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DN Debate. The societal challenges requires the bet on the vuxenutveckling

Man is a wondrous creature. A few thousand years, we have built up complex civilizations and at the same time created the conditions to support close to eight billion individuals, created welfare for many (but not all) and formed a network of institutions responsible for education, policy, income distribution, health, etc.

But the development also carries risks in the form of environmental degradation, weapons of mass destruction, new pandemics, some forms of artificial intelligence, etc. Man has thus a great power but also a global responsibility, not only for this and future generations, but also for all the other life forms with which we share the planet with. Year 2015 adopted Agenda 2030 by the UN in order to create sustainable development and prosperity for all.

The large and complex challenges facing humanity rests not only on a few leaders to solve, but all the people in their daily lives in different ways can help to maintain a functioning society in a constant state of change.

The large and complex challenges facing humanity rests not only on a few leaders to solve, but all the people in their daily lives in different ways can help to maintain a functioning society in a constant state of change.

What is it that is required for the balance to tip over in favour of the positive in human development?

the Bible as well as ancient philosophers called it wisdom. Later philosophers and psychoanalyst spoke of individuation. Contemporary psychologists from, for example, Harvard University such as Robert Kegan and Susanne Cook-Greuter, talking in terms of ”vuxenutveckling”. With time, these issues evolved into an established field of research.

Individuals can grow, develop skills and strengthen their inner resources, which are to be deleted from more perspectives, to think more complex, valuing knowledge and mature towards an increasingly greater self-awareness. This development means a stronger independent thinking and a identification and a sense of responsibility for, not only himself and his immediate environment, but also in a wider context.

To support such a life-long development of all individuals becomes increasingly important as the complexity of society and the challenges grow and become more global. In the vernacular, we're talking for example about bad leadership or employees with difficulties in cooperation, but the explanation is in many cases a lack of maturity and the internal resources of the individual to handle the task you have in front of them and their life situation.

more and more organizations in Sweden empowers its managers and employees to work with their inner world. Both ACT, acceptance and commitment therapy, which is a development of CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness or mindfulness, supports the idea that individuals become more aware of personal values and have a clearer view and handle their thoughts and emotions become better at dealing with complex environments.

Those who work with vuxenutveckling mean that wisdom is a long-term process in which the great personal transformations can occur even late in life, and take several years. Therefore, we need a systematic and long-term work to promote individuals ' continued its maturation process.

It is in the work we get repeated opportunities to meet new perspective, be challenged, get feedback and take responsibility in a variety of issues. Development should therefore be driven by businesses, the public sector, and civil society in its entirety and not just within the education system as most of the leaves early in his life.

in our opinion, is the development of the individual, an important issue for society at large. If we succeed in making progress to increase human maturity, we will be the strong democracy, increase our chances to reach the global targets, and at the same time avoid many of the major risks we face as humanity.

We suggest:

1 To the question of vuxenutveckling lifted in general in society , in the same way as we operate and work with issues of equality and sustainability.

2 , organizations are in a conscious and systematic way of providing support not only to leaders and featured talents, but also to all employees ' personal maturity and development.

3 more resources spent on research on vuxenutveckling , for example, around theory development, methods and interventional studies that is to say, what actions have the best effect.

It is important for us to stress that we strive to build a scientific basis. Although it is difficult to give a general recipe on how to support a positive development, a scientific focus in this area enhance knowledge and contribute to the development of a more functional approach both at the individual and societal level.

For many people is a constant personal development is something natural at the same time as the needs of the community of mature individuals has become greater than ever before. In the same way as Sweden is a leading country concerning gender equality and the sustainability of our country can be a source of inspiration in matters of wisdom and personal maturity. Let us seize this opportunity and let us do it together, before it is too late.

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