During the heart of the information age, humanity stood face-to-face against the world’s most challenging problems. And Yet, in spite of new tools and technologies in communication, humanity was faced with unexpected consequences.
Humanity’s home was being slowly damaged by the humans themselves. The recent industries, and specifically the burning of gasolines, was damaged the Earth, as if one was farting in a room without windows.
Burning these fuels was, of course, extremely useful, and helped bring rise the industrial age, which in-turn enabled the information age. Perhaps it was worth it, but what value is there if there is no Earth left to appreciate?
But to solve this problem, first another one must be addressed:
While there are still many on this planet who lack the benefits of the information age, there are many more who do not use it wisely. But, it is not any given individual’s fault. There is so much information overload, and so few ways to sift through it, that it can be difficult for everybody to learn the things that are most important.
One could argue, that those who dig further will find more. This is true. However, it does not help to solve the challenging problems we face. Humans, especially in groups, when focused upon things important to them, will inevitably succeed…
To Solve the World’s Most Challenging Problems
The Trick is to bring together enough humans, motivated to solve the same problem, until the problem is solved. When in immediate peril, life’s instinct draws upon incredible creativity, motivation, and endurance, in order to survive. But the World’s Most Challenging Problems are more abstract than the human body has historically faced, and so this instinct often remains in hibernation.
But, the human mind is flexible. The Mind has the ability to comprehend reality without knowing what reality is. Humans can decide what they wish to hold true, and construct new truths from within those boundaries. Humans can also choose to destroy these concepts of reality, and find new interpretations for the same observations. This is the heart and soul of Creativity, and it must be utilized, if we wish to solve these problems.
While any given individual is likely to do unpredictable things… Humans overall are generally predictable. People, overall, seem to like food, water, cats, dogs, other people, movies, music, and a variety of common activities (like sleeping). Currently, these are being utilized best by advertisers, and social networking websites are especially prone to tactics of “drawing in attention”.
What if these tactics are used for solving problems? How might we shift motivations?
- Create fun, interactive, and appealing atmospheres (both online and offline) for Problem Solving.
- Crowd-Source Problem Solving.
- Fight against Information Overload by making quality information easier to find, and devaluing quantity and frequency of producing “new but useless” information.
- Make it easier for everybody and anybody make an attempt at solving some of the world’s most challenging problems.
- Increase the Inclusiveness of Learning and Education.
So, Whats Next?
What comes next is platforms where people can learn, communicate, and most importantly solve problems, something like a combination of Wikipedia, Facebook, and StackExchange.
Let’s Create a Place Where:
- Information can be organized and filtered.
- Communication is fast.
- Participation is exciting, inclusive, and interesting.
- Complex Problems can be broken into smaller problems.
- Collaboration can be utilized to solve these problems.
- An Overview of the World’s Most Challenging Problems is always in plain view, and is always encouraged as “approachable”, and is always at the foreground of all conversation.