Happy Halloween and welcome to what might be your worst nightmare – 7 billion of them


And now there are seven billion of us sharing the earth; guess if you would, just how many people on the planet will tip the balance of the scales and change the world forever.  That tipping point where the dynamics of the past are passe and the dynamics of future are unfamiliar, threatening and dangerous.  Tipping points are black swans, you don’t see them until they have arrived and the changes are already under way.  We can guess, but we won’t know until we have passed the point; and things will be different, really different.  What things?  Who knows?  It could mean world-wide famine, it could mean world-wide political unrest and violence, it could be powerful new diseases that might kill billions – it could mean anything; trot out your worst nightmare and walk it around the block to see if it fits. In a world with 7, 8 or 10 billion anything might be a nightmare.  And like fighting Freddy Krueger there isn’t anything you can do to stop the population growth or the ensuing nightmares. Happy Halloween


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