Making The Impossible Happen
“You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option” – Greta Thunberg
Can we really do the impossible? Very often, desirable outcomes are too quickly dismissed as impossible, especially when they are related to sustainability goals and the climate crisis. This is usually the consequence of a simplistic approach where people ask “Can it be done?” and the answer is frequently “No!” – at least not with the tools that we have today.
But this is the wrong question to ask. By asking instead: “What do we need to make it happen?” you focus attention not on the impossibility but on concrete actions that we can take. Sometimes this is very challenging and we need new innovations, but by addressing these challenges we can achieve what could easily have been dismissed as impossible.
In this workshop Andrew Hennigan shares insights he has learned teaching innovation workshops, explaining why this simple shift in perspective can be extremely effective for removing mental objectives and steering people towards solutions that are possible. The workshop includes concrete examples of “impossible” problems that were solved using this approach, and participants will have a chance to try for themselves how this simple reframing exercise can make sustainability issues solvable.
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