Beyond ‘gloom and doom’ – responding to a world on the edge

This paper in the General Futures section was first produced for the Brisbane Ideas Festival in 2006. It considers what I call the ‘civilisational challenge’ – the array of world concerns facing humanity. It then looks at three avenues of response: understanding, taking responsibility and taking action. Two appendices summarise 20 ‘world problems’ and possible solutions. A brief list of further reading is included.