Global issues such as the climate change, or the 'world problematique' as the Club of Rome called them, call for new ways of thinking and acting. Results in physics and cognitive science challenge the foundations on which the academic tradition has developed. Information technology allows us to organize the production and distribution of knowledge in completely new ways. In these circumstances a new academic frontier opens up, where we are called upon to create the very ways in which we are practicing our profession. Since 1995 I have been working as a prospector on this frontier, developing a portfolio of creative directions, exhibited on these pages.