There is data suggesting that says the world is getting better because we have cut poverty around the planet in half. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/13/world-bank-number-extreme-poor-cut-half-last-deca...
This would seem to present a paradox in my research that says the current scarcity economic model is not sustainable. On the surface, this can be called Chet's Paradox because the data doesn't reconcile. Or does it?
Here are four things that challenge the declining poverty story.
1. Globilization (companies hiring cheap labor from poorer countries) increased around the world roughly about the same time poverty started to decrease. More people were being hired to make things cheaply. That also means a new poverty was being created in Western countries because Western workers couldn't compete with cheaper labor.
2. The World Bank’s standard of poverty decreasing around the world is based on the most destitute places in the world and neglects the issue of regional inequality. So the poverty count would effectively include "all of the locally poor Indians, and none of the locally poor Americans. Even more, moving up from 80 cents a day to $1.90 per day is, technically, cutting poverty in half.
3. Now that corporations have discovered technology is an even cheaper form of labor, the cheap labor pools of humans around the world will start to dry up. It's already happening. --http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/13/news/economy/jobs-pay-global-outlook-2017/index.html
4. While there has been this decrease in global poverty, there has also been an increase in global income divide between the rich and the poor. https://www.boundless.com/sociology/textbooks/boundless-sociology-textbook/stratification-inequality...
The poverty decreasing story is incomplete until you put it in context. Context is everything.
TIME TO WAKE UP YOUR CREATIVE SELF
I don't have direct data on this, but I am almost 100% sure of an idea I have been exploring of late. Corporatism --- where we all work in cubicles and offices to serve the large organization, is doing terrible things to our inner creative selves. We've farmed out innovative thought to a handful of accelerator/incubator labs that seek to make us creative and daring again. Innovation and creativity should not be separated from our day to day lives. But unfortunately, it is. That's why we struggle to make room for the creative, innovative person in the office or in our social circles. We call them 'odd' 'eccentric' or just 'weird'. Not that they aren't, but that our sometimes derisive labeling of them says more about us. They may remind us of a part of our inner selves that we gave up when we embraced the 9-5 job model. This is happening at a time when creativity and innovative thought may be the most important skills you'll need to transition into the new world emerging.
Here are five things you can do to revive your deep creative self.
1, Get out of your comfort zone. I constantly say this to my audiences. Staying inside your comfort zone assures you of two things --- stale conversations and uniform thought. Get out and meet people you would usually not spend time with. They will challenge your conventions, which has a strange way of increasing innovative thought and increasing your ability to work across multi-cultural platforms.
2. Daydream --- Daydreaming gives you the power to solve complex problem. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/9695290/Daydreaming-really-is-the-key-to-solving-complex-pro...
3, Meditate --- The benefits of meditation are so numerous, I could go on for some time, but I won't. Just check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zHuWUwc4RU
IS LIFE LONG LEARNING THE ANSWER TO THE PARADIGM SHIFT?
I sometimes cringe when I hear educators respond to the paradigm shift by saying all we have to do is create life long learners. I think life long learning provides an element to addressing the challenge, but this shift will require a multi-faceted, unique approach that strategically utilizes human capital. LEAD Global has developed an approach that is more multi-faceted and leverages human capital in unique and creative ways. Check out this article, then, write me back if you feel we have something to offer your business, organization or team. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21714341-it-easy-say-people-need-keep-learning-throughout-their-careers-practicalities
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 email@example.com