Responding to the Global Megacrisis

by Richard A. Slaughter

Introduction

In a pluralistic world there’s no single way to understand or describe the global megacrisis (GMC). That said, there are more and less productive ways of attempting to do so. Shopping lists of symptoms may be useful to the extent that they identify areas of concern and forewarn that various actions and responses may be necessary. But Einstein’s insight that problems cannot be resolved on the level where they’re first understood or described is often overlooked. In other words, while accurate problem description is a valid and useful first step, it is only that. A second step involves a meta-level overview and a third seeks to develop relevant responses with salience at a number of levels and in a variety of contexts.(continue…)

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