Initial Perspectives

We began Future Agenda 2.0 by identifying 22 topics that we believe cover the most significant areas open for major change over the next decade, and invited an expert to write an initial point of view on each subject.

Grouped into four sections, the global challenges, options and possibilities, the way forward, and impacts and implications, these have been edited into a standard format to ease navigation and to ensure a common structure. The intention from the start was not only to get views for each topic on what the future would be, but also to get perspectives on which way we should go, why, and with what consequences.

These initial perspectives were then used to initiate conversations in workshops throughout 2015. Each comprised between 20 – 25 experts who helped refine the arguments and explore new areas of interest. Over the year, more than 3,000 people in 45 different locations participated. Some of our workshops were within single organisations but many brought together different expertise from many different avenues.

The Future of Aging

Advances in science and technology coupled with large-scale changes in health practices involving improved sanitation, water purification, and a host of lifestyle changes have led to dramatic increases in longevity in developed nations around the world.

The Future of Cities

In 1800, less than two percent of the global population lived in cities. Today one out of every two people is a city dweller and by 2050 it’s likely that over 70% of people will live in a city.

The Future of Company

Big business has become disconnected from the broader society within which it operates.

The Future of Connectivity

The telecoms industry not only faces a massive increase...

The Future of Currency

Technology has Increased the Speed of Currency Trade. With profit as the motivator and with deal speed at a premium, currency traders are rarely able to pause to consider what the impact of their transaction could be on a wider society.

The Future of Data

In the last ten years we have seen an explosion in the amount of structured data we produce through our everyday activities.

The Future of Education

The education systems in almost all countries are obsolete.

The Future of Energy

The energy system is at the beginning of an inevitable transition, with increasing contributions from renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

The Future of Food

The massive increase in the human population that has occurred over the last century is precipitating a cascade of environmental, economic, political and cultural changes that have far-reaching implications for the provision of an adequate global food supply.

The Future of Government

In recent years, the debate in contemporary political science has centred around the political institutions that limit or check power, like democratic accountability and the rule of law.

The Future of Health

The healthcare and wellness industry is going to drive the world economy of the 21st century.

The Future of Learning

The main global challenges pertaining to learning are related to the curation, contextualisation and control of a rapidly increasing amount of data, information and learning content.

The Future of Loyalty

Before discussing the challenges facing those of us who work in the ‘loyalty space’ in more depth, it is probably worth providing an overview of what the term means to us.

The Future of Payments

Commerce has always been defined as the interchange of goods and services for money. It still is, but the way commerce is conducted is in the middle of sweeping change. Merchants that anticipate these changes and prepare for them will win; others will struggle to survive.

The Future of Privacy

The right to privacy finds its expression in all the major international human right instruments.

The Future of Resources

Put simply the global challenge for the future of resources is to find a way in which we can establish a commercially, socially and environmentally sustainable society where there is a balance between human consumption and the availability of natural resources.

The Future of Trade

We are witnessing the transition to a new order: New national interests, new trading routes, new products / services are all emerging. How to ensure the development of trade in this environment will be key to successcontext-led customisation of loyalty experiences.

The Future of Transport

Transport is the glue that binds the many elements of society together. It transcends distance to enable us as individuals and organisations to connect with people, goods, services and opportunities.

The Future of Travel

The travel and tourism industry is often described as the largest industry in the world. It accounts for 9% of world GDP, $1.3tn in exports and 6% of world trade across multiple sectors, including transport (aviation, rail, road and sea), accommodation, activities, food and drink.

The Future of Water

Climate change, population growth and increased urbanization pose great challenges to the provision of water for human use.

The Future of Wealth

The main challenge related to the future of Wealth is how to maintain a high level of growth at global level, while simultaneously tackling the issue of higher wealth inequality.

The Future of Work

The global challenge of work is two-fold. First, will automation, in its various forms, destroy jobs? And second, even if not, will workers be paid enough to sustain the global economic system? This is why the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has said the problem of “good jobs” is the central problem of the richer economies.

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