Imagining 2030 (Continuación)

Imagining 2030 is a serie in which PS21 writers describe the world as they see it in 14 years time.

Expectations that the processes of globalization were knitting the nations of the world into a more coherent and stable international community were dashed by a series of shocks in the late 2010s and the 2020s. Fragile “just in time” supply chains for raw materials and finished goods experienced major disruptions due to a resurgence of terrorist activity and piracy which targeted vulnerable points of infrastructure and key “choke points” in the global commons. New pandemics and migrant flows caused many countries to restore barriers to free movement or to attempt to cut out or quarantine parts of the world from the international economic system.…  Seguir leyendo »

Imagining 2030 is a serie in which PS21 writers describe the world as they see it in 14 years time.

“Red alert: Hazardous smogpocalypse engulfs Beijing”. Angel investor Peng Bo reads the latest Alibaba News Inc. headlines on his Chinese smartphone Gionee in New York City. Just like Huawei and Xiaomi, the Shenzhen–based mobile phone maker has outpaced Apple and Samsung and is rapidly conquering the wireless world well beyond Asia.

It’s anno 2030. The world’s biggest economy China has overtaken the United States a few years ago. The dominance of Western media organizations, such as Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press, Agence France-Press, and the likes, has been broken by the country’s first private global news agency: Alibaba News Inc.…  Seguir leyendo »

Imagining 2030 A Walk Through Heathrow

Introducing the first piece in our Imagining 2030 series in which PS21 writers describe the world as they see it in 14 years time. 

“You know, they said when we left the EU it would kill all this,” grumbled the taxi driver as we edged our way around the seven-lane M25 towards London Heathrow. “It bloody hasn’t. It’s still a bloody nightmare.”

I did feel a stab of sympathy for him, and not just for the traffic. As he picked me up from my hotel, he was at pains to point out that while he was driving a hybrid biofuel/battery car now, he had qualified as a “proper London taxi driver” barely 15 years earlier.…  Seguir leyendo »