The Overview Effect
Have you ever realised that Earth is a space ship? That we are all space travellers? Earth is a house oating through the universe. Our house, our home. We live and work here. We are born here and will die here. Together with countless other creatures, we spend our entire lives on space ship Earth.
In the late 60s, astronauts saw Earth from space for the first time. It was love at first sight. Overcome with feelings of euphoria and enthusiasm an intense sense of responsibility started growing. The astronauts became aware that as residents of our planet they had to take care of our spacecraft, our vulnerable globe. This awareness never left them. This is called the Overview Effect.
Seeing Earth in its entirety, floating in a universe full of stars makes us feel more responsible. After seeing this ‘bigger picture’ you can and will not do anything else but carefully and lovingly deal with Earth. See it as a permanent mind shift. But, can we experience something similar without having to travel into space? How can these astronauts’ experiences help organizations become more sustainable? The Overview Forum examines these and many more questions.