2/28/2019 0 Comments
When U.S. residents talk about the mass migration of millions of refugees seeking a better life due to disasters, they tend to think of places far away. The exponential speed of climate change is changing that. The U.S. is now staring at one of the biggest mass migrations since African Americans left the South for the North and since the movement during the Dust Bowl years.
A lot of people along the East coast and Gulf states will be moving inland because their homes are rapidly loosing value due to frequent flooding caused by rising tides due to climate change. This doesn't even take in the aspect of the increasingly devastating hurricanes. https://features.weather.com/collateral/flood-iq-city-list-2019/
Unfortunately as a country, the U.S. is not prepared for this level of change...https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/climate-may-force-millions-to-move-and-u-s-isn-t-ready-report
People with mountain homes in California are picking up stakes because they're finding it harder and harder to get insurance. https://psmag.com/environment/as-fire-seasons-intensify-california-homeowners-struggle-to-stay-insured
Midwest and mountain states are the destinations for many (especially those with resources), but no place is really safe....https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/americas-era-of-climate-mass-migration-is-here
While all of this may seem deeply challenging, it actually provides an opportunity for us to re-think and re-imagine the immediate future. This takes a special kind of leadership.
2/24/2019 0 Comments
It was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who leveraged the age old adage "never let a serious crisis go to waste". The origins of this phrase came from those who saw crises as opportunities to boldly do what you would never do in "normal" times. Unfortunately, this phrase has also been the philosophical foundation of, what Journalist Naomi Klein refers to as "Shock Doctrine Economics" --- a process that exploits desperate situations to advance a profit agenda at the cost of those dealing with the disaster. Such examples include the gentrification of the 9th Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina made it impossible for people with little means to stay there. Or the selling off of public assets in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. With more disasters on the horizon because of climate change, is it possible to flip the script on this process and re-imagine old systems to create new tools for the greater good? This conversation is trending and has picked up it's own name: "Empowerment Doctrine Socioeconomics". Here are some possible suggestions of how it could work:
Flip The Prison Industrial Complex. When a country that has 4.4% of the entire world's population, yet 22% of the world's prison population, and spends more on incarceration than education, yet the crime rate has been going down since the late 1970s, something is incredibly, systemically wrong. That is the United States in 2019. Since climate change is going to require the building of mega-projects and labor on massive scales, why not create a pathway to sentence abatement through a paid "green labor force" option for non-violent offenders? It would kill the Prison Industrial Complex and address climate change at the same time. Here are some mega projects in Africa that could be implemented around the world...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsb1LFUrSPA
The Black and Brown New Deal. While the Green New Deal proposal does provide financial support for those who will be impacted first and hardest by climate change, namely communities of color working class families, it could go further. Tech companies testing new technology for climate change adaptation should be testing these products out in communities of color first. Making arrangements in these communities would mean testing and investing in the communities, should these technologies take off.
A Vice Tax For Meat. I know there is a giant lobby in place that would fight this tooth and nail. That's fine if they want to argue this point while we all live underground, but here is something to consider right now. Reducing our red meat habit is the single most powerful thing any of us can do to reduce carbon emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth.... while at the same time improving the overall health of billions of people. https://www.foxnews.com/health/10-benefits-of-eating-less-meat. Since many countries subsidize their farmers, we should subsidize poor meat producers in emerging countries to grow hemp. Just a thought.
Teaching Ubuntu. Business schools would do well to expand their curriculum to include the socioeconomic impact of Ubuntu as a socioeconomic system, especially in times of need. Ubuntu is a philosophical construct from Southern Africa that says "we are all connected", thus we must create systems that reflect this thought. Simply put, the scarcity model of individualism may be the last idea you want to promote in a time of climate change desperation. Without the idea of shared purpose, connectedness and the greater good, teaching students that it's all about the individual could ignite fear and anxiety which could send a society into chaos. https://theclimatelemon.com/individual-collective-fixing-climate-change/
Some sections of our society would look at these bold ideas as "too radical" and "dangerous". But we have to constantly remind ourselves that it was their ideas and their defense of those ideas that have brought us to this moment in time in the first place.
2/18/2019 0 Comments
There is no shortage of stories of women who have stood up in the face of great challenge and obstacles. This standing up changed and continues to shape the direction of humanity. From Rosa Parks to Malala Yousafzai to Wangari Muta Maathai to Marielle Franco, women have been the moral and cultural touchstone when communities are in crisis. Apparently, this has been true since the beginning of time. According to researchers who had their work printed in Discovery magazine, it was the rise of women and femininity that created the birth of culture in early humans. blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/06/22/early-humans-feminine-culture/
After reading this research, it's not a stretch to conclude that the rise is femininity probably saved the human species from a brutish, short and ugly exit from the planet. Just as women and femininity saved us from that fate then, it has the opportunity to save us once again through the power of feminine principle leadership.
Feminine principle leadership is an all encompassing idea that leadership is best when empathy, consideration for others and connectedness are applied as practical leadership tools. This model, through the application of the principle called Ubuntu (we are all connected) has been trending significantly throughout the world. An easy way to look at it is to think about the things many mothers would share with their family members: "Is everyone okay? " "Is everyone being fed?" "How can I help?" "Share your things." "Look out for one another." "Make sure you have on clean underwear in case you're in an accident." (I still don't understand that last one).
To be clear, feminine principle leadership is not the exclusive domain of women. Men share in it too, just as many women participate in top-down command-and-control models of leadership that exercise masculine tendencies. At the dawn of humanity, the rise of feminine principles may be the thing that saved us. In a world barreling toward an extinction level event called climate change and the accompanying social disruption, feminine principle leadership may be more suited for orderly and well thought out ways of managing a dynamic environment. We do have real-world examples of how this approach works more effectively than the command and control model. https://www.forbes.com/sites/francoisbotha/2018/09/27/women-on-board-family-firms-and-the-feminine-principle/#66eb4e735977
In some ways, we are seeing these two world views battle for position on a world stage. Authoritarian types feel masculine predominance is the only way to be effective and are holding on for dear life to keep this model viable. But if you'll recall your childhood, you often went to your mother as an arbiter of fairness if there was conflict between you and a sibling or another rival. Part of us intuitively trusted her instincts to judge fairly. Intuitively, we still chase that level of fairness in our everyday lives. If you seek to lead in the near future, you'll want to center your leadership model on this idea.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com