To answer this question we need to consider what it means to change the world. When said in this way, changing the world generally refers to changing the status quo that human beings currently exist in. We believe that it means to shift the social structures that we have created towards an existence that is in harmony with nature and where human beings can live in peace and with equality.
The key component in this is people. People create the structures we live in and therefore people have the power to change them.
We are often told and made to believe that the economy or markets are a force greater than ourselves. That the inequality and environmental destruction caused by our current economic systems cannot be changed because we cannot interfere with the market.
This worldview forgets that the economy and the framework for how it exists are human constructs. It forgets that the economy is a wholly owned subsidy of the environment. Without an environment, the economy does not exist.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not arguing against capitalism. We are merely demonstrating that people created this status quo, so we also have the power to change it.
If we accept that change is possible, we just need to discover how to change people.
If you’ve ever tried to change someone (or someone has tried to change you), you’ll know it’s a futile exercise! People will only change themselves or their opinions when they want to change. Definitely not when someone is telling them to change!
One must create an environment where people want to change. And people want to change when they can see a new way that is better than the old.
In summary… we have demonstrated that change is possible; that we cannot change others; but we can create an environment where people want to change. And the only way to do this is by changing ourselves and leading the way.
“The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
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