Our Unpleasant Truths: Where Have They Delivered Us? — Part I | Will Richardson | 3 Min Read

January 19, 2021

Regardless of your political persuasion, the color of your skin, your age, or where you happen to be living, life is appreciably different at the start of 2021 from just a year ago. One of my new favorite writers, Scott Galloway (and others), is arguing that while the calendar ticked off one year in 2020, changes that were just starting to make inroads into our lives accelerated the equivalent of five or maybe even 10 years last year. 

And none of it feels like it’s slowing down, does it?

The challenges we face today are existential. We’re grappling with deep, systemic, long-term issues around race. The climate crisis is no longer on the horizon; it’s inside the walls. Here in the U.S., our very understanding of democracy is being put to the test. And the pandemic has exposed inequities and ineptitude that tear at the very fabric of our society.

These are not minor problems requiring a few expert roundtables and some policy tweaks to repair. Taken together, they create a moment of reckoning instead. They tell us in plain terms that the time has come to get our collective houses in order…and fast.

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Will Richardson

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will Richardson has spent the past 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future. In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 “Edupreneurs to Follow” by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.