In Greek myth, Pandora’s box was a divine gift, which on opening released strife, care, pride, hatred and despair into the world. The last thing remaining inside the box was hope.
Pandora was created to be curious and the urge to open the box overcame her. Zeus knew that her curiosity meant that she could not stop herself from opening the box, especially when he had told her that she must not do so.
Our curiosity has brought us to where we are today, with a wide range of tools at our fingertips, in the midst of a digital revolution, which connects us all.
As always, threat and opportunity stand side by side before us. Yet with hope and wisdom helping us to manage our choices, we have never had more opportunity to deal with the strife, care, pride, hatred and despair of the world.
But the opportunities come with challenges.
By working together, the challenges can be managed if we are able to move forward from the attitudes of the 20thCentury world of conflict, separation and disconnection into a joined up, shared value and collaborative world.
And that competition between old world thinking and new world opportunity is being played out every day, in forums and meeting places across the planet.