The Tripartite Mission of the World Business Academy since 1987
Since 1987 the World Business Academy has been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank focused on the role business can and should play in solving humanity’s largest challenges. Our focus on climate change and energy security results from an analysis of the most important threats to human survival and thus the survival of business. Our 30-year track record includes the publication of cutting-edge books, articles, podcasts, and videos discussing these issues.
Founding the World Business Academy
by Rinaldo S. Brutoco, Founder & CEO
In early 1986, I was introduced to Willis Harman, a distinguished global thinker, by a mutual friend, Joan Steffy. This introduction turned out to be a game-changing event that led to the founding of the World Business Academy (the Academy).
At that time, Willis was the chief futurist in residence at the then prestigious Stanford Research Institution (SRI), which was hosting a quadrennial event that was the precursor to Davos. Prior to SRI, Willis, who was a tenured professor of electrical engineering on the Stanford University faculty, had begun exploring the interface between consciousness and artificial intelligence. Willis was the first professor in the world to design a course on artificial intelligence, which he taught at Stanford along with his advanced engineer studies. In those twin capacities, he was one of the pioneering Stanford-based intellectuals who ultimately gave rise to the miracle of Silicon Valley… click here to read more.
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