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  In a series of essays
   by some of today’s
     brightest future
thinkers, THE FUTURIST
   will showcase new
ideas on the key issues
   of the next decade.

                                                                                                           CHRISTIAN ANTHONY / ISTOCKPHOTO

D      on’t be alarmed, but the next 10 years could
       be the most significant in the history of the hu-
       man race. The unsolved problems of the last cen-
tury have grown in size and urgency. Issues such as cli-
mate change, governmental fiscal imbalances, the
                                                                    voices offer a new approach to the problems that we’re
                                                                    facing today. Other voices highlight an issue or di-
                                                                    lemma that will grow as a major concern. All of these
                                                                    individuals offer solutions, and all are highly indepen-
demographic shift to older populations, depleting re-                  Why is independence important? Look closely and
sources, and increasing technological complexity could              you’ll see signs that a global shift is occurring. Techno-
cause major disruptions in the next decade as our spe-              logical breakthroughs and globalization are imbuing
cies arrives at what futurist William Halal calls a “crisis         ordinary people with new powers, from the street ac-
of maturity.”                                                       tivist in Beijing organizing a flash demonstration on his
   Some of the questions we will have to address in the             phone to the entrepreneur in Kenya who’s just made a
next decade include:                                                biofuel breakthrough.
   •	How	do	we	deliver	inexpensive	and	reliable	health	                History has seen the transfer of power from mobs to
care to a rapidly aging population?                                 empires and fro
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