When we look at the future we imagine it in terms of technologic advances. Only a limited perspective can propose changes in our societies like the appearance of new gadgets. More or less since the time when Jules Verne published his novels at the dawn of the 20th century, and carriages were gradually replaced by Ford T’s, man has been waiting for flying cars, eternal youth and other panaceas that are yet to come.

While we create the future, we must think beyond these parameters and consider other factors that will also shape it. Accepting this commitment is embarking on a personal mission to create a better future for ourselves and for others, which is why it is crucial to consider some determining factors in the coming decades of our lives and the 21st century. We can feel excited and take advantage of what our technological era offers, such as intelligent phones transformed into portable offices and 3D printers, but if we wish to see the future we must wish far and beyond.

Global Warming

The indiscriminate consumption of hydrocarbon and the degree of pollution we have taken our seas and natural reserves to, are starting to influence legislations in countries around the world, with the intention of preserving the environment. The environmental cause, however, should be assumed personally by the warriors of the future: those who know that the world we make today is the world we shall inherit tomorrow.

Demographic Growth

We create products and services for people —not for robots, not for imaginary entities, but for real and concrete people, with problems and hopes as well as expectations. In this moment (and actually, every moment) there are more human beings on earth than ever before. How will the means of production be affected by a constantly growing market? What are the necessary measures we should anticipate in terms of a global and multicultural audience?

Social Changes

We had not witnessed as many discussions surrounding the subject of social integration since the 1960s: sexual differences, gender issues; the recognition of civil rights for the LGBT community and native people, as well as the politicization of the middle class and theological debates about coffee let us know the changes that people looking to shape the future should take into account.

Changes in the Economy and City

The greater part of the planet’s population lives in rural zones, however road construction and infrastructure, as well as the more and more ubiquitous presence of the Internet will make political borders a mere political detail, where information can freely be accessed through electronic devices. What changes will we have to make in order to satisfy the demands of cities, increasingly connected and with more specific needs?

Art and Culture

The expression of a global culture is an important way of measuring change: whether it is thought of as the inner workings of a gallery or a Hollywood film, it is not uncommon to find artistic and cultural expression in places that are increasingly further away from our point of origin. Are we ready to have conversations relating to Asian films, about the latest plastic arts tendencies in South Africa or the theatre made and performed on the streets of Argentina and Brazil?

When we look at the future we imagine it in terms of technologic advances. Only a limited perspective can propose changes in our societies like the appearance of new gadgets. More or less since the time when Jules Verne published his novels at the dawn of the 20th century, and carriages were gradually replaced by Ford T’s, man has been waiting for flying cars, eternal youth and other panaceas that are yet to come.

While we create the future, we must think beyond these parameters and consider other factors that will also shape it. Accepting this commitment is embarking on a personal mission to create a better future for ourselves and for others, which is why it is crucial to consider some determining factors in the coming decades of our lives and the 21st century. We can feel excited and take advantage of what our technological era offers, such as intelligent phones transformed into portable offices and 3D printers, but if we wish to see the future we must wish far and beyond.

Global Warming

The indiscriminate consumption of hydrocarbon and the degree of pollution we have taken our seas and natural reserves to, are starting to influence legislations in countries around the world, with the intention of preserving the environment. The environmental cause, however, should be assumed personally by the warriors of the future: those who know that the world we make today is the world we shall inherit tomorrow.

Demographic Growth

We create products and services for people —not for robots, not for imaginary entities, but for real and concrete people, with problems and hopes as well as expectations. In this moment (and actually, every moment) there are more human beings on earth than ever before. How will the means of production be affected by a constantly growing market? What are the necessary measures we should anticipate in terms of a global and multicultural audience?

Social Changes

We had not witnessed as many discussions surrounding the subject of social integration since the 1960s: sexual differences, gender issues; the recognition of civil rights for the LGBT community and native people, as well as the politicization of the middle class and theological debates about coffee let us know the changes that people looking to shape the future should take into account.

Changes in the Economy and City

The greater part of the planet’s population lives in rural zones, however road construction and infrastructure, as well as the more and more ubiquitous presence of the Internet will make political borders a mere political detail, where information can freely be accessed through electronic devices. What changes will we have to make in order to satisfy the demands of cities, increasingly connected and with more specific needs?

Art and Culture

The expression of a global culture is an important way of measuring change: whether it is thought of as the inner workings of a gallery or a Hollywood film, it is not uncommon to find artistic and cultural expression in places that are increasingly further away from our point of origin. Are we ready to have conversations relating to Asian films, about the latest plastic arts tendencies in South Africa or the theatre made and performed on the streets of Argentina and Brazil?

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