Just back from the World Futures Society Conference in Vancouver. Can’t help but see that tomorrow’s world will not be anything like it is today, or was yesterday. Whether you like it or not, we are on the brink of massive change.
According to the Millennium Project, we face 15 overriding challenges for the future, among which are: the rich/poor gap, potable water, status of women, energy, transnational organized crime, globalization convergence of technology and sustainable development and climate change.
Our individual and collective challenge is to negotiate between today’s reality and tomorrow’s eventuality. Whether you act or not, changes will occur. Better to contribute to the future than to deny it. Passivity is more dangerous than taking risks.
We need to trust, collaborate, communicate, with each other with integrity. New social skills are needed so that new ideas are accepted and modified rather than rejected outright, for the purpose of collectively building a solid foundation to support what is coming next.
“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” – Darryl F. Zanuck
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
New ideas + new decisions = collective creativity.
- Social Intelligence and Tomorrow’s Service Class Jobs (martinprosperity.org)
- World Future Society (wfs.org)