We're at that magical place between the death spiral and rebirth. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
In case it hasn't hit home yet, we are living in very interesting times. As interesting times go, both wolves live among us....the one that will drag us to hell and the other one that will lead us to a greater world. Which wolf we feed is being decided at this time. I know. As a trend analyst, I am observing, in real time, what decisions we're making and how it will impact the immediate future. I advocate for the feeding of the possibilities wolf, but it's important for me to share more information about this time so that you'll make good, clear decisions and not just take my word for it. Let me also offer this trigger alert: You should be aware that your mind is fully capable of playing tricks on you. In fact, there are large swaths of voters right now that are actively engaged in profound disassociation with the facts in an effort to hold onto a certain set of values. You may be one of them. All of us are vulnerable.
That being said. here are the indicators flashing on my board that says we are in that sweet spot between calamity and unprecedented success.
For the fourth year in a row, life expectancy in the US is going down: https://www.businessinsider.com/us-life-expectancy-declined-for-third-year-in-a-row-2019-11
US citizens are the unhappiest they’ve ever been
Income inequality is greater now than it was in 1929, right before the great crash….
The opioid drug epidemic in the US rages on and could get worse…
The quality of the jobs being produced in the current economic expansion are dead end and getting worse…
All of these, and many more trends regarding our response to climate crisis, obesity, trust, hope, falling confidence in institutions and loss of faith suggest that the US is in the middle of a societal death spiral. It is truly a crisis. To be clear, the classic definition of crisis is the following:
“a time of intense and difficult trouble or danger.”
But crisis has an additional meaning:
“The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.”
Here are the trends that suggest recovery is also imminent….
3D printing has advanced to the point of printing cheap housing for the poor…
Climate crisis can actually help us redefine a better functioning and more fair economy….
Despite the rise in racism, more Americans are embracing diversity…
Eco-shaming, calling out organizations that contribute massively to climate crisis or pollution, is on the rise…..
Two kinds of worlds are emerging at the same time. The crisis asks us to make a decision on what kind of world we are choosing to embrace. Just a reminder, trends are collective decisions we've made. This means we have an opportunity to change our minds on that decision and perhaps feed the wolf that can lead to a powerful, abundant, connected and bold future. Choose your wolves wisely.
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
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