The Power of Shared Will
Just weeks ago it would have seemed inconceivable that humanity could move in unison but in our flawed, faltering, uneven way, we’re doing it. And look at all we’re discovering.
Politicans cowed by laissez faire market logic have found their mojo. They have more power than they believed to make bold decisions for the sake of the common good.
As citizens, we’ve found our agency too. Everywhere, citizen-inspired initiatives are playing a legitimate part in national efforts. We’ve witnessed the power of shared will and learned that when we move in the same direction, as one, we can change the whole system. This crisis has surfaced a depth of capacity that was there all along, qualities that mainstream economics refuses to value but without which life is impossible: empathy, kindness, generosity, self-sacrifice, compassion, care.
Organisations of all kinds have become living experiments in system change, at scale. These may be temporary but they demonstrate what’s possible and they’re teaching us what change really looks like. Collaborative, messy, self-organising reality has overwritten the Newtonian dream of strategies, plans, milestones and gant charts and achieved bigger change, faster than we thought possible.
A more subtle but important lesson is humility in the face of the unknown and the power of learning our way into the future. In the teeth of complexity, it’s okay not to know. In fact, acting while not knowing for sure is the only alternative to paralysis. As there are no experts in what we’re experiencing and no experts in what the future holds, the only realistic way forward is step at a time, together.