Our spectacular failure of imagination (and what to do about it). A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The current combined crises of climate change, income inequality, racism and poverty are not issues beyond our ability as a species to address them. Indeed, we have the vast resources of expanding technology, information at our fingertips and collective wisdom from around the globe. So why do we appear to be moving backwards instead of forward on these issues? It may have something to do with our ability to envision or to imagine outside of our current set of experiences and information --- we don't imagine solutions outside of what we already know. Here are some examples of this failure of imagination at work. Trends happening in the US are a good place to start:
In the US, leaders have allowed parts of the population to fall into collapse rather than end the structural racism that creates the problem in the first place, even though their is technology that would eliminate the country's need to have the racial caste system in place ...http://fortune.com/2017/09/19/racial-inequality-wealth-gap-america/?utm_campaign=fortunemagazine&utm...
US leaders continue to mismanage spending against the development of society, despite mountains of information that point to better spending possibilities...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC0hzK3TMQg
Australia and other Western countries knew what we were doing with our energy structure would eventually lead to the climate change crisis. Even though we've had alternative energy opportunities, we ignored both the data and the alternatives....http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p303951/html/Chapt05.xhtml?referer=226&page=10
What can be done to change our vulnerability to this kind of influence? From my perspective, there are four things that are within our grasp that are trending...
1. Embrace failure. Our ability to see failure as a stepping stone helps us develop new tools for the next try at the effort.
2. Create flat management structures. Hierarchy structures have a tendency to isolate the right hand from the left. Flat structures help information and insight flow more readily.
3. Collaborate. Climate change is going to require us to work together. Now is the time to develop collaborative infrastructure.
4. Listen. Listening changes everything. It forces you to put your ideas in the back ground while receiving new ideas from someone else. It also provides an opportunity to expand your capacity.
What could come from developing our imagination?
Many possibilities are right at our doorstep....http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/holland-agriculture-sustainable-farming/
Economies could change with a little bit of courage...http://www.businessinsider.com/basic-income-would-grow-gdp-by-trillions-study-finds-2017-8
Countries that are not tied to tradition, ideas and customs have a greater capacity for imagination. They could possibly save the rest of us.....https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/is-africa-leading-the-innovation-revolution/
Our failure of imagination is culturally supported through intimidation, mass media, social media echo chambers and simply bad leadership that doesn't have the capacity to see beyond it's own selfish goals. That means, instead of leaders....we must now think about leadership. Leadership is when a consensus of the future is built by people....everyday people who are simply looking to take care of the families as well as live in a world of peace, opportunities and abundance.
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