I feel strongly that the global community is beginning to respond to our shared plight. Why? Three reasons: a shared sense of urgency, a shared diagnosis of the problems, and a shared sense that the steps needed in the period ahead are now coming into focus.
Many of the people who control the world's largest corporations are quite comfortable with the status quo post-financial crisis. This makes sense for them -- and poses a major problem for the rest of us.
Several years back, I ran a large team building event for a company on Wall Street. The men and women vibrated with intelligence and sparkled with charisma. But something about that day has recently come back to haunt me.