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Stephen Downes

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You have to love the diagram. What about the 'mega-trends' represented? "The mega-trends are: global connectivity, anxiety, volatility, uncertainty, debt, power shift eastwards, aging, GRIN technologies, digitalisation, climate change and sustainability." Forget things like aging, anxiety and volatility - these are properties of only a few (western, industrialized) countries. Forget things like debt and power shifts; we will all have to face worldwide shortages of food, resources and energy against a backdrop of potentially catastrophic climate change. New technologies will help, but in order to address these issues we will have to each of us become a lot smarter, because the solutions will necessarily be distributed solutions. Becoming smarter, however, depends on resolving inequity and addressing poverty - which will mean forcing those who have taken it to return the wealth they have extracted from society. A tall order.

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