Imagine two futures. One is a stagnant economy, rising income inequality, declining health of individuals and the dire consequences of global warming. And communities in which everyone’s just looking out for themselves.

Now imagine a different future. One where innovation, education and intention provide opportunity, build new ways of doing business, widen the circle of prosperity and squarely confront our pressing environmental problems.

That’s the choice we face right now. If we continue our current course and speed, we know we’re going to get the first future. Because that’s the present we’re living today. Between these two futures lies a chasm. A chasm of history, fear, obstructionism and worst of all, entrenched power.

So how do you get to the other side? It’s not by trying to figure out the middle point of everyone’s position. Because if you do that, you only leap halfway across the chasm and fail entirely. Instead, we have to find the collective will to jump all the way across.

From education, to housing, to transportation, to economic development, every action we take has to be measured against the question, “Will it help us get to the other side of the chasm? Or will it only take us halfway?”