Entering the new year 2012: 4 themes via Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra at Futurist.com is a good friend and colleague in TheFuturesAgency. In this blog post he mentions 4 key topics for 2012 and they are very much on my agenda for this year as well. Stay tuned (to both of us;)Entering the new year 2012 :: Futurist.com: Futurist Speaker Glen Hiemstra

How the rich-poor gap issue in the U.S. and the world will play out this year. Interestingly the Greek historian and biographer Plutarch, who lived from 46-120 AD once made this observation, “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Unfortunately, so far the dynamic seems to be mostly that the severely wealthy interpret the current political climate as an attack on them, rather than as a call to re-ignite a system that builds the middle class and lifts up the poor.
Energy and politics. Last year I forecast that 2011 would be a year in which it would become clear whether we’ve hit peak oil, or not. If it did become clear, the evidence is that we have not hit peak oil. Yet, one must wonder whether all the industry hype about shale plays in gas and oil really mean that a new era of abundance is here, or whether this will turn out to be more hype than reality. A whole lot of public policy and global economic implications are at stake.

(via Instapaper)

Gerd Leonhard
CEO www.thefuturesagency.com 

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