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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Year of Publication: 2018
Author(s): Paula Tejón Carbajal
Technology has changed our lives at a pace never experienced before. The global economic crisis, Trump, the refugee crisis, Brexit… these are just some of the symptoms of a broken system. Its demise has been accelerated, and in some cases triggered by the digital innovations of the past decade. There is a clear detachment between technology and our current societal needs.
We’re experiencing a deep systemic disconnection: an ecological, social and spiritual cultural divide. There’s a discernible disconnect between the infinite growth imperative and the finite resources of planet Earth; between private ownership and the best societal use of property; between gross domestic product (GDP) and well-being.
But the failure of our current socio-economic system has also brought a strong desire to change the world and co-create a better one. The Arab Spring, Los Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have spread new value systems and sparked political and economic initiatives that questioned the prioritization of profit over people and the endless growth paradigm. These movements used technology to envision a new, more inclusive, equitable economic system that operates within the environmental limits of our planet.
Read more about Paula Tejón Carbajal’s perspective here.