Roadmap to a Better World - appreciating our second chance
Climate emergency, global pandemic, war in Ukraine, staggering economic inequality, environmental destruction. Our world is in crisis – no doubt about it. Local speaker and writer Andrew Welch doesn’t have all the answers, but he does suggest a new way of looking for them; proposing that reframing the way we think about values is the first step to solving our dilemma. Seven years ago, he wrote “The Value Crisis” - using stories and historical anecdotes to communicate this unique paradigm to a wider audience. His core principle was simple: When we define success based on numeric values, then more is always worth more – that’s how numbers work. However, absolutely nothing in the natural world works that way, making a value crisis inevitable. Ever since that book came out, readers have flocked to discussion groups to share views and explore how this new paradigm could be applied to different challenges. Those explorations invariably led to the same question: “What do we do now?”
Andrew soon discovered that the solutions are out there. Andrew shares solutions that have been shown to work in his sequel “Our Second Chance”. The catch with value-based solutions is a tough conundrum: People won’t change their value system until they see a clear benefit of doing so, and such benefits are only visible if they first change their value system. A shift will only occur when the present system is no longer working for people. The silver lining on our current dark cloud is that we may indeed be approaching that crossroads where we reevaluate what’s important. Suddenly the list of lessons and actions from history are more relevant, more realistic, and more achievable. Now is the time to discover what they are and what we can do right now, because our second chance might just be our last chance.
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