The People Factor

Population Growth,
Sustainability,
and Human Well-Being

IDENTITY

What's the Point?

For human beings to meet their full potential, they must have choices and opportunities to help them shape their personal and social identities. While population growth can enhance some choices and opportunities, it can also diminish them.


How We'll Explore It

Before we start to explore how population growth intersects with the components of humanity that most powerfully shape our personal and social identities, we have to understand what personal and social identity is and why it is so important to human beings. “Who am I?” and “How do I fit in?” We’ll talk with a psychologist to explore how our individual answers to these questions shape how we understand ourselves and our connection to the world around us. A conversation with a psychiatrist will help us understand how our individual answers manifest themselves physically.

Based on what we have learned so far, we can now launch an exploration of the links between population growth and the things around and within us that help us answer the questions “Who am I?” and “How do I fit in?”