In a recent article published in Forbes, Afdhel Aziz asks an important question: Are we really talking in the right terms when it comes to the global economy & environment? He wrestles with the concept and term of Sustainability and pivots the discussion towards the idea of Abundance. I really think this idea of Abundance is fascinating and tend to agree with Aziz. Creativity is an amazing thing and our ability to tap into it as humans limitless. As a result we create what we imagine and these dreams become reality.
Augustín Fuentes explores in his new book, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Harnessing the latest findings in evolution, biology, and archaeology he creates a new synthesis to show that the great drivers of human progress have been creativity and cooperation.
What is really cool about Afdhel's thoughts on Abundance is that we're about to realize one of the greatest times to be alive in the history of the world. He speaks of Peter Diamandis who is the founder of the X-Prize Foundation and Singularity University whose book 'Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think' (co-authored with Peter Koettler) talks about this very issue.
Afdhel mentions that:
Peter suggests that the arrival of new 'exponential' technologies such as clean energy, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, synthetic biology, nanotechnology and others will lead to a flourishing in human society where we can approach a state of 'abundance': where we can provide nine billion people on this planet with the same standard of living that currently, those in the most privileged societies enjoy.
Peter Diamandis says in the book:
Humanity is now entering a period of radical transformation in which technology has the potential to significantly raise the basic standards of living for every man, woman, and child on the planet.
Afdhel ends this part of his argument with some good news that we have more than we could ever use stating that: in 88 minutes, 470 exajoules of energy from the sun hits the Earth’s surface, as much energy as humanity consumes in a year.
If we choose to look at the world through this lens of abundance versus sustainability which infers a depletion oriented 0-sum Earth do we start looking at problems differently? How about our lives? Do we feel more important or less? Does it matter? In the world we live in today we have significant challenges that, if left unchecked, could mean a serious shift in the way we inhabit this earth. But if they are addressed with the same exponential technologies that Peter Diamandis speaks of we may be just fine and live in one of the most prosperous times in world history.
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. What obstacles do you believe are in our way to abundance?
Q2. How can you begin to think in an abundance frame of mind?
Q3. In what ways could you help to speak with others about abundance?