Looking ahead

As 2020 is coming to a close, my thoughts are beginning to revolve around the future, around what’s coming next: Where am I heading? Where is the world heading? How will my and our collective future look? Exciting questions in confusing times.

And as I reflect on these questions, it’s becoming more and more obvious to me how significant and decisive these times truly are. Half a year ago, no one would have thought home office could replace regular office hours to such an extent without businesses collapsing and work being left undone. Half a year ago, no one would have thought that states would support their people and companies financially to such an extent (at least in some countries). Half a year ago, no one had probably fully realised really how easily we can get in touch with people via online platforms.

It is my hope that this year will become the stepping stone for several central changes.

Universal basic income

Discussions on how to avoid people exploiting such a systems might still need to be had, but considering the people I know who currently are unable to work and consequently are going crazy with boredom and meaninglessness, I doubt many people would. Instead it would foster more creativity, innovation and enterprise. We are hardwired for purpose. Inactivity might be attractive for a while, but at some point our boredom and restlessness will get most of us active. At least that is my experience and my strong belief.

Geographic Flexibility

As a consequence of this, offers like AirBnB, shared-living and circular economy will probably experience a dramatic increase if we stop being bound to a certain place. Why invest in tons of furniture for an apartment where you will live for a year if you can just rent the stuff for the short period you’ll be living a certain place? Or maybe we will soon be able to 3D-print what we need from materials that we can decompose into the components needed for new printables.

Lifelong Learning

The Future starts Now

Passionate imperfectionist, life artist, human.