2016 is an election year.
As with every election year, changes are to be expected. Among the changes we are hoping for are solutions to the various problems we are facing: poverty, unemployment, hunger, food security, education, transportation, peace and order, crime, climate change, the energy crisis, lack of infrastructure, disaster management and traffic, traffic, traffic.
And with every election, people are reminded that their choice of leaders will dictate if, and how these problems will be solved. Every election, people look at their leaders to solve these crises, hoping for solutions that would eradicate them, once and for all. But realists will concur that these problems have been with us for a long time, and cannot be solved by just a few leaders all by themselves.
While politicians have been known to refer to themselves as drivers, it is apparent that there are many other factors and entities driving the changes we need to see.
Technology is a driver. So is advocacy. Then there is business. And most importantly, the many people guided by vision, great and small, to change things they think need to be changed.
Whatever the outcome of the elections, whether our individual choices win or not, we all know some changes must happen. Our government is expected to lead, definitely. But the changes we hope for will come faster with everyone, with all of us, helping and more importantly, forging ahead.