An Education Revolution Must Join the Climate Change Movement

Do we live with perennial hope of technology saving the planet from the pollution of the industrial revolution? That somehow the fourth industrial revolution will save us.

On 23 September, the 2019 Climate Summit meets in New York to “showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda. Together, these developments will send strong market and political signals… ” It’s highly ambitious, and perhaps it needs to be so.

At the last Climate Summit in Paris, Australia’s message pinned hope that “environmentally friendly technology and innovation will be the force to arrest climate change.”

How to Progress with Two Questions

Reductionist thinking is killing us and much of life on the planet as we know it. And while we know we need to change the way we’re thinking , I was reminded today that “we cannot take the salt out of the broth ” – reductionist thinking is here to stay. So, how do we add to it to reduce the “salinity” of how we’re acting and thinking?

What then to make of the Hawking Challenge?

The Hawking Challenge : disprove Professor Stephen Hawking’s hypothesis that humanity has 100 years in which to leave Earth and colonize another planet in our galaxy.

In Article 2019-001, I explored why he might be challenging us to disprove his hypothesis.

Why changes our thinking

Do you ever wonder why pre-school kids always ask why, and do it irrepressibly so? Yet, somewhere along the way we forget the value of that most fundamental question, and we stop asking it.

At the outset, let me be clear. This is not another post about “finding your why”. As fashionable as that is right now, “my why” is as contextual to me as yours is to you, and unless and until we share the same context, it’s likely not to be helpful to you. I believe there's more value in exploring the practice of asking why, and why 'asking why' seems to be sliding off the scale. And, ask what we can do about it.

There’s a sliding scale and it’s a slippery slope

As a parent of two wonderful daughters and grandparent of four (ages 12-19), I reckon I’ve seen a sliding scale of development that goes something like this.

The Hawking Challenge

Professor Stephen Hawking predicted that humanity has 100 years in which to leave Earth and colonise another planet in our galaxy. Otherwise, we will join so many other species of life and become extinct. He made this prediction just before he died on 14 March 2017 reducing by 90% his previous prediction of 1,000 more years of human existence on Earth.

Whether we choose to believe Hawking or not, his predication poses a great question: what is our time to extinction? Is it the 4 generations of This Century? Or, the 40 generations of This Millennium?

Will time prove Professor Hawking right? Or, will humanity change to prove Professor Hawking wrong?

These questions trouble me and many others. With deference to the scientific approach, we must seek to disprove his hypothesis. Not prove it.

Is your organisation or business waiting for the future or controlling its own destiny?

When #innovation and #governance collide on the management agenda, the leadership question falls to what boundaries need to be set and how to design a system of controls to drive the business. This week’s Business Leaders Forum considered these questions with these three takeaways.

#innovation and #governance for #longterm #value, better #outcomes and #results