What does a climate change-ready, re-imagined society look like? Check out what I came up with. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Based on my estimation as a Futurist, the next 3-5 years will determine the next 100 - 1.000 years. But I'm not alone in that assessment. Check out the other predictions:
The Pentagon's profoundly dark and deeply dystopian look at the future gives us up to the year 2025 to make any meaningful change to the disturbing trajectory of mass chaos we're now on....
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says whatever we're going to do to save the planet from climate change catastrophe, we need to do it right now.
Most estimations are that up to 40% of jobs around the world will be lost due to automation unemployment...
I didn't provide you these shocking views of the world ahead to immobilize you. On the contrary. Those are all possible and trending outcomes. But as I regularly say, trends are simply decisions. That means, we can change our minds and decide something else. It's important for you to know that a window of opportunity exists over the next few years and we simply cannot take the next few years for granted. We must summon the power to collectively and individually re-imagine the next 3-5 year period as we lay a foundation for a new kind of human existence. It is important to have a vision of what that new world could look like. Here is my take. NOTE: This is based on a model in the United States, where I live.
I would introduce a Universal Basic Income that covers the nation. Right before the Conservative government ended the program, a UBI program in Hamilton, Ontario was showing dramatic success. Everything from reduced mental health stress, food security to increased entrepreneurship came from two years of the program.
I would incorporate the African philosophy of Ubuntu (we are all connected) into the very fabric of society. I'd have it taught in schools along with other philosophical ideas. I'd do a national campaign to share it's ideas, similar to the Smokey Bear campaign conducted by the USDA Forest Service.
I would leverage the best emerging block chain technology to create a secure digital voting system so you can voice from your smart device.
I would rally the Department of Education to foster and support NATIONAL online education credentialing, badging and institutions in the same way the Department of Defense currently creates bidding and support programs for defense manufacturers.
I would implement community based climate change adaptation programs that everyone in the UBI program would be encouraged to participate in a few hours each week. If you are able-bodied, you will have an array of climate change adaptation programs to participate in, from cultivating hydroponic gardens to installing solar panels to planting trees.
I would reduce the work week from 5 days a week to 3 days a week to reduce commutes.
I would give significant tax credits to anyone participating in mindfulness practices (yoga, meditaiton, sabatticals, etc).
I would provide even greater tax credits to those who telecommute from a small town, thus, encouraging more people to move to smaller towns instead of sprawling urban areas.
I would create a national campaign (like the anti-smoking campaign or the war bonds campaign) around Meatless Monday, where we would, as a society, skip meat on Mondays. This would include restaurants as well. This would dramatically reduce the methane produced by cows.
LIke the Youth Conversation Corp of years gone by, I would provide a way where jobless youth can participate in a "Save The Planet" corp. These young people would bring support to catastrophic floods, fires and disasters destined to come with climate change.
Okay, so this is my start, however imperfect, at creating a responsive society to the challenges ahead. What's yours? Send them to me and I'll share them in this blog across the globe. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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