Resilience, the Global Challenge, and the Human Predicament

by Michael Lerner

We face a perfect storm of environmental, social, technological, economic, geopolitical and other global stressors. These global stressors interact in unpredictable ways. The pace of future shocks is increasing. The prospect for civilizational collapse is real. We need to build meaningful resilience.

There are four questions about how to build resilience:

  1. How do we prepare ourselves and those we love?
  2. How do we prepare our communities, networks, tribes, and organizations?
  3. How do we prepare our states, countries, and international communities?
  4. How do we prepare at a global level?

This human predicament goes by many names. The global challenge. The global problematique. Limits to growth. The end of the world as we know it. The prospect for civilizational collapse. All refer to the perfect storm of global biosphere and societal stressors interacting in complex and unpredictable ways.

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