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The Time is Now: World Game Thinking is Going Viral

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 08/01/2013

A shift towards the ‘World Game’ is happening right now all across the planet and world game thinking is going viral! We can enter into compelling ‘tipping point’ conversations in many places on the Internet. One of the most prevalent examples is the popularity of Ted Talks. Thought leaders from every industry periodically share their ideas with millions via the Internet spurring on live and on-going conversations. Ted Talks gained so much attention that now local leaders can create their own Tedx events focusing in local thought leaders in their area.   
 
Twenty-first century citizens are beginning to have a strong sense of inclusion with the idea of the ‘planet as a brand’. What ‘brand’ of planet are we creating? Mostly people are pursuing a kinder, more considerate one, with an emphasis on helping others. We are gradually becoming increasingly able to craft a world with solution-focused approaches.  
 
The fact that the world culture has been growing around the idea of self-care and sustainability is an example of this. This culture encourages individuals and organizations to work together to create a better world. This includes people awakening others to begin joint ventures towards stabilization of the climate, rivers, oceans and protection for plants, fish, animals, and people. What is more, people are becoming competitively creative in designing world game frameworks for these social concerns, with multiple versions happening worldwide.      
 
Since the fall of the Berlin wall, there have been many worldwide attempts to support people and cultures to build more autonomy in their lives. A great example of this is the amount of groups focusing on women in less affluent countries becoming able to start businesses. Notice also that many groups are now assisting with famine, earthquakes, tsunamis and other global crises. Around the world, many more are now truly paying attention and asking, “How can I help?” This progress is accentuated by the rapid adoption of technology such as social media; if a crisis occurs in a place where people have mobile phones, it is a matter of minutes (sometimes even seconds) before the entire world knows.  
 
We are fortunate to live in a time where there is much less vengeance, torture and violence in the world than in former times. To the consumer of mainstream news, steeped in images of conflict and violence, that may sound plain wrong. Investigations by well-known archaeologist come sociologist Lawrence Keeley and the writer, Norbert Pinker have uncovered some compelling research that shows that the 21st century world is much more civilized, ordered, and kinder than in former times.
 
Pinker shows that the long-term trend for murder and violence has been gradually decreasing since humans first developed agriculture ten thousand years ago. Using compelling evidence he computed that the chance of our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors meeting a bloody end was somewhere between 15% and 60%. The chances for the average North American today are at worst 1%.  
Violence has declined even more steeply since the Middle Ages. Lawrence Keeley investigated records from small church-oriented villages in Britain going back eight hundred years. For example, the city of Oxford in the fourteenth century was 80% more murderous than the Oxford of today. Even during the 20th century, which included two World Wars, the likelihood of a European or American dying a violent death was less than 1%. Pinker, calls this trend the “civilising process”.  
 
There are many statistics that support this evidence of the reduction of torture and killing worldwide. “Nowadays, the notion that life is measurably improving – and there can be no more profound improvement than not being killed or tortured – is about as unfashionable in educated circles as the conviction that Western culture itself is in any sense civilising.” Steven Pinker says, “Yet the statistics show the real story”.  
 
The evidence about the reduction of torture and killing worldwide challenges several ongoing myths. The first being that man in primitive societies was more peacefully at one with his environment and was less inclined towards conflict. Clearly, the church-orientated villages of the fourteenth century were not more peaceful environments. Secondly, neither was the dirty, impersonal city culture of the Industrial Revolution that gradually replaced villages during the 19th and 20th centuries.  
 
Both Keeley and Pinker’s research strongly counters the widely held belief that humanity is currently locked into some sort of moral decline. In fact, all over the world, we are providing more care as well as becoming more flexible and able to support our communities on a global and local scale.    
 
I believe what is actually true today is that we are engaged in a cultural awakening worldwide! We are also achieving a worldwide renaissance of interest in how we can become the Earth’s caretakers. The tipping point is here!