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Lawren Jones


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Why all the pessimism?

I'm reading a lot of Ted conversations lately that assume we're in dire straits. Seems they're always phrased something like "How to we fix the (debatable) crisis before it's too late.

In my mind, none of the challenges facing our species is beyond our ability to manage in a timely fashion. And, like Peter Diamandis, I believe that an age of abundance is upon us. What do you think?


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  • Mar 8 2013: Lawren, I think you are right that none of the solutions are out of our reach, and we are in the age of abundance.

    I also think that we lack vision, hunger for difference, and real people power among other things
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      Mar 8 2013: Lionel,
      Sometimes, we may be short on vision simply because the challenges seem overwhelming on a global scale, and perhaps it is difficult to envision something beyond the challenges? From what I am seeing and hearing in our world, it appears that people ARE hungry for change, and I think/feel it is a matter of people taking back their real power.....changing from power and control OVER other people, to genuine power (respect, compassion, empathy, kindness) with each other.

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