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There's really only been one social institution that's been able to get people to work hard on changes/solutions that they'll never see come about: religion.
That leaves us with two real choices:
We figure out what it is about religion that has managed to do this, and try to replicate it in a non-religious arena -- something that political and military institutions have been trying to do for a very long time, without much success.
We try to embed sustainability/innovation/foresight discourse into existing religious institutions. A lot of us secular humanist types are going to be awfully uncomfortable with that.
The latter will happen without much intervention on our part post-disaster, but I'd rather not take that course.
So the big question, then, is how we can reverse-engineer religion such that we can make use of the persuasive aspects without having to bring over the mythical aspects...