The online version of The Observer (an information outlet from the UK) offers 20 predictions for the next 25 years . This is essentially a collection of 20 short articles which look into the future of all sorts of things. These don’t feel like crystal-ball gazing, but there is a good bit of the limited-perspective guess going on. The accuracy of these predictions is not dependent on the specifics so much as the trajectory.
I think this first one is right on.
FROM “Geopolitics: ‘Rivals will take greater risks against the US’ —
Not really a stretch to say that China will play an increasingly important role in the world. Still, we need to get used to this idea and see it in terms of the opportunities instead of just the threats.
This next one brings some new-to-me thinking that got my attention and makes sense. I’ve started to wonder recently when we will all grow too weary of the constant high-pitched whine of advertising and product marketing. Did you know about this generic packaging discussion? Interesting idea.
FROM “Advertising: ‘All sorts of things will just be sold in plain packages’–
I’m not a gamer myself, but I have a lot of friends/colleagues who are. I’d not thought about all the good that could come from it beyond some of the most obvious things. In some ways I find this exciting. The phenomenon of cooperative game v. competitive game is fascinating. I know it speaks more to my own wiring.
I suppose there are these types of forward-peering articles at the turn of each new year. So, am I paying more attention because I’m older? I am certainly asking myself with greater urgency what all of it means for the Church and for Wycliffe. What can…what MUST we be doing now to remain relevant through the changes?
One thing it tells me is that our future leaders much have a greater capacity for change than we do–even though I think we have a greater capacity for it than those who have gone before us. We probably can’t teach these emerging leaders those skills because they were practically born ahead of us in this part of the game. We can, however, pass on values if we can get the essential, eternal values untwisted from our non-essential, time-bound, situational values. There’s a good challenge for a new year.