Over the past couple of years, our world has been facing a reckoning of the social systems and technologies that humans have built to reach the level of progress and achievement that has raised the standard of living for so many people and created an awareness of our potential as a species for both horrific evil and transcendent acts of goodness and compassion.
At scale, the things we have designed and the systems we have built have led to great feats of technological advancement. However, the unintended consequences of our accomplishments threaten to destroy humanity, both psychologically and physically. The natural world, on which our species depends, is under threat because of our actions.
Resilience is what is required: the ability to recognize the problems that we face while building the emotional intelligence and determination to explore and find ways to solve the problems that we have created.
Human-centred design involves a process of understanding what is most important and what we can do that will be the most effective in solving the challenges we face. This will mean working together, regardless of our differences, to gain awareness of both our collective responsibility and our agency as creative collaborators in restoring ourselves and our world.
We can no longer concentrate on fragmented and siloed disciplines. The ecosystem is an interconnected whole, and we will need to work together to explore how we imagine, design, and build the future together.
BLDRS: building leaders to design a resilient society.