Our world is transforming at breakneck speed. Climate change, artificial intelligence, the automation of jobs, information availability and other developments are rewriting the idea of how to live in the 21st century. Problem is, we're not doing a very good job of preparing our populations on how to navigate this brave new world. This development is different than anything else in known human history. Managing this kind of stress may be showing up as addiction epidemics, dramatic global increases in anxiety, depression and quiet desperation. What can be done? Here are a few articles that testify to this trend.....
How climate change is affecting our mental health......https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/climate-change-mental-health-eprise/index.html
How American philosophical ideas are making us depressed.....https://www.alternet.org/books/how-americas-economic-ideology-making-people-depressed-and-anxiety-filled
How the internet is driving us crazy and perhaps leading us to bad decision making...https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/trend-watch-internet-making-us-crazy/326147/
....and if you are in that dark place, here are some things you can do....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu-n2Wdtfo8
Flipping the Script - The trending movement to do something about things you want changed. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
There is a lot of dissatisfaction in many parts of the world. The United States is getting a lot of press because of the divide between at least two very different visions of the future. It appears, however, that there is significant ground work taking place that may not make the headlines but is taking place, nevertheless. Here are some examples of trends of how people are actually changing things.
How Veganism is conquering the world
Just a few short years ago, Veganism was seen as a goofy lifestyle choice of the tree hugger sect. Now, from airlines to special banquets to a friend's home, consideration of your dietary choice is the norm. The ancient dietary foundation of West Africa and Asian countries is now the fastest growing dietary trend. Read this article of how people championing Veganism is transforming the planet.
Google employees are pushing back against management's decision to work with the Pentagon.
Not quite sure how this is going to turn out, but the idea of employees seeing themselves with agency in their company is a reminder that the trend toward personal responsibility in an organization is refreshing -- no matter where you stand politically. Read this....https://www.cnet.com/news/google-employees-push-back-against-companys-pentagon-work/
The Me Too movement is changing the foundation of societies.
Tanara Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement is tapping into a basic religious belief: "to whom much is given, much is required". Read the latest on this grass roots game changer...https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/me-too-founder-tarana-burke-women-sexual-assault
The Move to Mindfulness
While the practice of Mindfulness (being present with your thoughts through yoga, meditation, etc) may not be the silver bullet to solve all of our society woes, the fact that it's trending in the world shows there is a search for a better way to live. This is important in a time when the world is experiencing rising rates of anxiety, depression and suicide. Read this...https://journal.thriveglobal.com/mindfulness-the-sweeping-workplace-trend-68c057b7ea5d
For those of you who may not have a full appreciation of the benefits of meditation, I offer this video..
Chet W. Sisk
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org