One of the fundamental enablers and causes of the Snowflake Effect is the transition to a world of abundance. I've long admired the thinking and actions of Peter Diamandis, founder and CEO of one of the most powerful models for change & innovation I know, the X-Prize model. Peter along with Steven Kotler have written a new book that I can highly recommend called "Abundance: The Future is Better than you Think" which reflects my experiences and understandings of how this new world of abundance looks and works. Peter is certainly far better at articulating this than I will ever be and makes for great reading and stimulated thinking. IMHO it is a much needed and clear perspective on what is really happening in the world and how the gap between reality and reporting is widening at an ever increasing rate.
As is my experience on a daily basis the world is a much better place than ever before and this trend is accelerating. This is not a Pollyannaish view nor one that refutes that there still is much suffering still and work to be done to further reduce poverty and health and have quality of life for all 7 billion of us on this planet. However the trend towards this goal is clear, large and increasing dramatically. This is not about celebrating the advances made but rather about changing the prevailing perspectives that things are getting worse. My ongoing concern is that too many people are overwhelmed with the “prevailing wisdom” that things are getting worse, that there is more bad than good in this world and that things like the Snowflake Effect are even possible. Yet the evidence and data show that the opposite is true and I see more examples of this every day.
You can read this recent interview with Peter to get a feel for the perspectives and points he covers in the book and decide if you want like to know more by reading the whole book. I liked this clarification Peter made about abundance in the interview:
Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury—rather it’s about providing everyone with a life of possibility."
“…….. ultimately, abundance is about creating a world of possibility: a world where everyone’s days are spent dreaming and doing, not scrapping and scraping.”
and his summation at the end of the interview when asked what he hopes people will get from reading the book:
“Most importantly, we want people to understand that, more than ever before in history, individuals can now band together to solve grand challenges. We don’t believe abundance happens automatically. It’s up to each of us. That’s what makes today so different. We face enormous problems, but we—as individuals— have enormous power to solve them. It really is a magical time.”
It’s been said that a new perspective is worth 50 IQ points so reading the interview and the book just might make for a world filled with smarter snowflakes!