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Game-Changing Solutions for Systemic Transformation

Date of the session


Mode of delivery

Pierrefonds Campus and on Zoom

Time of the session

4:00 pm

Guest Speaker

Dr. Anneloes Smitsman (Ph.D., LLM)

Through this interactive lecture, systems scientist and futurist, Dr. Anneloes Smitsman, explores how the sustainability crisis is the result of harmful ‘Moloch’ game dynamics that drive people and institutions to sacrifice our future by undermining the conditions for long-term collective wellbeing. She will also explain how ‘Moloch’ Artificial Intelligences (AIs) make the above exponentially and existentially worse. Moloch is the name of an ancient Canaanite god who thrived on child sacrifices. The term ‘Moloch’ is becoming popular in game theory to refer to the harmful game dynamics of unsustainable systems and cultures.

Through her Ph.D. research at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute, Dr. Smitsman identified 7 key systemic barriers that undermine the transitions for a thrivable future, and which emerge from mechanistic growth models that run contrary to the evolutionary principles of life. The Moloch game dynamics of sacrificing long-term collective wellbeing for short-term myopic gain, follows the same pattern as the harmful mechanistic growth models that emerged out of the Industrial Age.

During this lecture, Dr. Smitsman will present her international work on the EARTHwise Constitution, the EARTHwise Game, and her LIFEwise AI systems to empower youth and organisations in transforming the harmful Moloch game dynamics of the sustainability crisis. To learn more, visit: 

  • The EARTHwise Game: https://www.earthwisecentre.org/game-campaign.
  • The EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization: https://www.earthwisecentre.org/constitution
  • About Dr. Anneloes Smitsman: https://www.earthwisecentre.org/anneloes-smitsman

About the speaker

Dr. Anneloes Smitsman (Ph.D., LLM), is a Dutch futurist, entrepreneur, systems scientist, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and award-winning pioneer in human development and systems change. She is the founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre, co-founder of EARTHwise Gaming AI, and architect of the EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization. She was crowned overall African winner in the category "Human Development" of the 2022 Africa’s Most Respected CEOs Awards by The Business Executive in collaboration with the Economic Development Board Mauritius.

The award acknowledges CEOs' contributions to the attainment of SDGs by African States. Anneloes and her company EARTHwise Centre are also a winner of the BIZZ 2022 Awards, which is a business excellence award by WORLDCOB, and she was also awarded the 2022 Visioneers Lifetime Achievement Award by the Visioneers International Network.

She is the co-author of the award-winning bestsellers of the Future Humans Trilogy with Dr. Jean Houston. which won the prestigious 2022 Silver and 2023 Gold Nautilus Book awards. She holds a Master’s degree in Law and Judicial Political Sciences from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and received a degree of Doctor from the Maastricht Sustainability Institute at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. dissertation Into the Heart of Systems Change, is being implemented worldwide for systemic transformation in economics, education, politics, and governance through her proposed Transition Plan for a Thrivable Civilization. She lives with her children in Mauritius.