"Survival of the fittest" theory and climate crisis. It's all about adaptation. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
For the record, scientist Charles Darwin never said this:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
However, Darwin's colleagues and disciples forwarded this quote as they read over his notes and looked at his evidence. The species that were able to live on when an environment rapidly changed were those who developed adaptable approaches and skill sets. The biggest and most cut throat species were eventually phased out. That's why we don't have dinosaurs running up and down our streets today. That happened for humans, too about 50 thousand years ago when we embraced more feminine ideas and principles so that we didn't die out then...
So here we are, at yet another moment in time when rapid change is forcing us to confront an existential threat to our time on the earth in the form of climate crisis. Unfortunately, some of us believe maintaining the status quo will allow us to navigate this time of change. All the while, Darwin's evidence says just the opposite -- adapt.
Adaptation means rethinking the very processes that got us to this point of crisis in the first place. It means considering new, innovative and creative approaches to how we are to live going forward. It means embracing just the opposite of the ways that we've employed over the past few centuries. It means a complete re-evaluation of what works, what doesn't and what can we do now with the tools at hand.
The truth is that adaptation is a good thing. It forces us to rethink what works best, instead of taking for granted years and years of ideas that aren't agile in a new world. This kind of re-evaluation isn't something that should be left up to a few guys in backroom meetings. This is the time when communities must start to think about their immediate future and how they will grow to meet the crisis head on. I just returned from my home state of Iowa and I can tell you first hand, the people there ARE asking those questions after some of the nasty flooding this spring.
Adaptation, like change, can be our friend, but only if we reach out and shake hands with it. If we leave the current time to it's own devices (as some are suggesting) we are writing our own epitaph, as so many other species have done before us. I'm not writing the article to frighten or scare........well, okay, maybe a little bit. But it's primarily meant to remind us all we are now looking at a moment to get rid of racism, sexism, exploitation, and income inequality. They all come from the same source that made us enemy to the planet.
The future does not belong to the fastest, quickest, biggest or strongest. It belongs to those of you who are saying
"I bet we can do better than this."
Fatter, sicker, dumber. Three ways the Western diet is eating you and your future alive and how you can stop it. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Wikipedia provides this definition of the Western diet: "The Western pattern diet (WPD) or standard American diet (SAD) is a modern dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and high fructose corn syrup) and high sugar drinks. "
That's about right.
Despite the rise in popularity of The Mediterranean diet, the West African diet, the Asian Fish diet and other, more healthy options, the Western diet is growing in popularity and spreading throughout the world. Why? Because cheap, savory, ultra processed and chemically altered foods are from companies with huge advertising budgets, the foods are conveniently located and the foods can hook you into food addiction because you can actually develop addictions to the sugar. Just in case some of you believe this is just a matter of freedom of choice, let me provide four recent discoveries in science that indicate the Western diet is destroying your future.
The Western diet has been directly linked to the rise of cancer in Western countries and it's spread throughout the emerging world. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/diet-cancer-risk-study/index.html
The Western diet has been directly linked to the obesity epidemic happening in Western countries and now spreading in emerging countries as they embrace it. Wherever the Western diet goes in the world, an obesity epidemic is quick to follow....https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170111184359.htm
Some preliminary research indicates that the Western diet may be linked to the drop in intelligence that's trending in Western countries. NOTE: The drop in intelligence is in families and not directly related to recent immigration. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iq-rates-are-dropping-many-developed-countries-doesn-t-bode-ncna1008576
And yes, the Western diet is directly related to the climate crisis. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/health/plant-based-diet-climate-change-food-drayer/index.html
This is the scorched earth being left in the wake of the Western diet. But it's not like there aren't alternatives. There are, but the lobby to keep you on the diet is significant. Here are some things you can do:
Don't make it a zero sum game. I love chocolate, but I'm not going to cut it completely out of my list of rewards I can give to myself for a job well done. Now, I get the 92% real cacao. Even more, I've reduced my daily added sugar intake to less than 20 grams per day. It's not gone, it just doesn't own me anymore.
Go organic. I can hear some of you already saying "but organic is so much more expensive!" More expensive than a coronary? More expensive than chemotherapy? It's not about the expense. It's about our priorities. We've lived on the cheap for so long, we forgot that quality costs a little more, but in the end, it's worth it.
Partner with food conscious friends. It's true....we are greatly influenced in our food choices by the company we keep. If someone close to us has a more conscious food perspective, we tend to lean in to their choices because we respect them. If we're with someone that eats anything and everything, we tend to mirror that experience, too.
There are alternatives to the Western diet, despite how all-pervasive it may seem. Your future depends on you knowing that fact.
Here are five skills you and/or your kids need to be successful in the new world emerging.
The next set of skills for people to be successful in the new world emerging are much more intuitive than in the industrial days. Because the robots can now do the monotonous and heavy lifting work, we are being challenged to be more intuitive, cerebral and thoughtful. Leaning into more right brain thinking will be the recipe for success in a world that demands it. Here are the top five skills that will make all the difference....
The power of global competence cannot be understated. We are more connected than at any time in known human history. Our ability to navigate a world of differences will be the deal maker or breaker for future leaders, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators. Isolationism might work in the recesses of someone's mind, but in the real world, your ability to show up in empathy, understanding, patience and willingness with people around the world will win the day.
Personal Brand Management
Your ability to manage your name, reputation as well as your digital history will take on extra importance as more and more potential employers, partners and clients go online to see what you've said and done. Unfortunately, many people don't understand that their digital footprint doesn't go away. Having Personal Brand Management skills will help you establish a presence in your field. https://statuslabs.com/7-easy-steps-to-manage-your-personal-brand-online/
Feminine Principle Leadership
The default mode of leadership in the world today is command and control --- a guy or group of guys at the top telling everyone else what to do. Only now are we seeing the limits and the carnage left in the wake of command and control leadership. Feminine Principle Leadership requires a collaborative approach that brings everyone in to work on the challenge or solution together. This is not a feel good moment. It's a leadership model that leverages the best of more people, sharing the responsibility. This is a new skill for a new world. https://www.oxfordleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/oxford-leadership-article-femine-principle-and-theroy-u.pdf
It's funny how the very thing that defines our success in the world, relationships, isn't really taught in our schools. Cliches' and anecdotal statements from a motivational speaker is the extent that most people do their relationship work. Again, the interconnected nature of the world now will require us to make relationship (family, business, friends, etc) top priority --- not an afterthought.
With the rise of the gig economy, comes the importance of knowing how to be an effective gig manager. Being a gigger is different that being a 9-5 worker. It requires a completely different mindset because of the precarious and opportunistic nature of gigging. https://hbr.org/2018/03/thriving-in-the-gig-economy
Most of the world is still teaching and learning by old standards of the industrial economy. This is also complicating the ever expanding income inequality in the world. The new world requires more of our humanity, our intuitive self and our vision.
Why communities will out preform corporations over the next 3-5 years. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
All indicators are pointing to effective, agile, well organized community groups will start to swing more power in the next few years as they respond to climate change, income inequality, systemic racism and automation unemployment. Check out the comparison to corporations.
Corporations: The culture of shortsightedness . The massive stock buy back frenzy that followed the recent trillion dollar tax cut is a classic demonstration of what happens when your company doesn't want to put money into or wait for innovation but wants money now. This was called illegal as a form of stock manipulation that artificially inflates the value of your company until 1982 when the Reagan administration eliminated 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act. This rule was originally designed to prevent short term stock manipulation so that companies don't crash and burn in the long run. This scenario can't end well.
Communities: The new haven of creativity and innovation. The challenges of climate change, income inequality along with revolutionary technology is providing fertile ground for communities to quickly implement tools, resources and products that can transform their environments to be climate ready, tech able and income empowered. If you have some innovative and creative assets, you'd be better off taking them to community groups instead of corporations.
Corporations: No longer producing broad economic prosperity. What some would call a time of prosperity in the US between 1947 - 1979 was when corporations saw the importance of developing the communities that their workers lived in and contributing to the public good. That wasn't the case for all communities (African Americans suffered greatly under systemic racism) but there was a different idea behind the corporation. That idea has been transformed as corporations pushed forward on stock buy back and automation, creating middle-class wage stagnation and the unprecedented income and wealth inequality.
Communities: The opportunity to create broad economic abundance. Cooperative models, leveraging technology, galvanizing local talent and a shared sense of destiny are the tools that more communities will use to fill in the leadership gap previously given to large corporations.
Corporations: No climate change vision. Many corporations are simply clicking their heels together, closing their eyes and hoping that the potential disasters of climate change and natural world collapse will not affect their profits. They are stuck in a "business as usual" feedback loop.
Communities: More flexibility in creating climate change response. Of course, communities have the potential to be more agile than corporations as long as there is an efficient awareness campaign. Once more people are up to speed about the stakes involved, municipalities can move fairly quickly and with flexibility.
Corporations: Maximize profit at all costs. It is this corporate mantra that has led us to the extinction level event of climate change. If profit, not society or it's people, is the at the center of the corporate belief system, there is no incentive to rethink strategy or position in relation to quality of life.
Communities: An expanding people-oriented investment vehicle. Communities will take on super importance over the next few years because they can provide a better ROI than corporations right now. That ROI isn't measured in dollars but in lives saved, investment in human capital and the future of the planet.
There are a ton of resources looking for places to go in light of the massive changes happening in society and the world. Smart communities can provide that landing space.
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