The Future: Revolution or Evolution?

A woman in jeans and a black coat and black and white scarf sitting on a concrete bench at Occupy Wall Street, with a blue tarp in the background. She is holding a sign that reads “Stand together for change! Those say it can not be done should not interrupt the people doing it. Join us!”
A member of the Occupy movement. Photo: Debra M. Gaines, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Four people in winter hats and coats holding a white banner that reads “climate change needs climate leadership”. There are two speakers on stands in the foreground, and a light dusting of snow on the concrete ground.
Four people dressed in winter coats, warm hats and gloves at an outdoor protest. One is holding a sign that reads “Canadian climate policy” and pictures the shadow of a figure punching the Earth like it’s a punching ball.
A climate change vigil. At -30 degrees C. I don’t particularly recommend it.

If we want to change the world, we need to start by returning to the most basic driver of human behaviour and culture — story.

The idea of actually setting up camp and occupying an area that has come to be a cultural symbol of unchecked greed, irresponsible investing, and the birthplace of several wide-reaching financial crashes that have impacted on millions of lives represented an evolution of thought that was powerful, poignant, and available to anyone.

A makeshift library at Occupy Wall Street inside a white tube tent structure. There is a white woman in a beige coat looking outwards and a white man in dark clothing browsing books. There is a colourful sign at the top that says “Library”
The people’s library at Occupy Wall Street. Photo: David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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