CE#492: Why Don’t We Act in Our Own Best Interest? (HBR Blog Network)

At the World Economic Forum last week, I attended a small dinner that included eight Nobel Prize winners. What a privilege in itself.

The question the Laureates were asked to address was “What do you see as the world’s biggest challenges?” They facilitated conversations at each table, and at the end, each of them reported out.

Their suggestions included overpopulation, unemployment, the environment, and inequality. Each of the Nobel winners was eloquent and wise about these issues, but the reality is that the challenges are familiar, and they’re getting worse, not better. The common denominator among all of them is that they are problems created by humans. So why can’t we humans solve them?

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