ABOUT

Founders & Mission

Sapienship was co-founded by Yuval Noah Harari and Itzik Yahav in 2019.

Our mission is to clarify the global conversation, focus attention on the most important challenges, and support the quest for solutions.

the challenges we focus on

Technological Disruption

Who will take responsibility for the impact of AI, infotech and
bio-engineering?

Sapienship wants to join forces with you to:

  • Highlight all the possible consequences of technological advancement

  • Raise awareness of the need to manage, regulate and control our data in a way that serves the greater good

  • Explore possible models for taking responsibility for the impact of AI and bio-engineering

Ecological Collapse

WHEN WILL GLOBAL LEADERS TAKE THE ACTIONS THAT ARE SO URGENTLY NEEDED IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT?

Sapienship wants to join forces with you to:

  • Highlight the possible consequences of ecological degradation

  • Raise awareness of the urgent need to take top-down action at the highest levels, to limit climate change and ecological damage

  • Explore ways of prompting political leaders and industry to take responsibility for our living environment

Nuclear Threat

How can we stop the arms race and place controls on the proliferation and deployment of destructive weapons?

Sapienship wants to join forces with you to:

  • Highlight the extent of the physical and diplomatic destruction that a nuclear war would trigger globally

  • Raise awareness of the need to avert the very real risk of a nuclear arms race

  • Explore ways of influencing those responsible for the proliferation of nuclear arms

OUR values

Care about suffering

Problems are never abstract. All problems are ultimately about particular beings suffering. Therefore when dealing with global problems we should not get entangled in mere abstractions, but should instead keep in touch with real experiences.

slow down

Many of the world’s problems – from ecological degradation to individual stress – result from the accelerating pace of life. The search for solutions should not involve further acceleration.

Learn to distinguish reality from illusion

If we cannot see reality clearly, we are likely to come up with bad solutions, or waste our energy on the wrong problems.

Enable everyone to take part in the conversation

All people in all countries should take part in the conversation about humanity’s global problems, and the search for solutions should take into account diverse viewpoints and interests.

Keep your eyes on the ball

Focus on the main global problems facing humanity.

Stay open to criticism

Nobody is free from ignorance, bias and error. It is therefore important to examine criticism carefully instead of rushing to dismiss it.

our team

Itzik Yahav
President

Itzik is the co-founder and head of ynh’s global initiatives. He was the initial agent and personal manager who spread the books worldwide, and has been Yuval’s spouse since 2001. His background is in art and production.

Cares about: The environment; animal welfare; managing disruptive technology.

Wonders: What should we teach our children to prepare them for the future?


Itzik Yahav
President
Naama Avital
CEO

Naama comes from a background of management in social and business enterprises, focusing on innovation and educational technology.

Cares about: Human liberties; nature; spreading knowledge.

Wonders: How do humans look from a cat’s point-of-view?


Naama Avital
CEO
Naama Wartenburg
CMO & Head of Content

Naama’s background is in comms, marketing and brand reputation management within the third sector and PR industry. She studied literature and visual communication, and spent most of her working life in the UK.

Cares about: New urbanism; community development; art and design.

Wonders: What would a world without private cars look like?


Naama Wartenburg
CMO & Head of Content
Shay Abel
CFO

Shay is a CPA and lawyer. He recently served as the CFO of a publicly traded company, focused on real estate investment.

Cares about: Polarization of society; the focus of public discourse.

Wonders: How can we recognize fake news and prevent its blind acceptance?


Shay Abel
CFO
Michael Zur
Global Reach 

Michael comes from a background of management and operations in international sporting events, both in Israel and around the world.

Cares about: Climate change; social justice; governmental transparency.

Wonders: Why are women paid less than men for the same work?


Michael Zur
Global Reach 
Daniel Taylor
Rights 

Daniel has a professional background in law and business development.

Cares about: Environmental degradation; creeping totalitarianism; technological dystopia.

Wonders: Is this freedom?


Daniel Taylor
Rights 
Guangyu Bellenssa Chen
Director of Chinese Speaking Markets

Guangyu (Bellenssa) comes from a background of performing arts, intercultural communication, and marketing. She is a children’s book writer and translator, as well as a children’s theater curator.

Cares about: The land mine crisis; women’s equal rights.

Wonders: Are we creating a better world for our children?


Guangyu Bellenssa Chen
Director of Chinese Speaking Markets
Hannah Morgan
Online Content Developer

Hannah comes from a background in cultural anthropology, media, and archaeology, with particular attention to the study of the materiality, development of collections, and display of objects.

Cares about: Public education, art accessibility, and storytelling.

Wonders: What will museums be like in the future?


Hannah Morgan
Online Content Developer
Galiete Gothelf
Office Manager

Galiete has a background in office management and customer care, as well as knowledge of alternative medicine. 

Cares about: Helping children develop in the best way possible; animal welfare; making people feel better about themselves.

Wonders: How can we bring down people’s natural anger levels?


Galiete Gothelf
Office Manager
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