- James van der Walt
- South Africa
Social Entrepreneur, Ugesi Gold
What does the 3de Industrial Revolution mean for the 3de world?
My first question is when Jeremy Rifkin is going to do a talk on his new book - The Third Industrial Revolution. Then again, he basically agrees with Barry Schwartz and Amony Lovins. The old way of living is dying. If we cling to it we will die with it. We can no longer allow ourselves just to work to pay the bills and to buy that new smartphone because the next model is out.
We don’t need more choices. We need to focus now and stop getting distracted! Barry asks, what has happened to honour and duty? Is our capital and material possessions really the way to happiness? I think if you’ve watch Barry’s talk you would agree that more options are making us unhappy. We, as people of the earth, need a passion - something worth living for, something that transcends our ordinary lives and the things we own. How about living for a better tomorrow?
Whatever your reason for living is, you will discover that changing the world will not only allow you to survive the revolution but also do be a better person - one of empathy.
But what does all this talk mean for the 3de world and for people like me living in Africa? We are struggling in the energy crisis just like everyone else. We too see our environment degrade around us just like you. We too see the oil prices soar just like you. But unlike the 1st world we are ill equipped to deal with it. We might have some of the best spots for renewable energy ventures but we do not have access to MIT or fancy research grants. How do we coupe? Well the answer is simple. You reading this will help.
The question is. What do you think you, as a person of conscious, can and should do?