The Global Polycrisis is framed in many ways:
- The global problematique: A common term in policy circles
- Limits to growth: Focus on planetary ecological limits
- Civilizational collapse: If it happens, will it take us back 50 years, 100 years, or 1,000 years?
- Techno-optimism: The belief that technology will lead to a better future
- The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI): “A catastrophic event that destroys the existing institutions and norms of society.” (Oxford Dictionary)
- Consciousness change: The belief that spiritual or meta-cognitive shifts can change the world
- Community resilience: Focus on helping communities prepare
- Emergency planning: A universally accepted frame that can lead to exploration of the Global Polycrisis
As we face the Global Polycrisis, we see these issues and challenges:
The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.
- Climate crisis, biodiversity loss and more
- Poverty, unsustainable economic growth, pandemic diseases and more
- Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) pollution, displacement of people by robots, Big Data threats and more
The greatest threat we face
The Global Polycrisis is far greater than any individual stressor. Most institutions—governments, corporations, international institutions, and civil society organizations—avoid thinking about the Global Polycrisis. Read more.
Avoidance and denial
“Let’s not think about it” doesn’t solve anything.
If we prepare, future shocks may prove more survivable.
We care about all four forms of resilience work. Read more.
In many ways, the human condition is improving. Countless efforts to build resilient communities are underway around the world. Read more.