• Chet W. SIsk

I repeat...a "return to normal" is not an option. A three minute briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk

There is a quote that has always been one of my guiding principles when I think about the future. It's from architect, writer, designer and philosopher Buckminster Fuller:

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Some would argue that a model that allows a total mismanagement of a pandemic, centuries of systemic racism, leading the world in incarceration, has ever-expanding income inequality, is a main contributor to the existential event called climate crisis, etc, doesn't need transformation...just a gentle tweeking. These are the same leaders that are telling their people that we'll get back to normal, soon. The part they leave out is that the "normal" they promise is what brought about the current series of crises in the first place. We actually need fundamental change that expands our capacity. I choose the African-born concept of Ubuntu --- we are all connected.

The benefits of this idea include the following:

  • It's more resilient and agile in a time of rapid change since it brings in more resources (people).

  • It mimics the patterns of nature (connected echo systems) the universe and technology.

  • It brings the resources of more people to the table, thus bringing more potential solutions.

  • It promotes the process of shared responsibility since there is shared reward.

  • It has built-in efficiencies and savings since keeping others out is costly and inefficient.

  • It promotes problem solving for systemic racism, poverty, income inequality, climate change, etc, as we realize our fates are all tied together.

This new principle, that can lead to a new model, isn't some fantasy. It is a simple answer to the old model that created greed, racism, inefficiency, ineffectiveness, waste, corruption, graft and mismanagement. This is not some recycled idea from the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th century. This is our invitation to create something completely new to meet the demands of a changing world.

I am currently working with a team of incredibly intelligent BIPOC entrepreneurs through my Universal Basic Resources Climate Strong Initiative program. It is a new model. This project is asking the question "what happens when you bring historically sidelined minds to the table with resources and ask them to find solutions for the community to meet the present and coming challenges of climate crisis using Ubuntu as a foundational idea?" After months of working together, the initial results are quite promising. Stay tuned.

While the title of this briefing says returning to normal is not an option, technically, seeking a return to the past normalcy IS an option...but an extremely unfortunate one. This window in time is asking for the creative, innovative, visionary, and thoughtful to bring big, bold ideas to the table. We have more tools, information, resources, and opportunities than at any time in recorded human history. Creating a bigger, better and regenerative society for everyone isn't just a nice thought. It is the rent we pay to be on this planet. Rent is due. Today.

Writer and sage James Baldwin once said:

"There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment. The time is now."



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