During the many complex issues this planet is facing including economic issues, geopolitical instability, conflict that is reverberating across the globe as well as anthropogenic caused climate and environmental changes we are faced with a plethora of challenges with no easy solutions.
The most significant milestone in human history will likely go unnoticed in a media saturated world. Within the next several months a child will be born and will be the seven billionth human being on our planet. That birth may occur in any part of the world, and will be born into a human existence ranging between poverty and affluence or anywhere in between.
This will also represent the time when many often divergent global issues are catalyzed into some common themes. The nexus between economic security, fiscal crises, global imbalance, currency imbalances, consumer volatility is interwoven with economic disparity, demographic challenges and global governance challenges, corruption, food, water and resource scarcity.
We will have to face those challenges in a new paradigm and a new way to think, innovate and transcend the complexities we face as well as the ability of to view our world through a prism of cultural diversity, adaptability and survivability.
With 204 nation states with a multitude of state and non-state actors with divergent socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural demographics, with competing needs and interests, we are going to have to understand and manage these differences and exceed the limitations of multilateral engagement.
Glenn Kirkwood, 4856 Harbour Stroll, delta,b.c. v4k-2a6 604-940-1468