From I to We: The Source of Becoming, Ch. 5 | Benjamin Freud, Ph.D. | 12 Min Read

July 14, 2022

I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. 

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the previous four chapters, I have tried to bring to light the tension between the emerging infinite world—where the Metaverse may change our conceptions of time, space, relationships, and reality—and the increasingly localized physical world—where we may produce, consume, and travel as little as possible in order to remain within sustainable planetary boundaries. These chapters involved some theory, some ideas, and some practical elements, often looking through a futurist lens. The future will always be a story we tell ourselves, a projection of our imagination. The future is an infinite set of probabilities: in fact, it is a word that should never be used in the singular. Rather than think of one future that is time-bound, we may want to think of the infinite number of futures we will share.

We share the futures because none of us owns them. We don’t own our present either. We share these with everyone and everything in our immediate and more distant contexts, to a cosmic level even.  However our lives unfold, they…

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Benjamin Freud, Ph.D.

Benjamin Freud, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Coconut Thinking, an advisory that supports schools and learning organizations to co-create, co-develop, co-stress test, and co-implement ideas that nurture the conditions for emergent learning. Benjamin is also the Head of Upper School at Green School, Bali. He was previously the Whole School Leader of Learning and Teaching at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Thailand. He was the Academic Coordinator at Misk Schools, one of the most prestigious and high-profile school in the kingdom. In 2018-2019, he was also the Head of Upper Primary and Middle School at Misk. Prior to this, he was Vice-Principal of the Middle School and High School at the Harbour School in Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D. in History, an MSc in Education, an MBA, an MA in International Relations, and a BA in International Affairs. Benjamin was born and grew up in Paris, France. He moved to the U.S. when he was 15 and spent 11 years there in different cities before living in the U.K., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and now Bali, Indonesia. He started his career in consulting for Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s, working with people whose ambitions were no less than to change the world. This experience had a profound effect on Benjamin's outlook on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.