You are right Bob…fear closes down creative thought and a lack of understanding of others is essentially a failure of social imagination.
Throughout the waves of changes that brought us to this point, we have failed to address the underlying realities— the end of the industrial revolution (Mexicans didn’t take away their jobs, Micro-chips did)and even the demise the so-called consumer era that has been trailing down ever since 2009. We are now in what future forecaster Paul Saffo at Stanford calls the Creative Economy (remember we won’t be creative if we are in fear) and will be in it for the next twenty years or more. Throughout all of these fundamental changes, no political party or national leader has addressed these fundamental changes and we haven’t helped workers make the transition.
The ever-prescient Peter Drucker adds another dimension to this…
“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the internet, not e-commerce. It is the unprecedented change in the human condition.
For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.” — Peter Drucker
“The company will take care of me” contract is long dead. Now is the time of choices and people managing themselves…and our society is unprepared to help them with this transition. When people feel in their gut that they have to change (skill sets, mindset, belief set) but they don’t know how, they feel great frustration and fear…and they also crave change, any change that will promise to take away the fear.
To paraphrase Bucky Fuller… The only way we can truly make the change is to replace the old model with a better model. None of our political leaders have done this.
We don’t need a better political campaign, we need a better model.