When I meet people giving up on the world, disappointed and hopeless as many of us felt with the past Copenhagen summit, I ask them if they have ten minutes and I tell them the following.
Despite the lack of urgency, responsibility on the part of the governments of the world and the Powers that run this zooming global economic machinery where most of us feel trapped, we MUST continue our mission to bringing sustainability to the planet and help it cope with the emerging global crises (global warming/climate change, peak oil, resource decline, financial meltdowns, geopolitical instability, terrorism, social turmoil, etc).
I think we have to be excited and feel quite lucky to live in these unprecedented times. Why? Because the old of order of things, the old way of life and relating to the world, along with all its imperfections and un-sustainability has its days numbered. Today’s world is already different from a couple days ago, literally. Global change is already here and to stay. For those who are still attached to the comfort of the old secure days where routine and security were a given, and believe that we are just through a cycle before things come back to normal, I have some disturbing news: You are dreaming.
Please do not get me wrong. This is not a doom and gloom apocalyptic cry. This is not a political manifesto either. This is a reality call to take a hard look at the emerging world before us and fearlessly embrace our sense of adventure, opportunity and creativity.
We are going to have an opportunity to generate solutions, creations, actions at a level of abundance, diversity and most importantly, with a potential for transformational positive impact on the planet that we could not have dreamed just a few years ago, simply because of the dogmatic rigidity with which we have embraced had in this paradigm we are leaving behind.
I am so thrilled to see how these new times are bringing unprecedented access to our most sacred human right, the right that defines our nature and essence, creativity. It feels as if I had the chance to become the star in this new movie which is the immediate future, the most challenging, thrilling adventure we will ever had and share with the rest of the planet.
This is the time to question and defy all the ideological, intellectual and cultural restrictions and prejudice we have inherited. It is the time to perform a comprehensive brainstorm on the possibilities for the world we want to develop. Most people are finally questioning the old ways of doing things from driving, building, buying, eating, doing business and educating to sharing the planet. We are starting to see the fall in the confidence of unquestioned long revered institutions such as the global free market economy or military power as policy maker.
Ironically we have to thank the global crises for opening holes and ultimately breaking down the old order as it will provide us with the opportunity to collectively develop a new and hopefully more sustainable order or relationship with the planet. Although I fear the losses the planetary crises will bring including human lives, whole living species, ecosystems and economic losses, I am extremely motivated to partake in this life adventure and make my greatest contribution. No one before us in the history of this planet has had the privilege to experience such challenge and transform the world so much. Let’s not waste this historical opportunity