First let's look at the world around us. Most people by now would agree that we have a serious
situation around us with a host of global issues. So we might agree on the importance of topics like
global warming, deforestation, depletion of global resources especially in the seas, extinction of
various life forms, soil erosion, deposits of plastics in the seas etc. However, traditional problem
solving methods do not work any more, because our world has become increasingly complex and
Such complex systems do not have well defined cause and effect structure. Hence,
there are no well defined solutions either and on top of it the systems are changing rapidly. If
traditional problem solving is attempted, unintended consequences start creeping in resulting in
even bigger problems replacing the original problem which got solved.
However, we need to dig deeper and uncover the root causes of present day problems before we can
even contemplate ways of finding effective solutions. When we look for root causes, we might
come to the following ones:
Exponential growth of humans since the beginning of the industrial age has lead to the total
number of people as of May 2018 = 7,6 billion, currently growing exponentially with a rate
of 1,09 %/p.a., source : wikipedia
By 2100 the estimated number of people will by 11, 2 billion, Source: wikipedia
Humans as all carbon based life need external energy to run and to operate daily life. We use
mainly a combination of Solar high energy photons accumulated by plants on an ongoing
basis combined with fossil fuels accumulated by Earth in the past. Every person is a
consumer of energy although with various rates. The consumption of energy especially in
it's fossil forms causes release of CO2 at rates which contribute in some way to global
warming with it's consequences on us as well as on any living eco-system
It has been pointed out that, we collectively use more resources of Earth than are provided
by Earth on a sustainable basis, see : https://www.overshootday.org/
Humans at the number of 7,6 billion use at present 1,7 times the resources of Earth
However there are big differences in use of resources between countries e.g. one average
American uses as much energy as 2 Japanese or 6 Mexicans or 13 Chinese or 31 Indians or
370 Ethiopians (source:
If every person on this planet used as much resources as an average US citizen uses we
would need almost 5 times the Earth's resources.
On the results/effects side of the equation overpopulation as documented above leads to serious
disconnects and paradoxes permeating all aspects of our life. Some of the paradoxes are well
described in Otto Scharmer book: Leading from the emerging future:
Paradox of infinite growth demanded by current economic theory vs depletion of all types
of finite resources of our Earth and accumulation of unwanted vaste
Income disparities with extreme wealth on one side vs. extreme powerty
Financial bubble of speculative money flows vs real economy
Systemic void of leadership vs needs of people with a shared sense of creating results that
A disconnect between Gross Domestic Product GDP as a measure and real well being of
A disconnect between governance vs voicelessness and inability to influence the system.
E.g. farmers in India loosing rights to seeds to Monsanto, leading to loos of trust in the
The divide between the actual ownership and best societal use of resources in which state
and private ownership allow the tragedy of Commons of huge proportions
Disconnect between technology and real needs of people, e.g. pharmaceutical companies
serving the needs on the top while ignoring the needs of those on the bottom.
We can either give in to this situation and become depressed or cynical or we can decide that we
can do something about it.
Just imagine that we ALL wake up tomorrow with increased awareness of the situation and get
together with the intention to find ways out of the present predicaments of Humanity on this planet.
How would that be?
We do not even have to wake up ALL of us to this. awareness. If a certain percentage of people
does acquire such awareness combined with resolve, solution focused approach and novel ways to
tackle the issues, than change would be inevitable.
The question for us coaches is:
What could be the best ways for us coaches to instill and foster such change?
And some possible answers might be: To become a next level coach. To become a coach for the
21st century equipped to coach in the broadest of contexts with focus on best outcomes for ALL
not only for the client, with methodology to tackle complexity in: self, clients and society.
Just imagine that ALL coaches find courage to wake up to the awareness to become role models
and to begin coaching from a global perspective to the benefit of all.
Things would begin to change, right?
Erickson Trainer of Four Quadrant Quantum Thinking