If the medium is the message, then the animated video format used by the RSA Animate series has a very bright future. It’s a groundbreaking style that everyone needs to see.
A “stop motion cartoon” (my term for it) will concentrate your attention through a complex argument. This is perfect for ‘The Empathic Civilization’ – an 11 minute speech by bestselling author and political adviser Jeremy Rifkin. The video is a treatment of his most recent book, which investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and society. Most importantly, Rifkin points out that the future of our empathic growth lies in the potential of our global consciousness to embrace a “a single human race in a single biosphere”. If finding solutions for the environmental crisis facing our planet is more a question of will than skill, could empathy for our biosphere and all people within be the missing link? Take a gander:
Rifkin also wrote an adaption of his book for the Huffington Post, and it extends the argument of the video into the future. Ultimately, he is saying that we have the empathic disposition and tools to solve our issues, and we’re on the right path – but do we have the time? “The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth. But our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?” With this in mind, spreading the ideas and stories that inspire us to action (and empathy) may be the best thing we can do. PSSST, pass it on.