Those who’ll enable us to step into the future.
As change happens all around us at a bewildering pace, we’re realising the world we thought would be around for always, is passing away.* We may well blame many things for this but there’s no reverse, there’s only forward into shaping the future.
There’ll always be people who chant, It didn’t used to be like this.
There’ll also be people who say, To be Human is to make all things thrive.
I know which I prefer to say.
Everyone with a passion, a skill, and an internet screen are more connected than they know to the world which is emerging:
‘this is a platform for a kind of art, a far
more level playing field in which owning
a factory isn’t a birthright for a tiny
minority but is something that hundreds
of millions of people have the chance to do.’**
The shift is greater than this simply using new technology to do the same things. The shift is from obligation to options. From, this is what I have to do, to which of these will I choose to do?
We’re just on the cusp of this right now but increasingly the world will provide us with more and more options.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere three ways of imagining the future.
There’s the expected future, predicted from the particular trends we’re focusing on. This is the one least likely to occur because everything has to remain the same – the bigger the expectation, the greater the possibility of change to this: Fukushima, Kodak, Manchester United.
Then again, we may be hoping for some event or other to positively change our future (the boss is replaced, we win the lottery, Richard Branson head-hunts us). Perhaps at best we imagine and plan and wait.
The third way to shape the future is through choice – individually and collectively – cognisant of trends and expectations, and possible events, but choosing and acting and moving forward.
There has never been a better time or a greater need for people who see potential in individuals, communities, and societies to step forward and create spaces and environments in everyone can thrive.
(*To all positive and hopeful movements there is resistance and reaction; we see this time and time again in ugly inhuman efforts to take the world backwards.)
(**From Seth Godin’s Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? Organisations, like micro-finance charity Kiva, are helping people around the world have more choice to grow their businesses and their lives.)
(Cartoon: The idea is, when there are options, everyone benefits.)