Welcome to the future of problem-solving via collective intelligence!
From abrupt climate change to human hunger, the world’s deep problems are perpetually putting people and the planet in jeopardy. Why wait when, together, we can transform the world altogether?
Intelligence is defined in terms of the “cognitive capability” to solve problems—like putting a puzzle together. Since each and every puzzle piece forms part of the whole picture, only a holistic approach will do to make the world whole again. What we need, therefore, is so much more than the sum of individual intelligences—of a scientist here and an artist there—to save the day. To the contrary: we need the profound synergy of a growing, global, collective intelligence to do the job.
The time for piecemeal solutions is long gone. The exponential rate of climate change, for example, means that the temporal horizon for doing something about it is limited. And it is never too soon to relieve suffering!
Fortunately, never have we Earthlings been better equipped to work together in order to collaborate on compassionate, common causes. The information and communication technologies needed are already available—not yet in the developing world, but wherever and whenever you happen to be reading this text. Thus, let us get together to design and develop the fantastic future world we want and indeed need.
How to Change the World?
Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of HowToChangeTheWorld.org. As a platform, it has more potential to launch a new level of consciousness-raising conversations than anything to date. When Einstein famously saw and said that we cannot solve the significant problems we face at the same level of thinking that created them, he may not have been able to see what we do today in terms of the kind of problems and their kindred solutions. So, what is to be done?
Howtochangetheworld.org answers that one question by way of a singular quest: to transform the whole world—holistically.
Deceptively simple (but definitely not simplistic), HCW as a platform is the convergence of conversations on one topic only: How to change the world? Conversations—on various subtopics—themselves are now the inevitable answer, insofar that they form the connections of a new network: this time, of a decentered set of solutions to the central people and planet problems.
To begin with, the pathos (pain and passion) of unsolved problems has historically proven, over and over again, enough to provoke—to stoke the fires of—fierce conversations.
How to change the world? The question, however facile, demands and indeed deserves an answer. Now, more than ever before, answers abound. The problems of the whole world are staring you in the face: so are the solutions. And yet, time and again, you may see yourself furtively looking the other way. Why? Because our collective problems are bigger than any one intelligence to make much sense of, because the solutions are beyond any one of us. Thus, whether we admit it or not, we need a “radical” form of collective intelligence in order to make the world whole again.
That said, this utopian impulse—resulting from the repression of a profound anxiety—is to be found within each and every individual. What if we were to harness and effectively redirect that pent-up force or energy towards the animating aim of changing the world? Imagine the synergy!
HowToChangeTheWorld.org is your open-source platform for converging and conversing upon a set of solutions to our “people and planet” problems. From a simple impulse to having a heartfelt conversation, it is now possible to get real results. How is it done? By one conversation building upon another within a solution-centered social network to be built by the conversants themselves.
Leveraging such emergent technologies as crypto currency and version control (all shall be explored and explained in said conversations), we envision a growing global network—akin to an internet of neural networks—with the sole purpose of transforming the whole world through a radical form of collective intelligence.
Consider but one example: climate change.
The problem of abrupt global climate change has proven particularly perplexing. To really get the extent and imminence of climate change requires a holistic approach: not only in terms of the worldwide reach of the problem, from melting polar ice caps to the deforestation of tropical rain forests, but in terms of the complex interaction of the planet’s ecosystems and that of the earth’s ecology and the world’s economy. Melting polar ice caps and the deforestation of tropical rain forests can seem a world away, but the interconnectivity of complex ecosystems means that nothing on Earth may be taken for granted: the fate of the one is indelibly tied to the other.
Then there are the political problems of climate change. The institution of nation-states—the geopolitical order today—was never intended to solve such worldwide problems. A new level of thinking is therefore more important than ever before in order to found a “new world order” upon the vital principle of cooperation, wherein competition produces real wealth that is not at the expense of other people and the planet. From here we would want to interrogate the capitalistic mode of production itself, including any and all technologies. And on and on.
The problem with the piecemeal (as opposed to the holistic) approach is that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and a solution in one domain may pose—or even be—a problem in another. Often we see this happen when first-world solutions are applied willy-nilly to so-called third-world problems. In the real world, the resulting outcomes tend to disappoint, then dissapear—if for nothing more than for a lack of informed inputs. What if we were to co-create a holistic social network all about aligning inputs and outputs, bring about a true marriage between our problems and our solutions.
The Talking Cure
How to Change the World as a platform is a holistic social network with the sole goal of making the whole world whole. To that aim, the primary drivers are the conversations themselves. More ancient than Socrates, conversations are the way to Utopia!
What’s more human than merely talking? When we are in pain, we complain. Now, complaining serves the purpose of expressing pain—and we all do it. What we want, naturally, is compassion: someone with whom to share the “passion.” When Homer Simpson set about to right Springfield’s civil wrongs by imposing much-needed safety standards and such, he simply did so by having a conversation with the city’s inhabitants about its near and present dangers. I’m sure Springfield’s now a safer place.
Whenever conversations stop, healing stops apace.