The 21st Century: Analysis and Definitions

Are You Ready For The 21st Century ?

February 2009

A Future in Crisis

Intuitively, people everywhere are now sensing that they are living on credit … borrowing from the future in terms of the economy, the environment and sources of energy. People from all walks of life are beginning to realize they are borrowing from an uncertain future to finance current levels of prosperity. It's becoming clearer and clearer that the current models for society are mortgaging the quality of life from future generations in order to fulfill current desires.

Thus, mental models are beginning to change, and people don't want a range of disparate studies on various disconnected problems; rather, they are seeking concrete analyses and approaches that can help redirect or remedy difficult and complex situations.

This section of the web site offers readers a framework that explores some new mechanisms for addressing the complexities of the emergent post-industrial society.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Click to download the PDF files.

1- We're going in the wrong direction !

2- The new mechanism which govern us

3- After Internet 1 comes Internet 2

4- A North American model of the information society

5- Summary : strategies for the 21st century

6- References : authors and events

You can also download all PDF files in a single ZIP archive.

The work contained in the sections outlined above represents a synthesis of how a hundred or so authors are anticipating our collective future.


Michel Cartier cartier.michel@constellationw.com

Jon Husband jon.husband@constellationw.com

Petition about Wikileaks

A petition about Wikileaks and Julian Assanges, by James Moore, ...and hundreds of commentaries :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/i-am-julian-assange_b_793583.html

The Global Technology Revolution 2020

The global Technology Revolution : Technology Trends and Cross-Country variation by the Rand Corporation (The National Security Research Division) examines how technology changes ..... :

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG475/

In 2020, areas of particular importance for technology trends will include biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials technology, and information technology. The authors of this report assessed a sample of 29 countries across the spectrum of scientific advancement with respect to their ability to acquire and implement 16 key technology applications. The study’s major conclusions are that scientifically advanced countries such as the United States, Germany, and Japan will be able to implement all key technology applications evaluated; and public policy issues in certain areas will engender public debate and strongly influence technology implementation.

The Evolutionary Manifesto

The Evolutionary Manifesto, Our role in the Future Evolution of Life.
John Stewart is a Core Member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Research Group, of The Free University of Brussels.

The organization of a cooperative global society is an urgent priority. With it, the threats of world war and global warming can be easily managed. Without it, human civilization may end this century.

The Evolutionary Manifesto is an intentional attempt to promote the shift to conscious evolution and the evolutionary activism that will drive it. To read, discuss and circulate the Manifesto is to participate in a great evolutionary transition on this planet:

http://www.evolutionarymanifesto.com

Science & Technology outlook : 2005-2055

A comprehensive look at the future of science and technology 10, 20 and 50 years out by the Institute for the Future.

The work culminated in a map focusing on nine key themes :

Small World
Intentional Biology
Extended Self
Mathematical World
Sensory Transformation
Lightweight Infrastructure
Democratised Innovation
Transdiciplinarity
Emergence

http://www.iftf.org/node/757

This map is a tool for navigating in an unknow terrain (Map = 2 pages, Report = 38 pages)

The Crisis of Capitalism

This is a video by RSA Animate on YouTube (11 minutes).

David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsable, just and humane ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0

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