I learned that Global Competitiveness Forum hosted by the Saudi Arabian Government - as "An annual program of activities attended by global business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals who share a common interest in competitiveness."
The forum is hosting a session called "Learning from Outer Space"
Of greatest interest is the description of the session.
"Psychological and socio-cultural assumptions and preconceptions constrain us to a large extent, and shape our views of the universe so that we are inclined to find what we are looking for, and fail to see what we are not. Using knowledge gained from research in the fields of Ufology and the search for extraterrestrial life, what might we possibly learn about hindrances to innovation in other areas of inquiry?"
Indeed there are many unexamined assumptions which need revisiting to arrive at a sustainable civilization.