In the lead-up to our first Co-Creating Humanity's Future Virtual Event, we realized that this subject may require from us many more forays into its territories, both interior and external. The process began in this way:
We are proposing that, from the beginning of time, when humans realized that they were humans, we started to imagine the future. And right from the get-go, we discovered that we can plan, anticipate, respond to needs, do whatever we can do to make the next hour, the next day, a little better. And, indeed, admittedly, in the early stages of humanity more in response to natural conditions, but quite quickly, as humanity evolved, this idea that we truly have the power to co-create, to shape the environment. And, within that, the recognition that it is so natural for us to yearn
for a better tomorrow, to yearn for something for ourselves that's different, to yearn for our children, to yearn for next generations for something that will be different and better.
And so that recognition that we actually have the power to imagine and think about today, and think through today into tomorrow and beyond, is so central to who we are as humans, and is really part of the essence of our humanness, that sense that we can anticipate tomorrow. And so today is about reclaiming and giving ourselves again the permission to imagine, to imagine what world we want to co-create for ourselves, for our children, for next generations, for the world at large, actually daring to claim that permission. And so because of that, we want to introduce a simple question for us to reflect on, which is: what holds us back from imagining, and creating, the future?
I feel very personal about this. I feel ferociously defiant that this decline in the human spirit must stop right here, right now, with us. We must, in ourselves, embody this idea of reclaiming the permission to believe.