HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE MOST PRESSING SOCIAL CHALLENGES PRESENTED IN THE LAUDATO SI’ ENCYCICAL LETTER?
We live in times of triple crisis: climate change, poverty and disillusion. We recognise that addressing these challenges requires not only technological invention and intervention, but a shift in our very cognition. Being open to ways of knowledge is the reason of reason, a movement beyond our usual habits and practices. It requires an uplift in our collective journeys, where we seek new paradigms that assure, articulate and ignite the three strands of sustainability, justice and equity.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”. – Einstein
We believe that the size of the problem has outgrown linear or singular initiatives, rendering such approaches useless. Shift will come when addressing challenges as systems.
The call is to expand the frontiers of what we know and recognize that if society as a whole is to address global challenges, it has to find new ways of thinking, deciding & acting.
New thinking is in demand !
But where can we find that “new” knowledge? Even when the pace of innovation has increased exponentially, we don’t have enough time to wait until complete new thinking models emerge; it could take year, decades or even centuries for it mature. Where do we get this new thinking from in the meantime?
Could there be knowledge out there that we have overlooked? Could there be pockets of practices that we simply don’t see? Could there be alternative thinking models that we simply don’t understand?
We answer these questions with a bold yes and that we might find the answers closer than we think. Expect the unexpected.