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The theme of this writing is that we got to move. The world around us is changing. We, as members of a particular society, have no other option but to adapt to face changing conditions and beliefs. Take for example climate change, which is likely to have a large impact on our lives in the coming decades. It is well-researched and commonly accepted that climate change is caused by exhaustion of natural resources like oil, gas and coal. However, not everyone agrees. There are leaders who dismiss the theory of man induced climate change as a delusion arguing that climate change has natural causes. Nevertheless, the world at large has to do something because species are endangered of extinction and some people already have to deal with life-threatening conditions such as flooding, forest fires, and water shortage. We got to move and we have to do this collectively with a common purpose, otherwise the problems caused by climate change are beyond control in the future. In the process of adaptation, sacrifices have to be made to reduce our footprint. Not everyone is willing to pay this price making the process seemingly doomed from the start: too little, too late. So then, what can we do to act appropriately?
Of course, climate change is a large, so-called wicked problem. Wicked problems have several characteristics, including that causes and effects of a problem are not well understood or denied, stakeholders having differences in values and opinions, and that it is typically unclear what measures should be taken. Other wicked problems include geo-political conflicts causing mass immigration, expensive and insufficient health care, and poverty and other forms of social injustice. These world-wide wicked problems cannot be solved easily. This does not mean, however, that we cannot do anything about it. The maxim is: think globally, act locally. The social theory of a sustainable, collaborative learning society provides a way to do so. The social theory can be regarded as a process with which arguably desirable and culturally feasible changes can be implemented thereby guaranteeing that these changes will have a lasting impact.