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 David McConville, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, explores how questioning the outdated assumptions underlying "business as usual" approaches is the first step in designing for a resilient future.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...
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"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.
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.
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.
How our assumptions have developed the field of microeconomics, including self-regulating markets and the incorporation of 'scarcity'.
The results of unprecedented technological capabilities spreading our modern, industrial paradigm, and a paradox that now lies at the heart of our globalized economy.
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.
Considering issues from a whole systems perspective, and opening our eyes to a emerging new economy.