"individual actors can play a far larger role in the transformation of social (sub-)systems than the one that has been accorded to them for quite some time"The council, a scientific advisory body to the German government, in its beautifully written 400+ page report (World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability) rest the prospect of a 'Great Transformation' on 4 pillars:
- knowledge (evidence) based,
- individual actors and change agents,
- a proactive state (governments) and,
- establishment of effective global governance.
The council compares our the change we'll undergo to only two in human history - the neolithic (farming) and the industrial revolutions. The difference is it requires consious guidance rather than the evolutionary change seen during these previous revolutions.
"This ‘Great Transformation’, then, is by no means an automatism. It very much depends on ‘organising the unplannable’ if it is to succeed within the available tight timeframe. This is unique in history, as the ‘world’s great transformations’ of the past were the result of gradual evolutionary change.And the Council's take home line? It "has reached the ultimate conviction that the great transformation into a low-carbon society is not just necessary, but really feasible."