About this time every year, Futurists look over their notes to see if they can come up with predictions for the coming year. Not to be left out of the crowd, I too have some "predictions" that I'd like to offer for 2019...but they are more like suggestions, advice to help you thrive and succeed in the most dramatic time of change in the history of humanity. That's not hyperbole. This conflation of advanced AI, climate change and economic inequality has never happened before. That means business as usual will not be enough to answer this emerging crisis. This actually can be a great opportunity if we see it as such. With that in mind, here are my "predictions"/suggestions we'll need to do in 2019 in order to intend a transformed future that works.
A dramatic and very public pivot to clean energy. Despite what the current Federal administration in the US is saying about climate change, "clean coal" and doubling down on fossil fuel, the smart money is all flowing toward clean energy. This shift is going to take a very high profile turn in 2019 as company after company launch ready to go clean energy solutions, such as this one....https://www.ge.com/reports/call-ecomagination-ge-building-co2-powered-turbine-generates-10-megawatts-fits-table/
The IPCC report on climate change that sounded the alarm on the urgency of doing something about this crisis right now has opened the flood gate to these kinds of inventions. Stay up on local, state and regional regulations. That's the barometer of where the money is going. This year is the time to invest in ethical companies leading this charge.
The merger of sustainable communities with retirement communities. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Developers are forwarding the idea of making retirement communities completely green, autonomous and sustainable. These will, in effect, be the blueprint for all communities in the future. This re-imagining of how communities will work will be fueled by the autonomous car revolution, food security opportunities from indoor farming due to drought and floods and the fast growing and ageing baby boom population. Look for a major play on this in 2019.
New data of testing of 21st century economic models. The real challenge that plagues a lot of the world is that current economic systems, based on the top down scarcity model are not robust enough to work efficiently in a rapidly changing societal foundation. They simply cannot compete effectively in a 21st century that features super efficient technology, climate change adaptation and massive income inequality. In 2019, there will be a rush of data from test models that utilize new economies organized around these three factors. From global testing of Universal Basic Income models to the global testing of Universal Basic Resources models (my initiative), data will stream in this year to share what options are possible. Here are the models to watch:
The autonomous automobile revolution social disruption starts in earnest this year. Did you know that cars are parked 95% of the time? They are a tremendous and incredible wasted asset, which makes autonomous cars that are moving all the time, a giant leap in efficiency. Cities are now doing their first phase of planning around this development, especially as how the loss of revenue from parking and speeding tickets and auto registration. This will be a hot button issue because social programs will be disrupted because of the income loss. The mere projection of these losses are sending a lot of metro areas scrambling. We'll be monitoring these development here in this blog.
The Hemp and CBD industry is about to blow up. At least, that's going to be the case in North America This year, you'll see it. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/cbd-farm-bill/
Welcome to a new year and a new opportunity to create transformation!
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org