Social change is a fundamental aspect of human existence. We learn to cope with it as we’re socialized as children, a process that continues into adulthood. The media and our conversations around the dinner table, be they political, cultural, or relational, all center around it
In his 1979 novel, The Neverending Story, author Michael Ende introduced a world called Fantasia. Fantasia was falling apart because its Childlike Empress was dying. Her illness threatened its very existence. As the story unfolds, we learn that the Childlike Empress needs a new name in order to be cured and to save Fantasia.
As a species, we have been evolving for only six million years from other proto-primates, and only 200,000 years as modern Homo sapiens. The end of the last ice-age took several thousand years for us to adjust and adapt to change. If we are to survive and thrive in a world with all the challenges facing us, the required changes will have to take place by mid-century.
The role of technology in our daily lives has become increasingly important. One area has recently garnered significant attention and investment is artificial intelligence (AI). In simple terms, AI refers to computer systems that can perform tasks typically requiring human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, problem-solving, understanding natural language, perception, and creativity.
Modern societies operate through their formal institutions. These institutions are run by bureaucracies that carry out the tasks necessary for the functioning of that society. As with aging human bodies that increasingly fail to function, bureaucracies also go into decline. A sure indicator of a society’s impending demise is the breakdown of its bureaucracies.
In times of rapid change, quality of leadership is vital to the outcome of what type of society emerges. We are collectively and specifically, in such a time. What goes into good leadership? How can we tell if someone has the leadership qualities needed to guide us forward? These questions confront us every time we go to the ballot box to choose new leaders or when we decide which organizations to support or who to follow.