If I Could Fix One Thing… (Question)

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Time to try something new.  I’d like to make this a highly interactive post and will need your help to make it work.  With that, I’d like to have you share which social or environmental justice issue you would most like to solve and why. (Either from a personal or broader perspective.)  Let’s then build on each other’s ideas and see where it leads.  I’ll go first, then it’s your turn…


8 thoughts on “If I Could Fix One Thing… (Question)

  1. If I could fix one thing… it would be the political process. I would set it up to deliver solutions which benefit the common good. With that in place, we could make better progress on all of our shared issues.

  2. If I could fix one thing… it would be more intensive driving lessons. People die from poor driving all over the world, and more education could help us better understand the true impact of a vehicle, it’s freedom and its power. Things will become more difficult as electric cars gain popularity, as more people will be able to afford cars and they may be more quiet. Spending more time learning how to manage a large machine and what its impacts are on others could benefit the world in many ways. (there are more things I would fix but I would like to list things I could personally help with 🙂

    • Fantastic! Just what I was looking for, the sharing of ideas. This is a practical problem which could certainly be improved upon. Thank you for taking the time to respond!

      Let’s keep the exchange going. Who’s next?

  3. If I could change one thing … it would be people’s tendency to hold on to unsupported convictions because of parochial attitudes, arrogance, pride, emotion, ignorance … whatever it is that causes people to have a closed mind and make decisions and policy that is counter indicated by objectively and honestly assessing factual information. This type of hubris is found in every niche of our society, and it is now detrimental not only to the immediate welfare of individuals subject to misled policy maker, but to the survival of humanity in the long run. Thanks for this opportunity, Chris.

  4. I love it Doug! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
    I think we all have to be wary of the tendency to believe long held positions are truisms when in truth they are unfounded beliefs. Those beliefs may well be true, but the introduction of factual evidence which contradicts them should be the foundation for introspection, rather than a patent dismissal of said evidence. I believe we could narrow the gap between camps on any divisive issue if both sides would be willing to come to the table with the perspective of, “there has to be some merit to their position. I’ll go find it.” I also think we should constantly review our positions and review the evidence which led us to them. Look at where the evidence came from and what, if anything, the provider stands to gain by influencing us. Are the inwardly or outwardly motivated? That’s one of the keys for me.

    This is getting fun. Who’s up next?

  5. I just have to add to yours, that even we who consider ourselves objective and fact-based, need to see the other side because we sometimes mislead ourselves … there is nuance … there are circumstances … there are relationships … BUT there is truth. So the challenge is to guide the ignorant diplomatically through the process of discovering the truth … that is the challenge … the biggest challenge of all is having patience and taking the time to bring all together. Not quite sure I am up to the challenge all the time.

  6. If I could change one thing it would be the curriculum in science in schools throughout the US and Canada. Changing state/province level curriculum is difficult and highly politicized. Too many gatekeepers are in the way. To get around this, we are making changes one school at a time with an outside program. The next step is to train a cadre of recent college grad Presenters to start delivering powerful outside one or two day programs in schools. These programs must be scientifically-based, factually accurate, entertaining and educational. I have designed a program to do just this and tested it in 17 elementary schools in 5 states. That program can be found at http://www.climatechangeiselementary.org

    I have designed and will test in 2011-2012 school year a similar, but more hard-hitting, program for high school students. Now it is time to expand this system throughout North America. The elementary program starts with a teachers meeting prior to implementation, involves every student, and brings in parents for an evening finale. The high school program will be brought in by the student science club or environmental club or the equivalent. Perhaps in some courageous schools the science faculty will invite the Presenters in as a “Guest Lecturer.” Follow-up relies on student energy and enthusiasm to become activists and to continue the work in their own communities.

    The idea is to do this school by school sponsored by the PTA. Ask Science teachers at the high school and middle school level and science lead teachers at the elementary school to assist and to be the coordinators of a school “green team” after the Presenter has departed. We will be proving this system at all levels in the 2011-2012 school year and will get this going in the 2012-2013 school year in schools all over the US and Canada. This gets the discussion started and brings parents kids and teachers to the party. As tens, hundreds and thousands of schools get this training the tide of informed and committed citizens will be overwhelming and curriculum will change all over North America.

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