If you look at the big picture, in this increasingly interconnected world, you are already getting affected by the actions of others who you thought would have never affected you.
Hence, in the greater scheme of things, the potential of impacts produced by your actions today to create a responsible tomorrow, will affect others, and vice versa. Eventually, your actions will not only create a responsible tomorrow for you, but consequently for all.
With over 7.7 billion people in the world, growing at the rate of 1% to 1.15% per year, the challenge to change products, practices and policies is surely herculean. However, thoughtful individuals, responsible organisations and some governments have already started incorporating ‘responsibility’ in the creation and evolution of products, practices and policies. Obvious as it may sound, the scale of the problem is so large that despite outstanding contributions from people around the globe and exemplary impacts created by a majority of these initiatives, overall, such initiatives are still struggling to achieve the expected impact. There are independent as well as interdependent forces at play that determine the success of such initiatives and without the engagement of every one of us there will only be temporary impacts that may eventually fade into oblivion.
Products, practices and policies do not apparently seem to impact almost anything and everything around us, but careful observation can clearly establish that. How the creation and evolution of these three things have shaped history, how they are affecting us now, and how they will do so in the future is a complex algorithm of possibilities. Hence, understanding that big picture and acting promptly to ensure a responsible future for all is the most important need of our times. A realistic balance between products-practices-policies and people-planet-profits needs to be established to ensure long term sustainability and responsible growth.
As complex as this may sound, the simplest of our initiatives can offer a chance to bring the necessary changes.