21 May '11, 4pm

Dot Earth: Can Humans Move from Tweaks to Leaps?

Humans suffer from what psychologists call “bounded rationality .” We just can’t think about everything and are especially bad at projecting the consequences of our actions over time and space or imagining delays in the social and ecological systems we are embedded within. If we are now in control of the planet, transformative cognitive and cultural changes will be needed in a very short time frame to prevent us from continually making conditions worse all while thinking we are doing good. That’s because humans are mostly skilled at “first-order change” — tweaks and improvements to our existing cognitive, behavioral, social, institutional systems that leave the basic goals, structures — and outcomes — of those systems in tact. But if we are now charged with sustainably managing the planet, second order changes will be needed. These are transformative shifts in values, beli...

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Dot Earth: Can Humans Move from Tweaks to Leaps?

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