To make the leap to a liveable world, we need to find means of activating and strengthening values that will help speed up the systemic innovation we need. The important values to prioritise are intrinsic or self-transcending – values that are associated with concern for bigger-than-self problems and with the behaviours needed to help address these problems. They include:
- empathy towards those who are facing the effects of humanitarian and environmental crises,
- concern for future generations and
- recognition that human prosperity resides in relationships – both with one another and with the natural world.
re.think’s view is that these values and behaviours can be best nurtured through three concepts – ways of thinking which we believe will be core to our success in creating a liveable world:
- Wellbeing: a fulfilling and happy life for individuals and communities
- Democracy: capacity of groups of people to take shared decisions about their future - at work, at home and in other places of everyday life.
- Sustainable Livelihoods: a means of living where the capabilities, assets (including both material and social resources) and activities required are sustainable
The re.think programme is organised around these three themes.