This is not hard. When more people do well, more people do well. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The global trends in economic inequality isn't really that hard to figure out. If you create systems where more and more resources are concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people, you develop an imbalance of how a system works. Jobs become cheaper and pay less, more poor people are created, and the national economy becomes increasingly more fragile. From 1945 through the early 1970s, there was a period of time in the history of the United States often called "The Great Compression". This time of unprecedented growth and economic prosperity was unmatched in human history. Communities of color didn't see the same benefits of this time due to widespread systemic racism, but in general, the economy grew and grew rapidly. It was called The Great Compression because you didn't have the gigantic gulfs of difference between the very rich and the very poor that you have today. The mechanisms put in place by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt were created to make sure more resources got in the hands of more people so that they could do more things. True to form, it worked, for many Americans. But a funny thing happened on the way to prosperity. After Ronald Reagan was elected, president, things started to trend in a different direction, due to a new set of policies that emphasized "some get....most don't." Once economic inequality started to expand and resources for everyday citizens were seen as "entitlements", the ranks of the very poor swelled, the working poor increased exponentially and the very rich started to own more and more of the world. This isn't a political position. These are the facts as they stand today.
More data in from a Universal Basic Income experiment in Kenya for the last few years backs the basic truth that when more people do well, more people do well. This ground breaking study shows that when you gave people $1000 every month to families for a year, no questions asked, the entire community benefits and prospers....
Despite the growing number of studies that say getting more resources in the hands of more people works for the overall good, there are those who are providing false narratives about job growth, so there is no need to change things.....
So, the evidence says, put more resources in the hands of more people (all of it's people) and you have a robust and thriving economy. Seems simple enough, but there are people against that idea. That being said, here are 3 ways we can introduce empowered communities that duplicate the ideas of strong economies...
Communities must band together. Communities are stronger than individuals and more agile than political groups.
We must embrace a different philosophical view. It's true that when people don't see a hope in the future beyond theor current circumstances, despair and a general collapse of social norms follows.
We must push for Universal Basic Income-like programs. I use that term "universal basic income" loosely. Anything that puts more resources in the hands of more people creates a better economy.
Taking action to empower communities and people is a safe, easy way to avoid an eventual crisis that comes when an economy is grossly imbalanced. It is an unhealthy thing when people feel they have no chance of being able to create a prosperous life of dignity. A four year decline in life expectancy, an anxiety and depression epidemic and runaway drug overdoses are all signs that people are at a crisis state in their existence and cannot see themselves in the future.
Its more true now than it's ever been: when more people do well, more people do well
We've become a nation of 'hustlers', but partnership is the future. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The US has elevated the title of "hustler" to stratospheric levels. We have movies that come out and celebrate the people who "hustle". We praise colleagues as hustlers because of their ability to do anything the situation calls for. We admire the grit demonstrated by people and their resourcefulness as they navigate life.
Then there is another set of hustlers that we celebrate. We have politicians who write books on making hustling people an "art" in order to "get over" on them. We have company executives who hustle the general public by being deceptive in the products they manufacture. We have entire institutions that are "gaming the system" so they can have an unfair advantage. These are the new hustlers that we have elevated to cult status because we sometimes equate them to our own survival hustle. It is a false equivalence. It is not the same. These new hustlers and grifters are people hell bent on material acquisition and power by any means necessary. They have now become our personality. Our mindset. Our spirit.
While I do understand the hustle as a survival tool, I don't want us to lose the truth that there are circumstances creating the need for us to hustle in the first place. Oftentimes, those circumstances are created by the new hustlers that aren't surviving, but thriving.....at your expense. Those circumstances aren't the natural order of humans. They are man-made. Ask the Nordic states.
The one thing that modern technology keeps telling us by it's very existence is that things work better, more efficiently and more effectively when they are connected and work together. There is more leverage in connectivity, more collective power and more innovation when people can draw on a variety of sources instead of just their own insular hustle. In the ancient African philosophical construct of Ubuntu, the idea is that we can use more sources to solve our problems than playing out a wild west scenario where it's every person for themselves. The old phrase goes "when more people do well....more people do well."
Back in my days teaching leadership at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, I asked the students what was the root of all evil? Most of them answered money. Others said it was the love of money. But I demonstrated to them that indifference is the root of all evil. Once you no longer see one person as being connected to you, you logically work out in your mind that they no longer have value and you can do things to them you would never do to yourself. They no longer are a partner for success but a tool for your hustle. We've done it in slavery, genocide, wars as well as violence against the planet. We are paying for that indifference to the planet in the form of an extinction level event called climate crisis. No hustle will get us out of this.
Highly developed partnerships is the tool of choice for a planet that must rethink it's resources, it's people and the way that it looks at the future. The efficiency and effectiveness of partnerships makes hustling look like a third grade school dance. So it's not whether or not partnerships is better than individual hustling. It's whether or not we can develop the collective will to become something great
We're having a nervous "breakthrough", and that's a good thing. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk.
First, reference and clarity. A nervous breakdown is a bout of mental illness that is so severe, it directly impacts their ability to function in everyday life. ,Here in the US, it appears that we are experiencing a bout of systemic dysfunction so severe, it threatens to halt the function of the entire society. Here is the evidence of that. ..k
Some religious institutions have sold out to for political leverage or are embroiled in broad abuse scandals
Massive, systemic corruption in our political institutions is on full display.....
The economic system is being questioned, even by some of it's most ardent supporters because of massive income inequality…
Even some of our philanthropic organizations are gaming the system....
All of this while the world burns under climate crisis...
Based on most of the information I've studied from past civilizations, times like these only means previous methods are not sustainable. It's time to create something transformative. We're in the middle of a nervous break through...a one-time opportunity to re-imagine how the future works. Truth is, we usually don't respond to change unless it's on our doorstep. This time that change is past the doorstep, in the kitchen and eating our food.
There are five things that we can do to leverage this moment.....
1. Travel. Go see someone you haven't seen in a while and have dinner with them. Go to some place you haven't been and see the sights. Meet up with a social media acquaintance for a shared encounter. This increases your ability to connect, relate to and develop your human contact skills. We're going to need them.
2. Turn off the social media and news for a period of time. We already know their are outside actors playing in social media platforms to manipulate you. Why help them?
3. Create or join a community group. The next round of leadership that will emerge will be community groups. Not bought by political action money and bigger than the individual, community groups will create next level leadership that's more flexible and agile.
4. Meditate. Even if you give yourself 5 minutes of just following each breath, you may well add a month of quality life onto your existence. There is nothing more powerful than meditation. It is, truly, a miracle tool.
5. Create a social innovation group. Innovation isn't just for technology. It's for social structures, too. Social innovation groups seek to find better tools, ideas, and thoughts on what could work better in a time of technological evolution, climate crisis, income inequality and re-imagined leadership. Write us here at email@example.com and we'll turn you on to them.
Enjoy every minute of your nervous breakthrough.
As a Futurist, one of the things I've discovered over the years is that cycles -- life patterns where you pretty much do the same thing on the regular --- are fairly common. People embrace cycles because they are familiar and that they offer a sense of security in a world that often seems strange, uncomfortable and dangerous. Even if those cycles are dangerous, some people conclude that "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know." This kind of processing leads abused spouses to stay in abusive relationships. It leads corporation executives to bankrupt a company. It can even lead grown adults to say climate change is a hoax. While cycles are not necessarily bad in and of themselves, we are living in a time where we need to go above and beyond all that we know. There is a tool that can be used to break the power of habit and cycle and help us go above and beyond. It's a super power most of us have, but perhaps have under developed as a skill. That super power is vision.
Vision, the ability to imagine and see things that others cannot and the ability to turn it into a reality, is usually left to politicians, preachers or CEOs as a tool of the ambitious and well connected. The truth is, all human beings have been born with it as part of the human package. To what degree we develop it usually determines the quality of our lives. Here are some of the basic benefits of vision....
Vision can be a powerful unifier. I would submit that when a country, city or community is in discord, the lack of a common vision is usually at the center of the problem. Vision doesn't mean everyone agrees on an item. It means that the vision or a view of the road ahead is so big, inclusive, affirmative and compelling, people are willing to put aside their differences to make that one thing happen, first and foremost.
Vision is positive. There are people who unify their communities through fear. They tell you about all the things you should be afraid of. They tell you about the "others" and what those others will do to you. They tell you of the loss you will suffer from the others. That fear directly affects your quality of life. Vision is just the opposite. Vision leans on the benefits of a shared idea. It thrives when more people are able to participate in it. In quantum mechanics, vision is the vehicle for The Observer Effect --- the observed is affected by the observer. Fear begats more fear and affects the quality of our experience. While a positive vision has a direct affect on the quality of our lives. We are affecting that life through how we envision it.
Vision makes you put in work. Most people may not look at vision as a process, but it is. It requires you to flesh out a passing thought or idea. It demands that you think it through so that it's more than a wish or a dream, but an action plan. Vision requires you to make, at least, a mental commitment to something that used to be a fringe blip on your radar. Developing the vision means you are now committed to seeing the vision through. It will take a few changes along the way, but now it won't be left to chance.
Unfortunately, many people around us have reduced vision to personal gain, materialism and political gamesmanship. In the old world, this approach created a gain for a few, but led all of us to an existential crisis called climate catastrophe. The new world we are shifting into requires us to be magicians --- turning poison into medicine, conflict into companionship and profit into abundance. It is the super power that gives us the greatest chance to thrive and succeed in a time of climate crisis. Vision is the tool for this level of work.
Most of us know all the things you're against. Chances are you've posted it on social media at one time or another.
But what are you for? The essence of that is your vision.
Your definition of "winning" in the modern world is in need of an overhaul. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
What does "winning" mean to you? There is an intense debate going on across the globe as to what "winning" or victory is in a society. For the past few hundred years, it has been loosely defined as beating the competition, the gain of resources or materials over others and a superior quality of life as compared to our neighbors. But over the past year, there has been a serious "come to Jesus" re-thinking as to what winning is in the world as we collectively face the greatest "loss" modern humans have ever had to face, namely, an extinction level event called climate crisis. While climate crisis is not explicitly mentioned in these discussions, it has been a major catalyst as to why we're having these conversations now.
The Business Roundtable, a gathering of the biggest corporations in the US, made a declaration that corporations should serve their communities as well as their owners. This is a dramatic change of statement from the idea that the purpose of the corporation is to "maximize stockholder profits" -- to win.
Billionaires are now openly voicing ideas of re-imagining the very system that made them rich.
The term "re-imagining capitalism" is trending, and not just with college students, but with conservative think tanks and politicians.
Again, these conversations are suddenly trending, not necessarily because of climate crisis only, but, in my opinion, because of the narrow, unsustainable definition of winning we've embraced over the years. My anecdotal observation of our narrowly defined winning idea goes something like this...
OLD WINNING CONCEPTS
Some get. Most don't.
Scarcity over abundance.
There's not enough for everyone.
My winning means you have to lose.
One guy at the top with everyone else at the bottom.
NEW WINNING CONCEPTS
We can design systems where there is enough for everyone.
Abundance over scarcity.
Instead of winners, there is winning.
Lateral management models of participation.
I would submit that we've gotten so used to the repeated messages of the old winning model, we believe its a truth of life. The real truth is that it is a choice we've made that we haven't provided a reasonable challenge to.
I don't believe in dropping this argument into 18th , 19th and 20th century political philosophy boxes because, I believe our best ideas are still in front of us. We are no longer tied to concepts created in an entirely different word. We are free to explore new, more enlightened possibilities.
If this sounds like pie in the sky utopia to you, it may be because your brain can't process that we really can re-imagine how things work when we develop a different concept of winning. My data shows the current definition has crushed imagination, hampered large scale innovation, elevated the scarcity economic model over the abundance model, demonized visionary thinking and reduced human value. The evidence is all around us.
It's time to unleash the full power of human potential to think of better ways forward. If this becomes a political issue, it will be subject to the games politicians play in utilizing fear instead of courage, doubt instead of assuredness and loss instead of gain.
Perhaps your current definition of winning needs to catch up with the massive self-examination that's going on now of how to push the reset button in the face of crises we've never seen before. Calling all creative thinkers....
Population bust, and our badly managed, poorly understood immigration challenge. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
I recently heard Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders say something that was …..well, lacking. He said:
"The planet cannot sustain this (human population) growth. I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it's crucial to face,"
A more accurate answer is that just the opposite is happening. And the challenge isn't necessarily about the number of people we have. It's about how we've organized things.
There is a population bust happening in the world that’s gaining speed. Most if not all Western states, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and now in many parts of Asia, are no longer having enough children to replace the number of people dying. This is called a population bust. On the surface, this would seem like a good thing to those folks who believed our world was on the brink of disaster due to overpopulation. But that's not the case. Fewer people being born means fewer people to help fund a society’s tax base.
The world is aging rapidly. There are fewer young workers in the world to support a society, particularly in the West. That's being quickened with the rise of automation and the need for fewer workers. A diminishing tax base means fewer people to help support rapidly aging communities. The growth of the elderly with a shrinking tax base could lead to a collapse of how a society works, as it is organized right now.
The economic strain on caregivers for the elderly. With fewer services, more of the economic burden of caring for the elderly will fall on the shoulders of caregivers, namely, the children of the elderly. With ongoing economic inequity, that strain will only increase over the years.
Immigration can help provide economic stability to a country following the path of population bust…., Leaders that demonize "cultural others" for the sake of gaining political advantage are basically taking their country on a path to ruin. A more sophisticated approach to immigration is not that hard. In fact, it will be needed in the face of migrating populations seeking to escape the devastations caused by climate crisis. The US will experience it this year as Bahamians seek refuge from the crisis of hurricane Dorian and Central Americans seek to escape the hardships of drought caused by climate crisis. This is just the begining. A grown up, robust immigration approach that addresses the bust and deals with climate change migration is needed from visionary and empowered leadership. Unfortunately, no one seems to be in a hurry to develop that kind of leadership yet. Watch South Korea. They will become the poster child for what to do or what not to do when it comes to immigration reform.
And for those of you still deeply married to the idea that too many people are causing climate crisis.....
Climate crisis isn't about too many people. It's about how we've organized resources. We grow enough food right now to feed everyone 10 times over. The real challenge is how we've organized resources. We could have a fourth of the people we have in the world right now and still be in climate crisis because of how we exploit land, minerals, the environment in general as well as other people. Comprehensive immigration reform can be the lead in for re-thinking how things work.
Creative thought, new values, advanced technology and an entirely new way of looking at immigration could set us up for a more efficient and effective way to manage societies and expectations. Watching from the sidelines using a 20th century lens for viewing is not a recipe for success. Let's do better!
Five big and brave suggestions on how you and your family can take advantage of a potential economic downturn. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
At a conference of real estate and housing professionals last September, I said that the US would be in recession in about 18 months. No self-respecting futurist would usually throw out time frames like that, but I was caught in the moment and wanted to be clear. Someone asked me what I based my prediction on, and I gave them my top three reasons:
More accurately, poor leadership. Recessions aren't natural occurrences like the changing seasons from summer to fall. They occur because we have made the poor leadership decision of thinking that the boom/bust cycle is the best that we can do as a society...
Boom. Bust. Boom. Bust. Boom. Bust. Boom. Bust. Boom. Bust.....
In a future article, I'll go into why that fallacy is keeping us from profound innovation, creativity and breakthrough discoveries. But today, I'm going to share five things that are trending that can make the coming economic time a window of opportunity. This is an extremely important conversation because most of you are carrying really heavy debt loads and will be under some pressure....
You're going to hear the usual suspects tell you to pay down debt, spend only on the essentials and wait this one out, but the truth is, many people still haven't recovered from the last one....
So, yeah, do those things as recommended by the "experts", but why not also go big and brave? Here are five big and brave things you could do right now to get in front of something that might happen....
1. Join a food cooperative. There are many organic food cooperatives all over the place that are looking to get their product to people. These cooperatives can help in your overall food budget. Your cooperative can be as simple as pairing up with other backyard farmers and doing trade. Even more, it could be an effective hedge against food price challenges as climate crisis disrupts world food supply chains.
2. Get rid of your vehicle. For the first time since the automobile age emerged, the number of registered drivers are going down. Why? Because ride sharing and the coming autonomous automobiles are making it smarter and cheaper to get around. without owning a car. This becomes even more important as more people flock to urban areas where space and parking are limited at best. It's just an expense you actually could get by without. You can thank the evolution of AI for this option.
3. Retire overseas. If you're at that age where you're living on a limited pension and you're out of the workforce, consider other countries where you can live on the cheap and like a king.
4. Join a prayer/mindfulness/meditation group. The last thing you need is unchecked anxiety to creep into your household at a time of challenges. There's no substitute for taking care of your spirit in the company of others in tough times. Developing friendships, getting great ideas and sharing suggestions can also come from your time with these people. Don't go into a cave. Reach out, instead.
5. Create partnerships with your rivals. During a recession, people still need services....they just need them cheaper. Creating partnerships with colleagues means you can team up with them to service more people but at a cheaper rate. Sure, it's not the same as when you would do it by yourself, but having partners means you can bring more services to the table and, in theory, get more gigs.
Don't shrink...think! This is the time to be brave and bold in a world going through massive transition.
I'm going to expand on the work of writer Don Miguel Ruiz who originally wrote "The Four Agreements". His four agreements are:
I'd like to update those agreements to meet the extraordinary time of change we are in right now. In a Pentagon report released a few years ago, it said "the next few years will decide the next 100". I agree. Climate crisis, social disruption, technological advancement have all converged at this moment in time. Here are the new agreements for times like these.
1. Be impeccable with truth. Truth is that cocktail that combines wisdom, data, facts, empathy and mother wit. It's shaken, not stirred. It's not absolute, but it does require absolute and rigorous work by you, it's champion. In my work as an analyst and Futurist, I have learned that the single greatest challenge I face in sharing information is the preponderance of people who rely on scant information then take a deep dive into the pool of confirmation bias. All of us do it, but social media has made that indulgence more accessible to more people -- especially to the ignorant. Truth is not only our greatest ally in navigating new environments, but it should be cherished as our greatest treasure. It's pursuit will save us in the end. Ongoing lies and deception over an extended period of time will collapse any relationship, community or society. Truth is not a static position, but a way of life.
2. Take everything personally. We live in a time where you are encouraged to see yourself separate from the events that your senses are detecting. You are told you didn't see what you just saw, so you don't have to worry about it. This detachment from the environment allows us to treat the planet, nature, animals , and other human beings with a cool detachment and indifference. Not taking things personally has led to an extinction level event called climate crisis. Taking everything personally means that you now realize all of your actions and your words matter and have an effect.
3. Assume it's up to you and others like you. "Someone else will do something about it". Famous last words for a country or a nation watching the slow drip of diminishing voter participation, distraction via our tech tools and indifference to the sufferings of other human beings. Assuming that creating a transformed world is up to you and others like you not only makes you personally responsible, but it gives you a voice and a stake in the world you live in. The future is determined by those bold enough to be present right now. Fortune favors the bold.
4. Go above and beyond "your best". Often when I hear people talk about their best, they speak of it in the context of what they know or what is normal or expected inside of convention. But what if we don't know what our best is because our imagination is on "lockdown" and we're too tied to what we've done in the past? Maybe we don't really know what our best is because we've never ventured out further than the normal. I often say that this is not a time for us to "think outside the box". This is a time to recognize there is no box. We are no longer tethered to the old ideas and are free to create new ones. I would submit that going above and beyond all that you know will take you to an open field where your best is still yet to be discovered.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary agreements. I submit mine.
Identicide. The reason behind the madness in our society and how climate crisis could help create something better. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Some of you are going to take issue with what I'm about to say. My early apologies, but I hope you'll take the time to think this one through. I'm riffing off the work of Professor Monica Duffy Toft at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. I'm leveraging her work because it matches my own. She asks the premier question of our time: The white male Christian identity the US has of itself is running into the reality of a diverse, feminine, multi-cultural population. Many Futurists like myself saw this coming years ago, but became worried that we, as a country, have not developed tools to navigate this level of change.
What happens to a country when its core national identity — its preferred image of itself in terms of race or religion — doesn’t match its demographic reality?
This life threatening moment to an established identity is called "identicide". Deep and abiding racism, misogyny, income inequality and racial violence can all be traced back to the idea of some people holding on to a certain cultural and racial identity (even if they are not part of that racial identity) in the face of a different rising reality. The reason it is bubbling up now is pure demographics. In the US, the widest range of cultural groups from around the world are not coming.....they are already here. Combine income inequality with our penchant to "other" ethnic groups that aren't like us and you have a toxic brew. We are not unique in this challenge. History is littered with destructive, messy cautionary tales when a country doesn't respond well to demographic change.
This may look like we're staring down the barrel of a loaded gun, but let me provide another vision from a Futurist's perspective. The only emotion that is stronger than fear is hope. In a society that encourages taking sides, I'd like to encourage us to take a stand. When there is a common challenge or "foe", people tend to lose their "us and them" baggage, roll up their sleeves and go to work. This shared or common work has the tendency to build alliances, common goals and often, a new national identity.
I see climate crisis as that opportunity.
Yes, climate crisis threatens our very existence. Yes, it has and will devastate our planet. But history has also shown that humans can rally under real and immediate pressure. Let me clarify myself even further. I would never wish the challenges of climate crisis on anyone. However, if we look at it for what it is, an opportunity, it can become more than our worst nightmare. This is not just about going to another workshop or conference. There is a mistaken belief that simply feeling better about a crisis through dialogue alone resolves it (ie: seminars, conferences, protests, rallies, etc). The technosphere that keeps the root problems on automatic pilot is never considered. However, working together on a common challenge increases the odds of identifying those root causes and dramatically increases the odds of finding solutions to them. This is what I call, re-imagining the future.
For several years, I taught a leadership summer course at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban and Pietermariztburg, South Africa. It was there I learned about the ancient African concept of Ubuntu -- the idea that sharing success as well as challenges was a much more efficient and effective way to navigate crises of scale. This tool of Ubuntu suggests that establishing a shared identity has the power to galvanize resources, people and vision at a time when you need all shoulders at the wheel. We have untapped abundance, prosperity and possibilities in this potential.
As with all great teams, it takes amazing coaches, trainers and support personnel to build this new way forward in the face of a stunning number of existential threats. We may not survive as a nation. We may not survive as a planet. But climate crisis is the rallying point that gives us a fighting chance to re-imagine a new way to live and jettison some of the baggage that got us to this moment of crisis in the first place. That also may mean letting go of a national identity myth. Make no mistake....people are deeply married to their victimhood and are quick to make enemies of the "other".....real or perceived. But to not give ourselves that shot at pushing the reset button and....perhaps....saving the day through a more powerful collective identity, would truly be a crime against humanity. It's hard, complicated, sometimes nasty work. But for once in our human existence, let's go above and beyond all that we know, and, as Psychologist Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clark would say "let's do something different for a change".
Six reasons why we are "stuck" when it comes to addressing climate crisis. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
This summer gave me the chance to read George Marshall's seminal book "Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change". It provides a reference point as to why we are playing the violin while Rome burns ( literally). Even more, his work brought me back to my third book "Think This/Not That: It's Time To Update Your Conventional Wisdom". Both of our books point to some particulars of human behavior that work against us in a time of crisis. But both of our books also point to how we can navigate around these obvious cultural and psychological road blocks. Let me share some things from both books.
Confirmation bias is huge. Don't argue with people on Facebook over climate crisis or anything else for that matter. Contrary to what we may feel, many people are not looking to become more enlightened. They are simply seeking to confirm their already tightly held biases. They see their position as identity, thus, they see someone who attacks their ideas are actually attacking their person. All of us are guilty of this challenge at some point, but some are more militant about their "rightness" than others. Many people seek information that confirms their positions, not expand their capacity. Climate crisis challenges many people's personal world view.
Language. There is a specific reason why I have chosen to use the term climate crisis rather than climate change or global warming. Language must be more precise about what is actually happening. Climate change suggests something as gentle as seasonal change from summer to fall. Global warming sounds like a problem that can be handled by turning up the air conditioning. Climate crisis more accurately describes the fact that we are facing an extinction level event that will affect us NOW, not years in the future. In fact, describing the current crisis as an ELE may be even MORE accurate.
Garbage in. Garbage out. Our societies have embraced a lot of untrue, shoddy, dangerous and malicious conventional wisdom over the years. "Every man for himself". "He who dies with the most toys, wins". "Rugged individualism". These kinds of beliefs have led to bad policy, laws and infrastructure. Those ideas supported the decision to bury the climate crisis research and predictions back in the 1970s -- when we had a chance to get in front of this extinction level event. A foundation of bad beliefs creates a really bad decision making process.
The facts get in the way. I am particularly guilty of this. My belief is that facts are enough to convince the average person the urgency of something. Truth us, when I started sharing my personal stories, people were able to see themselves, emotionally, in the story. Facts are add-ons. Stories that speak to people's emotions are much more effective in helping others see your ideas. We may not all share the facts, but we all share stories of trial, challenge, failure and success. Those human experiences bind us and help us see our common journey.
Bias against the indigenous. There has been a long and intended violent campaign against indigenous cultures and their wisdom. Now, it appears the very things indigenous cultures were ridiculed for --- sustainable living, communal environments, belief systems in harmony with nature --- are now being proposed as ways to deal with climate crisis. The bias against those ancient ways must be reversed immediately. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs went as far, just a few years ago, to fund an effort to recover indigenous wisdom.
Climate crisis is an asymmetrical threat. Most of us have grown up with linear threats --- a problem emerges, we send in the right resources, then we resolve the problem and go back to our way of life. Climate crisis has no precedent in our current human existence. It doesn't behave in a linear fashion. It's all over the place, coming at us from everywhere. We haven't developed the skills to manage this kind of threat. It's not that we can't, but if we keep looking at it from a linear perspective, we'll miss the most important point of the crisis --- we have to rethink our human experience to win.
There's so much more to share here, but allow me to suggest this. Yes, we are wired to avoid this kind of crisis, but, the beautiful thing about humanity is that we have the ability to develop new neurons in our brain and re-wire. That is our great challenge and our great opportunity.
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