The Homeric Games
What is the Homeric games?
In this, the Fourth Industrial revolution, innovation is no longer just about technology or business. It's about society. This is the premise behind the Homeric Games, an Olympics for innovation meets Commons-based start up accelerator.
Its aim? To shift the spirit of the time from competition to collaboration. From 'what's in it for me?' to 'what's in it for we?'. Because the challenges we face are global and will require cooperation on an unprecedented scale to adequately tackle them. As a result, the make up of the Homerics programme is determined by the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Why the name 'Homeric'?
A few reasons.
1) Historian Yuval Noah Harari tells us that when our ancestors developed a pre-frontal cortex and the ability to talk about things that don't exist, we were able to a) cooperate flexibly in unprecedented numbers, and b) rapidly evolve our social behaviour. All of which are urgently needed now.
2) We're Greeks, and mining our heritage for cultural elements that resonate with the world is part of our approach. In this case, it's Homer, author of the epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey.
3) A 'homeric' has come to mean something of heroic dimensions. Is this not heroic, attempting to do what's never been done before? And so, each Homeric is told in the form of a 'legend', inviting everyone to perform feats of unprecedented imagination, and vertiginous innovation.
we built a temple
Before we open up the programme, we first must prove the evolutionary power of story in enabling cooperation. This is why, the first Homeric is titled 'We built a temple' aka 'What hope can build'. Because fear is what stands in the way of a better future – keeping us isolated and scared of each other.
'We built a temple' is a heroic tale of crowdsourcing a beacon of hope in humanity’s darkest hour. Share the Flame video to spread the word and to celebrate all the exciting things to come, which include an immersive opening festival on a Greek island.
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