Today’s democracy is designed for the 18th century. We delegate power to elected officials and have no other influence over them than our vote for their reelection. Why go on like this if we have the technology to decide and solve problems on our own? The traditional answer to this question has been that the problems are too complex, and should be left in the hands of a select few.
At Whetu we think differently. We believe that shared global challenges, like poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, or environmental degradation can be solved more effectively if everybody is involved and contributes from their communities. We believe the world needs a new generation of problem solvers. Why delegate to others what we can do ourselves?
Whetu provides high quality education at an affordable price, allowing anyone to become part of the solution in today’s most pressing challenges.
In ancient history, the privileged in society were educated by private tutors.
They provided a comprehensive education that prepared the elite to govern and rule.
Only select circles could hold economic and military power.
The formation of universities during the 11th century helped create
new communities of educators and academics. Universities offered
classical education to a small but growing academic class. Because
of this, a small minority of society had access to literature,
philosophy and science.
THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSITY
A shift from absolute monarchy to modern democracy offered society new
opportunities. The power of government changed hands, from the
aristocracy to the people. Democracy takes root in places where people
desire to have control over their own destiny.
MODERN DEMOCRACY TAKES HOLD
Democratic rule spreads to other nations, it makes higher education widely
available and power is shared between social classes. Citizens influence
government by selecting representatives, their vote empowers the elected.
However, unchecked capitalism causes social unrest and environmental
degradation to grow rapidly. We’re not doing enough.
THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE
Technology radically transformed how we access information and knowledge.
More people are educated than ever before, but inequality and depletion of
natural resources grows worldwide. Something has to change: our education
system is flawed; it’s based on principles left over from the Industrial
Revolution. Our education system does not teach us how to alleviate
poverty, protect human rights, or drive sustainable development.
THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION
The transition from representative democracy to real democracy
is within reach. Whetu helps understand shared challenges and
allows everyone to suggest, collaborate and work on solutions.
Whetu offers the technology to empower each individual,
allowing everyone to be an agent of change; a part of the
solution. That’s our mission at Whetu.
WE’RE ALL PART OF THE SOLUTION
Provide everyone with access to education in topics of public interest, allowing anyone to solve shared challenges from their own community.
Enable recognized experts in topics of public interest to share and scale their solutions, knowledge and innovations with anyone around the world.
Through education, open access to new opportunities for everyone, regardless of their location or economic background.
And ultimately, increase the number of people involved in public decision-making and problem-solving.
The world needs a new generation of problem solvers
Generate social consciousness
Shared challenges can only be solved if everyone is involved in the solution. In an increasingly individualistic world, we need to work together.
Today’s challenges need new solutions. We need a new generation of problem solvers.
Share new solutions
Our education systems is old and flawed. Creativity and innovation are at the foundation of how we aspire to solve shared challenges.