How would the world be different if we thought about the 7 billion citizens of this planet?

I just saw this amazing video called 7 Billion by two young MCs that were inspired by their mothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK0L6ZFM2d8.

It got me thinking about the power of collective action and really standing up for what we believe in.  Even on a smaller scale, thinking about the impact of our personal decisions on all the other people on this planet.  I would love to hear from this community how you think having a global perspective shapes your decisions.
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Wow! This is a big question. I have been marinating on it all week. I think it is very hard to understand the scale of 7 billion people. I remember reading a great article published around the time the Gates Foundation was started that talked about how tech-world people might be able to grasp larger numbers, and therefore be better suited to tackling some of the world’s largest problems.

Personally, I think that if everyone better understood the complexity and scale of planet Earth, then there would be a serious increase in empathy. So much of contemporary living is predicated on denying that complexity and denying natural impulses towards empathy. For me the challenge is connecting small scale action to larger scale change. Sometimes, the systems that seem most responsible for marginalizing people and destroying the planet appear much too large to combat. I try to remind myself that although there does seem to be a spirit, or unseen power, of capitalism and near-sighted profit and power driven vision, that those systems are made of individual people. The more we can communicate and share stories across artificial boundaries, the more it will become clear that a fundamental change in thinking is necessary.   

I hadn’t seen that video before. It is really cool. I hope we can use it for Work on Purpose at some point!

It sounds like your question comes from a global perspective. How did you come to have that perspective? How do you think we can help others reach that vantage?   

Answered over 2 years ago tallybower 289 3 from United States


Daunting, right? Your question reminded of the mind-blowing 7 billion series presented by National Geographic. You should check it out: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion

Answered over 2 years ago jay g 131 2 from United States