Universal Future, Founder
Public Policy Institute, Director “Global Challenges”
The years of work and studies I have spent in countries of diverse anthropological, political and cultural realities like Japan, Australia, Russia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Czechia, and my numerous visits across the globe, were abundant in meetings and conversations with not only politicians, government officials and businessmen, but also people of different existential background, ethnicity, education and profession, philosophy and religion, social status and political inclination: aboriginal painters in Australia, US generals, Japanese Buddhist and Shinto priests, Majesties and members of Royal families, Russian scientists, street Mapuche musicians in Chile, British parliamentarians, Indian philosophers, Czech university professors, CEOs of top Japanese corporations, Chinese social sciences researchers, Dutch entrepreneurs – to mention just a few. Over time all this primary data, intertwined with the everyday inflow of information about human activities all over the world and their real-time consequences, were re-assimilated in my mind through the tools of philosophy, international relations, ethics, biology, economics, history and political sciences to gradually constitute a distinct resolution to re-examine my understanding about politics and the nature of human society. Making all the time hard efforts to keep the methodology machine uncontaminated by ideological, political or personal prejudice, I clung to one rule: If you aspire for the beauty of truth, it is only facts and logic that matter.
Questioning the viability of human social and political behaviour and the capacity of existing political systems to lead to where people want to be, I believe that sooner than later, in pursue of sustainable prosperity, our humanity will embrace its ultimate imperative of Civilizational Thinking.
Human Civilization is the spiritual dimension of homo sapiens group survival strategy that urges humans to mutually defend their strategic self-interest by generating Civilizational Values; and the optimal political environment for that is Universal Future: a global multifaceted platform on which all polities in their ideological, political, national, cultural, ethnic, religious, racial, etc. diversity exist, interrelate and compete with each other on non-violence basis.
Personal Data: I was born in the small village of Karapelit, in 1951 – just a few years after the newly installed communist regime had expropriated all our family’s fertile lands, livestock and farming machinery. From my early childhood I clearly remember the days when my grandfather occasionally took me on his donkey driven cart to cut grass in the nearby meadows – taking a brief rest, he would from time to time lean on the pole of the scythe and say, looking at the green fields before us: “The lands over there, too, were ours. We had everything we needed. To support your future too. But incapable, good for nothing people came with their guns and took from us everything.” And he would wipe with the back of his hand a tear rolling down his cheek. That was my first lesson in real politics: because some evil people usurped the power, our family wealth that was piled by my ancestors for centuries of hard agricultural labour, was gone. And that I have to start from ground zero. Maybe such memories later on made for me Nobel Prize writer Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” a beloved reading for life.
My mother was of a different background – a poor orphan, raised by her uncle in the mountainous hamlet of Shumnene, where I used to spend my long summer holidays with the tough, silent and proud relatives who I liked to call “the Highlanders”. Not only because of the surrounding mountains, but also because my uncles had joined the resistance movement during the Nazi occupation. After the war such a record provided huge privileges for political or government administration career, but none of them applied. And once, when I asked uncle Tsacho, who until his eighties worked as a carpenter in his small workshop, why didn’t he take advantage of that generous privileges, he finished sawing the log on the huge rattling electric saw machine, switched the machine off, then looked into my eyes, smiled and said: “Because, my dear boy, that was not why we took up arms against fascists”.
Both my parents were teachers in the village elementary school, and as my mother was keeping the key of the school library, I grew up amidst books of science, art, and the world literature classics.
I left home at the age of fourteen to continue my high school education at the English Language School in the city of Rousse, where my interests were concentrated on natural sciences associated with the application of biological knowledge in designing man-made systems and technologies in mechanics, architecture, chemical processes, electronics, electronics, artificial intelligence, etc. In 1970 I won the national competition in the field.
Me, when I was 20.
My great love has always been AI, and my wish was to go into AI research. At the age of 20 I met the head of Cybernetics Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, only to realize that the AI time was not ripe yet, or that my circumstances were incompatible. So I went into the international affairs, and that was the point when my behavioristic trajectory diverged from my innate existential dimensions. In the background, however, my research interests in that field were with me for all those decades of traveling around the world, meeting variety of people and immersing into diversity of cultures. With no flashing AI news for some period of time, one more sub-field of interest emerged – animal sociality, with the challenging issue: why “simple” bees, for example, follow a superior collective evolutionary strategy which, unlike “advanced” humans, does not allow system members to fight each other and destroy common values?
In terms of education: I graduated with honours the University of Economics in Prague (MA in International Business, Trade and Commerce) in 1977 and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MA in International Relations and Affairs) in 1983. In 1981 I finalized my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in International Economics, in the University of Economics in Prague.
My 40 years career includes high positions in the diplomatic service and the treasury of Bulgaria, as well as ambassador postings to Australia and Japan.
I loved my job as member of the diplomatic service, though I will never forget the words of my first boss in the Foreign Affairs: “Lubomir, you seem to be more interested in abstract ideas than in real people. That will not be very helpful in your diplomatic work.” Now I have no doubt he was right.