On options for living:
“Beyond capitalism” is a phrase becoming more frequently used to embrace alternative economic models; both of these offerings are examples of what it could mean in practice. Granted, a ‘subscription living’ lifestyle may not be the most economical way to exist but it sits squarely in the space of experience and connection. The Library of Things is an option that supports a revolt against mindless consumerism. Whatever the terms used, there is a more pronounced human need to simplify and to buck the trappings of convention and traditional living.
On consciousness and climate change:
The rise in citizen consciousness is a critical consideration point for all industries, public and private sector. It is nothing like enough on its own, but the Armageddon that the world is facing (if drastic measures are not taken) may be achieving what nothing else can: to narrow the equality gap. The knowledge that wealth and riches could be irrelevant in a few short years leads to an understanding that we are all the same when it comes to the basics of survival.
“…the question is whether behaviours will change fast enough at public sector, private sector and individual levels, to avoid the issue becoming a crisis for humanity.”
On anti-biotic resistance:
The Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IAGG) calls for pharmaceutical companies to “prioritise public good over profit” – similar language to that used by climate change campaigners – and for human needs to be put at the centre of decision making.
The biggest take-away on these profound macro issues is the enormity of the shift required to make a difference. Nothing short of a revolution is required, and the question is whether behaviours will change fast enough at public sector, private sector and individual levels, to avoid the issue becoming a crisis for humanity.