WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?
Human ingenuity has created extraordinary progress. Simultaneously, however, major problems like poverty, extremism, conflicts, and climate change persist. Their seeming intractability highlights our biggest problem: humanity desperately needs to evolve the problem-solving process.
The problem is that society’s processes for solving large problems are woefully inadequate. As a society, we tend to abdicate problem- solving responsibility to governments and large institutions, but, in general, those entities are not solving our problems. Global warming, for example, is a solvable problem, yet the governments of the world have not implemented a bold enough solution despite years of concerted effort. Too often the political, social, and economic climate hinder or halt collaborative progress. Bureaucracy, specialization, risk-aversion, status quo bias, and clunky processes hinder unconventional new “systems level” solutions.
Expecting governments and large institutions to suddenly become more effective is unrealistic. And the situation will worsen as the rapid rate of change hurls new challenges. People outside of government and large institutions are sidelined and feel disempowered. Fear, frustration and hopelessness compound as people see society’s problems grow.
Society’s problem-solving weakness affects literally everyone and everything on earth. The world has the most important resources needed to address this weakness – knowledge, people, and the technology to connect the people to that knowledge and each other. What is lacking is the hub for coordinating these activities and the tools to make these activities effective.
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Pluribus was born from the core beliefs that;
- Society’s current problem solving methods are not effective enough to meet the challenges of today, let alone potentially bigger challenges of tomorrow;
- Society cannot continue with the status quo;
- A great need exists for a global hub of problem-solving activity
- Every problem has a solution, and that by working together we can find it;
- Technology now makes worldwide collaboration possible;
- Through experimentation and iteration we can evolve our problem solving methods and catalyze progress; and
- Humanity is capable of extraordinary things if we work together.