What's the greatest socioeconomic system ever conceived? Capitalism? Socialism? We haven't created it yet, but we're on our way. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Forbes writer Randall Lane who recently declared that Capitalism is "the greatest system ever conceived"https://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2019/3/4/reimagining-capitalism-how-the-greatest-system-ever-conceivedand-its-billionairesneed-to-change/ must not be aware of the fact that we're facing an extinction level event called climate change that was born, bred and raised in the very heart of Capitalism via the Industrial Revolution. See graph below.
I would argue that any system that leads humanity to an existential threat would not qualify as "the greatest system ever conceived." To Lane's credit, his article did advocate for a re-imagining of Capitalism as we know it. The only reason he and others are even having this discussion is because of the social, humanitarian, moral, spiritual and now environmental crises occurring in the wake of "the greatest system ever conceived". I would submit that the greatest system Lane is wishing for is being conceived right now.
Once you step away from the political "isms" constructed in the 19th and 20th centuries, you open the door to something new, bold, abundant, empowering and very much 21st century. We have technology now that we couldn't have imagined just a few years ago. We have the wisdom of ancient cultures at our fingertips. We have more information available than at any other time in human history. It would seem this potent brew provides us with all of the necessary tools to re-imagine how humanity can live from a better, higher and more abundant place. And yes, we can do that even in the face of climate change. Climate change, along with the automation evolution via AI and income inequality are prompts telling us to do something else. They give us the opportunity to intend societies that work better than we could have ever imagined, and for more people. I would often say to students in my workshops "we must go beyond cliches of the time because the challenges of the day are asking us to. Instead of saying 'think outside the box', you must now recognize there is no box. You are no longer tethered to the conventions of the past and are free to explore innovative solutions."
"Instead of saying 'think outside the box', you must now recognize there is no box".
The world has never experienced this number of people inquiring about a new way forward without a global world war happening. These aren't college philosophy classes. These are people asking questions about the paradigm shift we're in. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/21/regenerative-economy-holism-economy-climate-change-inequality
Here are some samples of the thinking going on in the world.
Here is the Caring Economy http://caringeconomy.org/june-7-free-panel-event-toward-caring-economy-beyond-capitalism-socialism/
Here is the Circle Economy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCRKvDyyHmI
Here is an explanation of Universal Basic Income https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl39KHS07Xc
There are many others emerging. If there was a time to entertain new ideas in a new world, it's now.
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