Short-Termism Is Keeping Us From The World’s Most Pressing Problems

Forbes. 2019. It’s also a rebuke to the epidemic of short-term thinking we’re currently living in. Politicians plan in four-year election cycles. Fashions change with the micro-seasons (there used to be just four).

Corporations measure by quarters. News cycles turn over in days, and Twitter churns constantly. Short-term thinking has become our default; meanwhile, we can’t marshal the focus or resources to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems — the kind that loom long term, from public debt to technological risk and climate change.