The world has never been perfect, but there are hints out there that certain things are not quite as they should be, and that if we do nothing, we may well seal our fate for the worse.
There are many examples. In the U.S., for example, the economy seems to be recovering modestly, but young people, in particular, are still facing high rates of unemployment. Are we prepared to write off a whole generation, and tell them they must settle for less than their parents? In China, and other countries as well, the air pollution is so thick in some cities, that jet planes are forced to land without visibility, using only their instrumentation to guide them. Is that the future we envision for ourselves? And in parts of the Middle East, and other areas of the world, extremism is gaining the upper hand, with the prospect of endless fighting, including the likelihood that weapons of mass destruction will end up in the hands of people with uncompromising ideological agendas. Can we afford to allow extremists to set the agenda for the destiny of man?
Most of the threats we face around the world seem to fall into three general categories: How do we grow our economies? How do we protect the environment? And how do we weaken the hold of extremist thinking?
Our focus, here on this website, is to come up with workable solutions to the three greatest questions of our time, and to build a model which proves that the solutions we propose can actually work in the real world. Our challenge, the world over, is to see things as they really are, and to put together the pieces of a possible solution to some of our most intractable problems, in just the right way, and to package these solutions in the most attractive way possible, so as to sell them to the man on the street. In short, we will inspire people with a vision of hope, and deliver on that promise with jobs: jobs which grow our economies, jobs which protect the environment, and jobs which help to weaken the hold of extremist thinking.
Yes, the world is ready for a reset. But we can’t just talk about it. As they say, talk is cheap. We can’t just think about it. The best ideas can go by the wayside if we don’t find a way to make them real. We need to build the answers for our time. We will build a place that we can actually see and touch, a self-evident reality that speaks louder than words, and that proves that peace is possible. For all the naysayers out there, and there are plenty, it will be hard to deny an answer that actually works, that has been given substance in reality, and that proves that new models are not only possible, but necessary, in our time.
Global problems require global solutions. How do we create new engines for economic growth? How do we generate profits without degrading the environment? How do we respect cultural and religious diversity while avoiding the pitfalls of ideological extremism? These are the great challenges of our time, challenges which will require bold initiatives.
We believe that a Green Industrial Zone in a place like Gaza will provide the beginnings of an answer to the greatest questions of our time. It will only be a beginning. But a beginning is still a good place to start. And it will have to be built for it to mean anything. Your help in this regard, whether by the comments you leave behind, or the people you introduce us to, could make all the difference in the world. It is time for a reset. It is time to take stock of our situation. It is time to think out of the box we find ourselves. And it is time, before time runs out, to dream the impossible, and to make the impossible come true.