Big problems probably need a range of people with a range of skills and perspectives to solve them.
Take climate change… or have we given up and are we really talking about ‘the effects of climate change’?
So who are the cast of thousands? And how could they be more effective.
There are the climate experts and the engineers who, respectively, will keep our focus on the issue and who will come up with many solutions for adaptation. The politicians will debate and either agree on global regulations (incentives and penalties) or agree to disagree. Businesses will see if there is a buck in contributing to the solution and civil society will see the focus on climate compete for space with the ‘urgent’ issues like fixing economies and stemming unemployment.
Some of our future leaders (indeed, some of our current leaders) might like see how education like this can help.
System thinking that brings together and synthesizes experts from fields as diverse as medicine, business and finance, economics, NGOs, trade and employee representive organizations, utilities, armed forces, the media and individuals could start to promote real solutions.
What is happening in the blogosphere (and Twittersphere) to convene to work through issues – could the cloud be a forum or a workspace to share and work through challenges? Are they all being used already – and I’m just so far behind the curve?
It seems to me that there are many possible solutions, but few gain traction.
Any bright ideas?