2011 Perspectives Overview
The 2011 Ten Year Forecast: In Search of Social Resilience
The world is out of balance. Wealth is skewed across nations, across communities, and across individuals. Age skews similarly while cities and rural communities compete for human industry. From citizens’ rights to access to education, health, and technology, human experience of daily life encompasses the extremes
- Imbalance, if left unattended, leads to collapse. And in the coming decade, the world will grapple with basic resources like money, land, and time to remediate these imbalances.
- We will give new meanings to our lives with fundamental changes in our legal and linguistic tools, our community markers, and even death itself.
- New frameworks for adaptation and evolution, based on new science, will give us new adaptive strategies and guide us in the global balancing act.
- The solutions won’t look like the solutions of the past: neither markets nor governments can make adjustments on the scale that will be necessary. Rather we’ll tap a deep reservoir of social innovations that are slowly transforming our ability to rebalance the world in ways that no previous generation could have imagined. Ground zero for these innovations will be the household.