‘Good enough’ global cooperation is key to our survival

By Robert Muggah

Published on World Economic Forum

The future feels more threatening and ominous than ever. The sense of doom and gloom is deepening, not least in the West. The daily news headlines do not help. We are told that tensions between the US and North Korea, Iran, Russia or China could flare-up into a global conflagration.

We are informed that the rise of AI will eliminate most jobs and potentially humans. We are witnessing how social media is dividing societies and undermining liberal democracy. And we are reminded almost hourly about how climate change is leading to mass extinction.

Any one of these issues is enough to make us throw in the towel in despair. That would be precisely the wrong thing to do. While these and other threats are real and daunting, none of them are absolutely guaranteed. In fact, the only certainty we have in an era of exponential change is the guarantee that our future is uncertain.

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