We’ve got a big problem, we human beings. Bigger than plastic in the oceans and toxins in the air, bigger even than climate change. It’s how we talk and listen to each other.
It’s the basis for everything we do – and will need to do – together. Yet so much of our communication washes around in a sea of confusion, conflict and dysfunction – at home, at work, in society and in the world.
‘That’s life,’ some will say. ‘It’s normal.’ But it needn’t be. We can do better. We have to do better. Because if we don’t improve things soon we could all be scuppered, as the challenges we face threaten to overwhelm us.
That’s why we need a revolution – a talking revolution. We need a massive, worldwide improvement in how we communicate. How we talk to each other. How we listen to each other. How we understand and are understood by each other.
Hardware, software, humanware - everywhere
We’ve had a revolution in the technology that connects us around the world, in the hardware and the software – now we need a revolution in the ‘humanware’, the quality of how we actually communicate with each other, one to one.
We need this talking revolution to happen everywhere – at the kitchen table and the conference table, in the boardroom and the bedroom, the classroom and the office; in the international community and the community centre; in the pub, in the street, on the bus, online, offline. Everywhere.
We also need it to involve everyone – young, old, male, female, rich, poor, straight, gay, able-bodied, disabled, black, white and every other shade too. Because everyone has the potential to become a talking revolutionary and to benefit from better, stronger connections with other people.
And we need this talking revolution urgently. All around the world people are realising that we have to collaborate on an ever-increasing scale, at every level, if we’re to find common solutions to the challenges that face us nationally, regionally and globally.