Why is it that we seem to see no other options than repeat past mistakes, thinking that this time round it’s going to be different.
We see people in Japan going back to their homes near the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant to rebuild their homes.
Year after year certain regions in Europe get inundated every time it rains for a week or so; yet every year people seem to believe it’s exceptional weather conditions and they do not do anything.
We see people who have lost their jobs in the midst of the economic downturn seek to get back to their old life as if they didn’t know any better.
I appreciate it is one thing to ask these questions from the comfort of my home. I do not know what would have been my reaction if I were living in a tent somewhere after losing everything. Still it seems to me that people in the past at the aftermath of major disasters said: never again and they actively put in place a new system. This time round it seems that governments as well as people do not have a clue about changing the very system that produced the disaster in the first place.
The banking system was salvaged to find that they did not change their trading practices (same IT system and mindset producing the same type of devastation).
So it’s obvious that the change will not be initiated by the incumbents from within. The change needs to come from those who are out of the system. The good news of course is that a lot of people in and out of the system have this awareness and many initiatives are emerging all over the planet. New ways of working, new ways of banking, new ways of trading and relating are seeing the light of day.
Millions of people are not well served by the current system: women, minorities, seniors, and the youth.So it seems that we have no shortage of talent. What is missing?