After World War II, the British parliament was deliberating on a resolution to erect a statue of then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a park as recognition to his contribution to defending the United Kingdom against its enemies. In turning down the offer, Churchill said that London is a city adjacent to the sea with many sea birds, and he would prefer not to have bird droppings on his head.
The year of 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation, the 40th anniversary of the declaration on human rights initiated and promoted by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, and the 60th anniversary of the inception of Taiwan’s modern design education that was inspired by the Staatliches Bauhaus in Germany.
Martin Luther taught that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Changes of concepts had been the key that consequently led to the movements of Enlightenment, Scientific Rationality, and Industrial Civilization. This year also marks the 69th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, we witnessed an oasis flourish in the desert.
The year of 2017 is also the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, the youngest president in U.S. history. Looking back to the Cuba Missile Crisis in 1962, the president’s decision making had a strong overtone of being “always choose the hard way.” At the time, the U.S. was trailing Russia in space technology, which prompted Kennedy to vow to send U.S. astronauts to the moon. The pledge was realized by the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon in July 1969. This unprecedented feat has since led the U.S. high-tech industry to an unparalleled position of dominance.
“Brain Magazine,” which was first issued in 1977, has for 40 years been committed to bringing “creativity of carrying out creative ideas” to people in the communication sector with a deep belief that every individual as well as the most underprivileged people have the right to request the best creativity to serve them. Making change is not only about increasing your own strength, but also about increasing all the strength that is supporting you, making it strong, lasting and stable.
The“New Brain, Forum of New Creativity Era”to mark the 40th anniversary of Brain Magazine was held at the TICC in Taipei at 1 p.m. on July 25 to encourage using practical and concrete creativity to change Taiwan’s industry, unleash the country’s vigor and open its new visions of marine ecology and social innovation.
Why did we organize this event? The purpose is to encourage people to pay great attention to the environment and ecology, inhabitants' life, economic production, and the lives of the people; because life is everything, living is the end and production is the means, and ecology is the foundation.
Since 2011, we have overcome the geographical limit and held “creativity forum” activities and exhibitions around Taiwan, including Pingtung and the offshore island of Penghu. Through the activities, the seeds of creativity were sown in a bid to turn around the industry with action and vision, and the impact of creativity has been impossible to ignore.
We hope that the forums will link Taiwan with Asia and the whole world with interdisciplinary knowledge of creativity. We pray that this hope will be realized with the prayer in the declaration on human rights initiated by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan on Aug 16, 1977: "Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. "(Psalm 85:10-11)