The purpose of the Domus Dorpatensis Foundation is to support the advancement of the sciences, society and culture. The best way to do that, is to create the conditions in which they can flourish. Therefore our vision is a world in which humanity can achieve its potential.
Our end goal is a world with an institutional framework in which the largest amount of people can achieve their maximum potential – do science and create culture, and through that enable the development of humankind. Based on the ideas of Karl Popper we call this kind of institutional arrangement an Open Society. This kind of society is the precondition for a sustainable life on planet Earth, the development of the human civilization and even for such distant goals as the colonization of space.
The basis of our vision (and our mission) is that on the one hand, human beings have not and will not change much (psychologically, biologically), but on the other hand, the world around us is in constant change (technological, environmental, cultural). Institutions are what enable us humans to adapt to these changes. By institutions we mean (based on Samuel P. Huntington) “stable, valued, recurring patterns of behavior”, which structure and direct human behavior everywhere on Earth.
So our mission is to ensure an institutional arrangement for the world that enables development. The institutional arrangements we have today have appeared due to environmental conditions and intentional human activity. And this means that to a certain extent these arrangements can be rearranged.
So the role of DD Academy is to empower young people to do just that – to create new institutions, change the existing and terminate obsolete ones – all with the goal of enabling the unchanging humans to adapt to the ever-changing environment. This is what Karl Popper calls defending the Open Society.