## About ### About ![rw-book-cover](https://readwise-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/static/images/article0.00998d930354.png) #### Metadata * Author: [[consilienceproject.org]] * Full Title: About * Category: #articles * URL: <https://consilienceproject.org/about/> #### Highlights * It is precisely the novelty of the problem landscape that has impaired the ability of current social theories and institutions to provide solutions. The world is facing unprecedented catastrophic risks, arising from the intersection of exponential technologies, planetary boundaries, geopolitical instability, and economic and supply chain fragility. The institutions to which people would turn to make sense of these risks and organize collectively to address them are outdated at best and usually also corrupt. More of our political and social energy is spent on infighting than effectively coordinating towards solutions. When we do take action towards solutions, our legacy problem-solving processes define problems in narrow ways that give rise to solutions that cause new problems as externalities. Cultural and institutional decay continues to advance, while our real problems and catastrophic risks rapidly accelerate in complexity and scale. # About ![rw-book-cover](https://readwise-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/static/images/article0.00998d930354.png) ## Metadata - Author: [[consilienceproject.org]] - Full Title: About - Category: #articles - URL: https://consilienceproject.org/about/ ## Highlights - It is precisely the novelty of the problem landscape that has impaired the ability of current social theories and institutions to provide solutions. The world is facing unprecedented catastrophic risks, arising from the intersection of exponential technologies, planetary boundaries, geopolitical instability, and economic and supply chain fragility. The institutions to which people would turn to make sense of these risks and organize collectively to address them are outdated at best and usually also corrupt. More of our political and social energy is spent on infighting than effectively coordinating towards solutions. When we do take action towards solutions, our legacy problem-solving processes define problems in narrow ways that give rise to solutions that cause new problems as externalities. Cultural and institutional decay continues to advance, while our real problems and catastrophic risks rapidly accelerate in complexity and scale.