectives that integrate knowledge from all fields of science, art and humanities to address real-life issues, inform policy and decision-making, and enhance our collective response to the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.


The library contains articles of Cadmus as of vol. 1(2010) to current.

Recent Submissions

  • Democracy Needs to be Strengthened and Defended

    Andreas Bummel (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Artificial Intelligence

    Carlos Blanco (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • WAAS Retrospective: Why WAAS?

    Augusto Forti (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    In this short article, the author traces the sociological origins of WAAS and traces briefly the history of the scientists‘ nuclear abolition movement, which was a main reason for the founding of the Academy. A lot remains to be done by the world community to address the multifaceted problems we face today. WAAS has been playing a crucial role in this process.
  • Reclaiming the Global Future

    David Chikvaidze (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Transformation Catalysts: Weaving Transformational Change for a Flourishing World for All

    Sandra Waddock; Steve Waddell (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    This article lays out the emerging roles of new entities here called transformation catalysts (TCs). Transformation catalysts act catalytically by aggregating, cohering and amplifying actions of transformation initiatives and change-makers working towards fundamental socioecological systems. As catalysts, TCs connect other actors synergistically together towards system innovation, alignment of efforts, and transformation. TCs make three distinctive contributions to address the purposeful transformation challenges of time span, speed, scale, and complexity. They (1) research and analyze to ‘see’, map and otherwise understand their transformations systems’ participants and dynamics; (2) they connect the transformations
 systems’ actors so they, too, see and identify highly strategic actions from a collective perspective, and (3) support implementation of the actions. Although their development faces significant challenges, the promise of TCs as a new organizational form is the ability to much more rapidly and effectively address socio-ecological crises.
  • A Holistic Strategy for Achieving WAAS’ Goals and Realizing our Common Vision

    Marco Vitiello (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    Facing the XXI century and its challenges means finding a concrete strategy, one that can make it possible for WAAS and its Fellows to reach their full potential. Sometimes what we do is look for new strategies to reach our goals, when the simple answer has always been right in front of our eyes: we need a non-original, organizational yet individual, holistic yet practical method for increasing our positive impact on the world.
  • Reflections on Arts and Science

    Donato Kiniger-Passigli (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    Albert Einstein said that art and science are branches of the same tree. Indeed, there is no dichotomy between art and science: they are an integral part of the same nucleon. Art is the ability to create, which implies inspiration and learning. Liberal arts, from medieval tradition till date, include humanities and physical, biological, and social sciences. There is no dichotomy here but a knowledge that is inextricably interlinked. Dante Alighieri, the supreme poet, summoned future generations thus: “Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge.” Ars Cognoscendi cannot be better explained.
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Systemic Stress Test: Who is most vulnerable to food insecurity and other risks in a crisis and why?

    Thomas Reuter (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that in a global systemic crisis, differences in impact are not confined to immediate threat, in this case virus infection and mortality rates. Indirect impacts such as reduced affordability of food due to income loss can be and often are more severe. Economic inequality thus acts as a massive amplifier of disaster impact. Inequality literally kills disadvantaged people under crisis conditions. Already the number of people subject to severe food insecurity and poverty has risen dramatically in the wake of COVID-19 and other crises, such as climate change, are adding to this unfolding tragedy. Conversely, policy designed to lower inequality is the best preparation for any crisis, and should accompany all measures for disaster risk reduction and impact mitigation.
  • Global Leadership Education: Managerial and Economic Implications of SDGs

    Yehuda Kahane (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • How to Promote People-centered and Person-centered Sustainable Relationships

    Alberto Zucconi (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Invent the Future

    Federico Mayor (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Academies and Knowledge Management

    Jüri Engelbrecht (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • System Change Investing

    Frank Dixon (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Hedging Planetary Risks: ‘From Weapons of Mass Destruction to Tools of Massive Social and Ecological Innovation’

    Stefan Brunnhuber; Mariana Bozesan; Jeffrey Golden; Garry Jacobs; Phoebe Koundouri (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    Cost analyses and risk assessments in the Anthropocene era need to differ from those of the past. Future developments now are determined by opportunity costs and planetary risks. We provide a first comprehensive systematization that can serve as a template for blended finance and blended securitization in order to finance our global commons. We show that financing our future requires multiple new financial engineering techniques that build upon the experiences of the private sector, but need to be adapted to meet the criteria of force majeure and planetary risks.
  • Open Societies versus Autocratic Experiments or Why the Latter are Parasitic, Cannibalizing and Self-Limiting

    Stefan Brunnhuber (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
    Events over the past decade revealed a new systems clash: Open Societies versus digital autocracies which are competing to provide better solutions to tackle climate change and pandemics, overcome poverty, and offer reasonable jobs. However, which is doing a better job? The text argues that the current autocratic experiments are flourishing based on the preconditions that they cannot generate independently: Price allocation in free competitive markets; a rigorous debate on facts in an interdisciplinary scientific discourse; free public speech and a free, critical, investigative press; a creative, pluralistic cultural scene; and the
 building of social capital based on interpersonally generated trust and reciprocal tolerance. These conditions all draw on a human- and person-centred approach and are superior to any attempt to regulate society through a collective, non-democratic top-down process. Autocracies depend on Open Societies and must import relevant information generated only in Open Societies, and thus remain self-limiting.
  • Global Constitutionalism

    Winston Nagan; Shannon Lahey (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Art and Science Interactions

    Orhan Güvenen (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)
  • Backwardness, Growth and Distribution: Institutional Structure of Capitalism

    Joanilio Rodolpho Teixeira (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2021-06-01)

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