From Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention, in Denver, last night:
“The well being of the “We” depends on the well being of the “He” and the “She”.”
How about the other way around also? The well being of the “I” depends on the well being of the “We”. This is especially true for the global environmental crisis facing us.
Lately, I have been giving lots of thoughts to this:
The “I” triangle is inspired from Maslow‘s. I just added a ‘want’ layer on top. This is to account for the fact that much of our Western behaviors are not so much influenced by needs, as by wants.
The “We” circle covers the world’s needs we need to address collectively.
The conventional wisdom states that individual interests are at odds with those global needs. While that may be true to a large extent, let us not forget the space where the “I” and the “We” overlap. This is where I think we should focus our attention. Translating global needs into desired individual behaviors, and see which ones amongst those, can be immediately matched with existing individual wants and needs.
In my next post I will explore what that common space looks like, and what it means for behavioral solutions to climate change and other global sustainability crisis.