We see that today’s challenges are great once more, as is our opportunity to evolve as a species.

Writes Mikhail Gorbachev: “The XXI century will be a century either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us – all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all faiths – must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.”

In 2014 Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft wrote in letters to his employees: “I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things”
Writing also “Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning ‘bit’ always switched on”.

A Growth Culture is nothing new. It has existed for millennia in different societies and is continuously practiced today.

Carol Dweck writes in her book ‘Mindset’: “Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way. When people…change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth takes plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.”

Think of people and places where you see a Growth Culture today. Who inspires you with their unflinching commitment to learning about themselves and helping others grow, using everything as an opportunity for our evolution?