In a recent post on What to Expect in 2019, I launched three focus areas for the coming year. This focus attempts to identify the key drivers of change and the outcomes they enable. The three areas are:
- Convergence is one of the key dynamics I expect/hope to see more of this year. A century ago, convergence across multiple domains ushered in unprecedented advancements in human development. Multiple forces will drive a similar level of convergence in the coming decade.
- The pace of innovation and change is often cited as a key difference between the next revolution and prior ones. This is one of the key catalysts driving change, and I expect it to Accelerate.
- I believe the world will experience a burst of Possibilities enabled by these forces of convergence and acceleration
To explore these themes, I launched a Poll focused on catalysts. A look at history is very instructive, as several dynamics from the past have the potential to emerge once again – the biggest being the opportunity for convergence. If we accept that the next two decades are likely to experience astounding levels of innovation, then this period requires actions and decisions that help shape our future. Convergence will be required across the same domains experienced years ago: science, technology, economy, business, politics, and society. Add to this list ethics and the environment. The challenge then is to manage a more complex level of global convergence in order to create a future that once again elevates our well-being – and this time on a global scale.
The question becomes: What catalysts force stakeholder actions that ultimately shape our emerging future? This is what the poll referenced above explores. The response has been great – and the insight fascinating. Here is preliminary look at the results.
I kicked the poll off with my own thoughts, and you can see where people ranked them via their votes. The other category sought to gain insight from the community – and they did not disappoint. This catalyst tag cloud captures the current responses in the other category. I intend to keep the Poll going for the next month, so please add your voice to the discussion.