What if the one problem behind all the problems humanity is facing has to do with the way we solve problems?
Whether the problem is climate change, health crises, polarization, big tech monopoly or inequality, we seem to agree that the first step in solving any important problem is to communicate that the problem is everyone’s problem.
But what if the perception of important problems as ‘everyone’s problems’ is part of the problem?
What if the most important part of solving important problems is to make sure that as many people as possible perceive ‘everyone’s problem’ as ‘my problem’?
And what if no leader, expert or AI-driven tool can motivate, mobilize or force us to perceive important problems as ‘my problems’?
What if the only thing that can make us perceive important problems as ‘my problems’ is the act of asking our own questions?
And what if most people are systematically prevented from asking their own questions in the way we solve important problems?
The problems humanity is facing cannot be solved by a single person, company or nation. They require shared responsibility. But for us to feel part of the solution, we must also feel part of the problem.
And that calls for all of us to ask our own questions.