Which are the biggest problems of the world ?

  • July 25, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • The Coffee Club

Peter made me aware of a group of economic experts who get together to assess the state of our world and find out how we can solve the biggest problems.

They call themselves: Copenhagen Consensus - www.copenhagenconsensus.com


On the YouTube clip a young man is talking about the project:
http://www.ted.com/talks/bjorn_lomborg_sets_global_priorities.html


Have a look at the YouTube clip and the website it's quite interesting, but it made me think: Are these really the biggest problems and can they be prioritized solely in economic terms ? I made up my own list, but have no means for solutions...It would be great to hear your views on this subject and maybe even get some ideas for what we can actually do to make the world a better place.

Ziggy

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  • Peter

    http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

    Look at the last 200 years, it's no wonder we have problems

    July 28, 2013

    • Peter

      If you took everyone on the planet today and put them in a straight line starting at the Sun, spaced 1km apart the last person would still be 600,000,000km away from Pluto at it's farthest point

      July 28, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    The source of the biggest problems in the World that I see are the same problems that existed a millenium ago and that is fear and greed. You could rightfully argue that greed spawned from fear. Fear of why we are here, what our purpose is, death, pain, rejection are the ingredients that create conflict, fight and greed. It supports a need for the illusion of power and need for attachment. These two things alone cause so much pain and suffering in the world and they are both based on fear. The solution can only come from two places. The first one is for the Ultimate 'Is' to show him/her/itself and tell us the reason we are here and what we should be aspiring to..which is looking unlikely. It would have to be the real McCoy as we have been numbed by the number of 'Saviour's' that have turned up over the last century. The second solution is...actually, there isn't one.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Monique le R.

    Deepak Chopra"If there is anything that will at this moment heal our wounded planet with its immense problems of social injustice, ecological devastation, extreme economic disparities, war, conflict and terrorism, it is a deeper experiential understanding and knowledge of our own spirit. With this deeper understanding and with an interfaith dialogue that looks at our commonalities rather than our differences, we have the opportunity to solve the problems of the world, address its inequities and heal ourselves."
    Dalai Lama"I believe that at every level of society - familial, tribal, national and international - the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities."
    Global problem-solving wont work unless it is motivated by compassion. Not by fear and not by money or reward and not by "what is in it for me?".

    2 · July 26, 2013

    • Peter

      I do like the Dalai Lama, for many reasons. However, conflict trumps compassion, fight trumps fairness, and greed trumps good. As long as there is a minority who play the trump card we're all condemned to play on their level :(

      July 26, 2013

    • Monique le R.

      In the bigger picture maybe, but there are small victories of compassion, fairness and good done by normal, quiet and humble people who receive no praise, reward nor media attention...it just needs a little spreading around.

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Ziggy

    intense, educational, interesting

    July 26, 2013

  • AMIT G.

    Being a business strategist by profession can't help but analyze issues that surrounds us. Looking forward to meeting some meaningful people and have some interesting discussions.

    July 20, 2013

  • Lee

    Hi Ziggy. Are the meet ups for this group always on a Thursday?

    July 18, 2013

  • Ziggy

    sorry, got the date wrong in the announcement ! Of course we'll meet next Thursday, which is the 25th of July !!!

    July 18, 2013

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