Your definition of "winning" in the modern world is in need of an overhaul. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
What does "winning" mean to you? There is an intense debate going on across the globe as to what "winning" or victory is in a society. For the past few hundred years, it has been loosely defined as beating the competition, the gain of resources or materials over others and a superior quality of life as compared to our neighbors. But over the past year, there has been a serious "come to Jesus" re-thinking as to what winning is in the world as we collectively face the greatest "loss" modern humans have ever had to face, namely, an extinction level event called climate crisis. While climate crisis is not explicitly mentioned in these discussions, it has been a major catalyst as to why we're having these conversations now.
The Business Roundtable, a gathering of the biggest corporations in the US, made a declaration that corporations should serve their communities as well as their owners. This is a dramatic change of statement from the idea that the purpose of the corporation is to "maximize stockholder profits" -- to win.
Billionaires are now openly voicing ideas of re-imagining the very system that made them rich.
The term "re-imagining capitalism" is trending, and not just with college students, but with conservative think tanks and politicians.
Again, these conversations are suddenly trending, not necessarily because of climate crisis only, but, in my opinion, because of the narrow, unsustainable definition of winning we've embraced over the years. My anecdotal observation of our narrowly defined winning idea goes something like this...
OLD WINNING CONCEPTS
Some get. Most don't.
Scarcity over abundance.
There's not enough for everyone.
My winning means you have to lose.
One guy at the top with everyone else at the bottom.
NEW WINNING CONCEPTS
We can design systems where there is enough for everyone.
Abundance over scarcity.
Instead of winners, there is winning.
Lateral management models of participation.
I would submit that we've gotten so used to the repeated messages of the old winning model, we believe its a truth of life. The real truth is that it is a choice we've made that we haven't provided a reasonable challenge to.
I don't believe in dropping this argument into 18th , 19th and 20th century political philosophy boxes because, I believe our best ideas are still in front of us. We are no longer tied to concepts created in an entirely different word. We are free to explore new, more enlightened possibilities.
If this sounds like pie in the sky utopia to you, it may be because your brain can't process that we really can re-imagine how things work when we develop a different concept of winning. My data shows the current definition has crushed imagination, hampered large scale innovation, elevated the scarcity economic model over the abundance model, demonized visionary thinking and reduced human value. The evidence is all around us.
It's time to unleash the full power of human potential to think of better ways forward. If this becomes a political issue, it will be subject to the games politicians play in utilizing fear instead of courage, doubt instead of assuredness and loss instead of gain.
Perhaps your current definition of winning needs to catch up with the massive self-examination that's going on now of how to push the reset button in the face of crises we've never seen before. Calling all creative thinkers....
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