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Efiong Etuk

Founding Director, Global Creativity Network

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The threats to civilization are too daunting for humanity to continue to hold onto obsolete self-perceptions that no longer serve us well

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the dreadful situation the world is facing is not because the modern crises are impossible to solve; but because we have not yet developed, or found, appropriate conceptual framework for understanding and for tackling them. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, also, the modern crises are not “economic crisis,” “social crisis,” “political crisis,” or “environmental crisis,” per se. They are not separate crises, either. As such, they are not likely going to be resolved within the framework of the prevailing understandings.

A body of data no one thought and no one knew existed identifies the modern crises as, fundamentally, a “creativity crisis.” This is the inability of the vast majority of people to develop and to engage their natural abilities in significant and beneficial social and ecological actions and, resultantly, the global and spreading epidemic of meaninglessness of which most psychological, social, economic, political, and environmental crises are the symptoms or facets. Close examination of the data also challenge widely accepted beliefs that humans are inherently self-interested, competitive, adversarial, materialistic, and consumption-driven. Analysis of the data further suggests that many of the difficulties the world has been experiencing might be rooted in inadequate and misleading concepts we have created about ourselves and the institutional framework and operational relationships that have been erected on those concepts.

To the extent that this conclusion is valid, the best hope of resolving the modern crises is, first, to correct the misleading views we hold about ourselves and, second, to conform our economic, social, and political decisions and actions to our authentic nature as humans.


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  • Nov 7 2013: Where can a person find information on and about the Global Creativity Network? Why do you exists and for what purpose?
    The concept sound great, i will like to know more.
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      Nov 8 2013: Greetings, Dave:

      The newly redesigned and still developing Global Creativity Network website, http://wwwglobal-creativity-network.net, provides preliminary information about the network.

      The purpose of the network (why we exist) is to "nurture a global creativity-consciousness."

      Our goal is to inspire a global civilization in which all the earth's estimated seven billion inhabitants are able to recognize, to develop, and to contribute their unique abilities in important and beneficial actions and, thus, to experience their lives as having meaning and significance.

      Incidentally, everyone is invited to spark or explore the necessary rethinking in the places where they live and work.)


      Efiong Etuk.

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