This week of short films highlighting solutions to the world’s most pressing problems was partially inspired by the month which ends today –- November.
November is when the days shorten and darkness seems pervasive. The air gets colder and the urge to just hunker down until Spring grows stronger.
It was also partially inspired by my various social media feeds. Twitter and Facebook have allowed us all to become advocates for one cause or another, without actually having to physically or emotionally commit to fighting for it.
All the problems overwhelming the world feel so much larger and impossible to confront when so many people are demanding that you join in their particular chorus of outrage.
Nobody’s got that kind of time, energy –- or rage.
So the problems begin to feel like they can never be solved.
But these posts were also inspired by how much the world seems to have changed from when I was inspired to realize my own dreams.
Back then, John F. Kennedy’s appeal to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you could do for your country” was a rallying cry.
Now we appear to feel more entitled and want our countries to do more for us. Maybe -– because after all –- we deserve it.
But problems don’t solve themselves. And for the most part governments have their hands full. So it really is up to us.
Maybe the real future of problem solving lies in the model of the “X” Prize. Creating a reward more tangible than the mere thrill of achievement and satisfaction of doing something well.
The “X” Prize proves that the sky does not have to be the limit. There is incentive to move beyond. To Focus/Forward.
The twenty finalists in this inspiring short film competition were named this week. You can see them here and online voting continues until December 20th.
Who knows, you may find something that solves a problem that hits close to home for you –- or maybe just brings a little light of hope to stave off the dark days of Winter.