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“We scientists don’t know how to do that” – Anonymous Quote
“I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change.
I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems.
But I was wrong.
The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy…
… and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation
. – and we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
Gus Speth – “OF – Original Forester“
Our culture is starting to value personal characteristics (critical thinking ability/logic/reasoning/generosity etc) at lower wage (and decision making) positions, but that hasn’t traversed the hierarchical spectrum yet.
When we hire a technical person, strong organizations hire on human characteristics rather than technical ability, as we know that we can always teach the technical bit to the right candidate whereas changing a moral compass is much more difficult.
Simultaneously, a side conversation is going on where we’ve learned/accept the truth that knowledge isn’t static. Connect these two concepts and we’ll be valuing the correct things (human characteristics vs technical qualifications) at decision making levels in our strongest organizations, rather than only at entry level/non decision making positions.
Knowledge indeed – isn’t static. It’s time all organizations value human characteristics in all positions. Certification & box checking is valid, but secondary.
For futher thought provoking thinking…”The Barriers to Inclusion & Accessibility [of Our Energy Transition Space]… Must Stop!” by Hans
If you appreciate this type of transformational thinking you may appreciate Hans’ “Energy Companies of the Future” article, published April 18th 2019 as a recap to his article of a similar name published in August 2015.