What is THRIVING (and what is it not)?
Let’s begin with what Thriving is not. Thriving is not a denial of the scale and severity of the problems now facing the world. It is not an exercise in blind optimism in technology or other miracle-cure solutions. Nor is Thriving a self-help book for spiritual enlightenment. It is not a “happy pill” for making the world’s challenges magically disappear. At the outset, Thriving embraces the Stockdale Paradox, named after Admiral James Stockdale who survived seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: We must confront the most brutal facts of our current reality yet always keep faith that we will prevail in the end.
Thriving is a real-world innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive. It is an offer of pragmatic hope linked to purpose-driven creativity. Thriving is a way to make systems thinking more accessible and applicable. It is a “possibilist” book rooted in the power of transformational movements. Thriving strives to inform us about why change is necessary and how it happens in society. It aims to counter prevailing despair and pessimism about the state of the world with hope and optimism. Thriving inspires with what change is possible and where it is already happening.