Our Founder Allan Tranter talks trends, hope, and the endeavour to find joy in whatever we do.
In a world of perceived fear, worry and anxiety, a question must be asked.
How do we live fully in a world which is a little bit scary?
It may seem dramatic but the truth is that we are living in a world that is full of scared people. Worries about Trump, about ISIS, North Korea, global worries that affect us all in some way or another. Local worries permeate our lives too. Australians are increasingly worrying about the economy, about the state of politics in our country, about jobs, about same-sex marriage, about migration. Kids, schools, safety, stability, getting older.
Worries on top of worries.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. The thing to remember is that if you are worried, you are not alone. This is the way the world is. We can acknowledge that there is change, acknowledge that some things are amiss, and also have hope and share that hope with others.
Listen more to Allan discussing hope here:
Here at Creating Communities we keep our fingers on the pulse of what is happening around the world. We recognise trends and we reflect on what those trends could mean for us collectively.
Recently, with the news of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s use and abuse of our data, we have been thinking about what data collection and the use of this data means for all of us.
It is important for us as individuals to understand that mega-data is not the be all and end all of discovering information. Why not seek out people we respect and admire, sensible people, interesting people, and go to them for conversation? Instead of using Google for everything, why not interact with someone?
Allan talks more about data and the importance of responsible technology use here:
Again, the speed at which technology is advancing can be scary, especially when we realise just how much influence gadgets and gizmos have over our lives these days.
Remembering that there is a side of us that is aching to be connected with other people reminds us that we still need to be able to find joy and fullness of life amongst the high-speed world of digital connectivity we live in.
What we find at the moment is that sometimes technology can dominate our life. It needs to be seen as a tool we can use to make our lives easier, not as the key driver in our world.
Listen to Allan discuss all these points and the potential need for health warnings on technology here:
We need to understand the difference between our external and internal drivers. External is about being ‘cool’, it’s about fame and wealth, whereas internal is about our purpose in life.
We need to bridge the gap between the cool and the authentic, what the world wants from us and what we need for a rich life.
Life is complicated and the more there is tech change in the form of artificial intelligence, machine learning and mega-data, the more important our own drivers become and the more vital our support is to those who need it.
As role models we can set an example to younger members of our society. We are given responsibility as parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, to set parameters, provide guidance and be consistent to help those in our care understand the options they have in life and how they can make great choices.
What we say and how we act is heard and seen by younger people growing up in an increasingly busy world. Do our kids see us giving? Do they see us contributing? Do they hear us talking generously about others?
Allan talks more about the influence our attitude has over others here:
Listen to the full Trends and Opportunities series here:
Stay tuned in the future for more words of wisdom and thought leadership from Allan.