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Re-imagining the Big Picture

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Published on Jun 8, 2012

Understanding the interconnected problems facing humanity often requires seeing the world in a new way. David McConville, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, explores how questioning the outdated assumptions underlying "business as usual" approaches is the first step in designing for a resilient future.

This was the opening keynote from SOCAP: Designing the Future, held in Malmö, Sweden from May 8-10, 2012. Learn more: http://socapdtf2012.pathable.com/#mee...

Time Stamp Notes:

:00
Introduction

1:54
"Business as usual" as the proverbial elephant in the room, and how one thing can be viewed through different lenses -- investment, science, policy making, design, economy, etc.

3:45
Setting a common frame of reference by stepping back and recognizing origins and underlying assumptions for the mindsets that got us where we are now.

5:10
Understanding the paradigm on which "business as usual" is currently operating. A look from the time that Copernicus proposed the sun as the center of the universe to our modern day economics.

8:00
How our assumptions have developed the field of microeconomics, including self-regulating markets and the incorporation of 'scarcity'.

9:08
The results of unprecedented technological capabilities spreading our modern, industrial paradigm, and a paradox that now lies at the heart of our globalized economy.

14:05
By paying attention to natural processes, we can re-orient ourselves to more successful ways of being in this world. Yet, our social, ecological and economic systems currently operate as seprate from natural cycles that we're a part of.

19:30
Considering issues from a whole systems perspective, and opening our eyes to a emerging new economy.

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