Governor Jerry Brown of California spoke at the Vatican on November 4 at a symposium on the environment. He stated that “faith must join technical, scientific and political approaches to limit environmental devastation.” He expanded his thinking by saying “going forward, we’re going to have to find the pathway to awaken the world, to get done what needs to be done,” he said. “We’re not going to get there with just science and technology. There’s no technical fix adequate to the challenge we face.”
“No technical fix adequate to fix the challenge we face”; now there is a invitation to think differently. Certainly, there are areas where technical fixes will solve challenges. Yet for climate change, Brown challenges us to take a different path than “technical fixes”. He invites us to look at it through the adaptive challenge lens. He encourages us to take a path where we tap into the best thinking from the worlds of faith, politics, science, and technology.
His persuasive and well informed speech, is also an invitation to think differently about other community, organizational and regional challenges.