As we journey toward the undiscovered country called the future we are witnessing a world of terror, violence, greed, exploitation, pollution, and algorithm annihilation wreaking havoc in our world.
It’s no wonder in the face of such horror. that most of us feel minuscule and completely powerless.
But the world is glittering with possibility which can’t afford to wait for a generational change.
We’re clearly at a moment of great global transition and transformation as we attempt to help solve massive emerging issues we need more dreams than memories.
Help the world and the world will help you back.
In addition to globalization, technology, social changes and government policies that have all been instrumental in determining who benefits and who loses out from global economic integration in past decades we now have giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.
These titans—Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—look unstoppable.
We can dream of a world rich enough to pay everyone a living wage as a birthright, of thriving human creativity, and of thrilling new ways for humans to build on and collaborate with machine intelligence but are we fooling ourselves.
There are no quick answers.
It may take a revolution in education; we may even need to rethink capitalism itself.
Certainly, we’ll need ideas to address the growing inequality that is driving so much of the anger we see in the world.
It seems clear now that millions of people around the world are rejecting a global order that they feel was foisted on them and has given them nothing.
We need to give a platform to dreamers and reformers who are thinking outside the box as the current system is in danger of breaking.
One in every nine people goes to bed hungry each night.
Up to one-third of the food produced around the world is never consumed.
Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger.
We are witnessing a massive shift of humanity unlike any seen before.
Today more than 68 million people around the world are displaced from their homes.
If you compare your size to the size of the universe, you almost don’t exist.
As Martin Luther King, Jr said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”
What happens to society when the focus of culture is on the self and its icon, the “selfie”?
And what happens to morality when the mantra is no longer “We’re all in this together”, but rather “I’m free to be myself”?
What happens when Google filters and Facebook friends divide us into non-communicating sects of the like-minded?
What could possibly be gained from ignoring the global view, that, the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere is the sole reason that humankind’s ecological footprint is larger than Earth itself?
I would like people not to be satisfied with the current ecological footprint and try to come up with measures that really track the water, soil and all the ways we degrade ecosystems in a way that would become management metrics.
The dream of one world is not threatening, but beautiful.
Once one person does the “impossible”, thousands of people follow only because their mind starts believing it’s possible.
It means you must take the time to:
a) Define your values and guiding principles.
b) Understand your nature and individuality.
Define the experiences you want to have in life. Then, do everything you can to realize those experiences.
Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.
We must start extending our sense of shared identity to all of humanity.
We’re battling here for the survival of an idea on which the world’s future depends, the idea of humanity as one connected family.
But how do we get there?
First and foremost we must start breaking the cycle of poverty.
So let’s seek out those with compelling ideas to offer here other than like clicks and abuse.
The key may be to stop framing this dream as a top-down system driven by faceless global elites who tell us all what to do, but instead as a flourishing of human possibility that’s happening right here on the ground.
Ideas can’t be contained by borders.
Most countries are in ecological deficit.
We have technologies that can inflict global harm, our very survival now depends on it.
The potential and pitfalls for digital identity must be addressed.
All comments appreciated.