Resource Policy: The Musical Chairs Game

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Together, Let’s imagine the Resources Policy Game. The game, which started almost twenty years ago in Rio at the First Earth Summit, is played by a group of 6 people. Arranged in a circle, 5 chairs face each other, while the players are all standing outside the circle. A non-playing individual plays the music, in this case, the “Sustainability Song”.
Musical Chairs Game
Governments, NGOs, international institutions, academia, civil society and businesses are all outside the circle: walking, dancing, running or not moving at all.

The Sustainability song is playing. They all look at the chairs, but none of them is ready to sit on any of them.  The Game is reality. In fact, while they are dancing and avoiding concrete policy and strategies, resources are destroyed.   The global transition plan towards sustainable development is not set, nor implemented and no player has decided to take the lead.  Listen to the interview with Ardawatia Himanshu below to hear more of his viewpoints.

We need a Global Agenda but Local Solutions a chat with Ardawatia Himanshu by Studentreporter

For Ardawatia Himanshu, Indian, scientist, consultant and proud entrepreneur, we need to find common goals at all levels. The World Resources Forum is a great platform to facilitate this process. Nonetheless, he hopes that the different players will understand that this is a multidimensional, complex issue, which requires policy instruments at different stages.

However, he stresses that “We need a Global Agenda but Local Solutions”. At the local level, perceptions are different, circumstances diverge and the know-how is disparate. We need to get out of the linear thinking model and have more differentiated approaches, and most importantly implement feedback mechanisms.

Since the First Earth Summit, nor the game nor the music changed. However , we can create a different ending. What if civil society, pushed by young people was the one to play the Music at Rio+ 20 Conference. Everybody would have a chair to sit on and the circle would be complete. Let’s change the game rules, let’s be smarter.

How will you be a Game Changer ?

2 thoughts on “Resource Policy: The Musical Chairs Game

  1. You’re right, change does not come from running around in a circle. Sadly, it also does not come from agreeing on common goals.

    Where things have moved on a larger front (e.g. renewable energy), it was driven by smart and committed individuals that showed what was possible – sometimes in their freetime or extremely lowly paid – and then lobbied for regulation that scaled the possible. Civil society can play an important role in both phases – by providing space to “unreasonable people” for experimenting and refining the new, and then support them in getting the framework conditions right to make things BIG!

  2. Nasma!!!

    This was so well written, I couldn’t read earlier but, you summed the whole situation so beautifully!
    It was sad that Rio+20 couldn’t change that song nor the game and things are continuing at the same monotonous pace.

    I wish to have a world when more young active people like you advoctae their voice be an inspiration to many!

    Wish you luck wherever you are.

    Best wishes,
    ~Aashish Birgi

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