Do you think with all our global challenges we are facing today, we are close to doomsday or is it not as bad as everyone says?
I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine who is a serial entrepreneur and mentor to world-changing leaders, and we put the question “Are we doomed?” on the table.
For example, by the late 1800s, large cities all around the world were “drowning in horse manure”. In order for these cities to function, they were dependent on thousands of horses for the transport of both people and goods.
The terrible situation was debated in 1898 at the world’s first international urban planning conference in New York, but no solution could be found. It seemed urban civilization was doomed.
However, necessity is the mother of invention, and the invention, in this case was that of motor transport. Henry Ford came up with a process of building motorcars at affordable prices. Electric trams and motorbuses appeared on the streets, replacing the horse-drawn buses.
By 1912, this seemingly insurmountable problem had been resolved; in cities all around the globe, horses had been replaced and now motorized vehicles were the main source of transport and carriage.
So, are we facing another example of “The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894” or are we doomed?
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