I liked very much Ben’s talk at Lift, because in the end, he highlighted the absolute necessity of mutual understanding between worldviews as prior to that of innovation. But as I conclude hereafter, he spoke from a unilateral viewpoint.
His point, insofar as I understood:
The people currently running the world: the elite at Davos, the people in charge of nations, regions, corporations, education…
1. Do not understand the non hierarchical world that the youth takes for granted
2. Do not understand how to understand this world (and the youth)
3. Do not understand that they could never possibly understand how to understand it
In a nutshell: they lack the intellectual and cognitive frameworks of how a world could possibly work without hierarchy.
He believes the most important mission for the “in between” generation is to look at all the innovations happening, all the new ways of doing things, and to start thinking about how to TRANSLATE them so the people in charge can understand.
He surely wanted to be provocative amidst the Lift “geeks”. But when you think of it, this lack of understanding has always existed. Today, amidst the accelerating change, it is possibly more acute. He merely highlights the plural and opposing worldviews that exist in every social system.
The “Theory of Socio-Cultural Viability” (also called “Cultural Theory”) has something top say here, and that’s what I consider my mission:
To diffuse the ideas at the basis of this theory, so that a deliberative quality can be reached between the opposing worldviews. These, according to the theory are a necessary condition for any social system to remain healthy (viable), however small or however global.
So in fine, Ben is right, deliberative quality is reached only when opposing solidarities start the TRANSLATION exercise he appeals for. His is just another way for calling for deep dialogue, mutual understanding and respect between opposing worldviews.