The future is not predetermined. There are inevitable trends: remote work, digitalization, biotechnology, the "washout" of the middle class, increased anxiety and health concerns. And there are variable trends. It means that both trends are well-defined, and we don't know which will win. Here are some examples:
- Globalization versus protectionism: on the one hand, globalization has gained strength, and the coronavirus knows no borders. On the other hand, we see closed borders, barbed wire, and no air traffic, and each country is fighting for itself.
- Social cohesion and social distance: on the one hand, we think about ourselves and the safety of our loved ones, and on the other hand, volunteering is growing, and we care about those at risk.
- Total surveillance and freedom: on the one hand, people are being monitored, and on the other hand, civil freedom is one of the biggest trends in recent years.
- More responsible consumption, because we are on the verge of an eco-catastrophy. At the same time, all central banks are flooding the planet with money that needs to be spent to launch the economy.
The world is at these forks, and we don't know how it will be. It is not governments, corporations, or secret societies that decide where the world will go, but each person makes their own small choices. And the choice of billions of people will determine which of these two tracks the world will take. Therefore, we have to be aware and understand that the choice of 1,000 people or one city will decide where the world will turn.