Keenya Hofmaier

Content Director, Paris Talks

About Keenya Hofmaier

Hello! I'm the Content Director for Paris Talks: a conference on the future of humanity. We exist as a global platform to promote new approaches and innovative ideas that address future global challenges. My professional experience/interests include: CSR/Sustainable Development, Writing/Translation (FR>EN) and Diversity.


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Recent Comments

Mar 04, 2019
Replying to Jacques Drolet

Dear Keenya,

thank you for the overview and vision. I would add that for moving ahead we have to find a way to take the largest part of the Gauss with us. This is not what we have been doing in the last 50 years and most specifically in the last 20. I would also argue that most deciders think of themselves as world citizens, while to feel arrived is a clear demonstration that one is not.

One has to develop those global citizen abilities like we learn and practice math, art, and languages. Without Cross-cultural abilities we will not be able to drive toward a humane globalization. Without them we have a significant percentage of the population where fear and intolerance increase. We have what we have now globally, a slide toward despotism, populism... The tools to develop those abilities exist, they have been developed a while ago by some aid institutions. What we have to do is make them available globally.

I agree that the future is in the power of the many. No doubt. I call it Swarmship. But this works with the people a society has ( or a world). If we do not take all the people with us, it is not going to be nice, in fact it is what we have now: about a third of each country is angry or have loss hope. The power of the many in this case leads to either applied populism or despotism, in any case to violence.

To leave on a positive note, cross-cultural abilities can be learned in many ways.

Dear Jacques, 

Thank you for the insightful comment. I agree, in order to have a society that functions on the principle of global citizenship, we first need to focus on how to educate global citizens.  This requires us all - individuals, organizations and institutions - to change how we address Learning and problem solving. More integrated approaches are needed to Foster such growth. 

Hopefully you will be able to attend Paris talks on March 15th (?) where we will discuss ways to move forward in this direction.  

All the best,


Mar 04, 2019
Replying to Michael BAHATI

"...When responsibility for peace is in the hands of many instead of the hands of a few, we multiply our ability to prosper and preserve the peace we have so greatly taken for granted in the past..." 

Keenya, this is an interesting piece of content and really something that might seem obvious but, alas isn't tackled seriously. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of always consulting with those impacted by the decisions of our leaders and institutions.

Nice article. I look forward to seeing you at the OECD Forum in May.


Mar 04, 2019
Replying to Paul Joseph

This is something definitely worth exploring as the current solutions that have been tried and had tons of money poured on obviously arent working. It's time for a new approach to peace.

Thank you!

Feb 28, 2019

Hi Anthony,

I enjoyed reading your article.  I understand just how important citizen engagement is and the need to champion "people power" as a response to growing challenges. I just wrote an article on the Forum Network citing global citizenship as a tool to harness such engagement via the upcoming Paris Talks conference. Hopefully you will be able to attend. 

I look forward to attending the OECD Forum 2019 and would welcome the opportunity to present the Paris Talks White Paper on this occasion, which will be drafted during conference working sessions with the support of engaged citizens attending the event.

More than happy to discuss further,


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