Oliver Vitouch is the Rector of the University of Klagenfurt. He asks how all of us can contribute to discovering a path to a good future. He believes in the importance of learning, once again, how to think in utopian terms, renouncing despondency and indifference. What is it he wishes for? The renaissance of reason.
Paul Schweinzer, a micro-economist at the Department of Economics, is unable to say how happy the human species is and whether progress makes people happier. By focusing on the things that are most essential, however, he can calculate how to maximise the welfare of a society.