New online games may lead to new realities.
By John Elkington
Welcome to the Anthropocene era, when human impacts begin to overwhelm those of other species. The implication, as long-term environmentalist Steward Brand put it, is that “Humanity is now stuck with a planet stewardship role.” Then provocatively, he argued, “We are as gods and have to get good at it.”
So where would you look for people – and industries – that are good at thinking through what it would mean to be a god responsible for looking after Planet Earth? Let’s put aside religions, which have tended to be more interested in the after lives of their believers than in the lives of future generations of humans and other species. So who then comes to mind?