It was easy for Merlin to see into the future. He had his mystical powers. But predicting the future today takes more then looking into a crystal ball or reading tea leaves.

No one knows that better than the World Future Society. As their CEO Tom Mack says, “Futurists do not claim to be able to predict the future. So much of what will happen in the future depends on what we humans decide to do. The main purpose of studying the future is to look at what may happen if present trends continue, decide if this is what is desirable and if it’s not, work to change it. Knowing the trends can empower you for effective action”.

Each year The World Future Society comes out with its predictions for the next 25 years. The list this year is an interesting combination of environmental, technological and economic forecasts, many of which can and will directly affect ageing services. And even though WFS writes these predictions through a US lens, the predictions can be universally applied.

Here’s the list. More discussion is available at the World Future Society Web site.

Forecasts for the Next 25 Years.

  1. Generation Y will migrate heavily overseas.
  2. Dwindling supplies of water in China will impact the global economy.
  3. Workers will increasingly choose more time over more money.
  4. We’ll incorporate wireless technology into our thought processing by 2030.
  5. Children’s ‘natural deficit disorder’ will grow as a health threat.
  6. Outlook for Asia: China for the short term, India for the long term.
  7. The robotic workforce will change how bosses value employees.
  8. The costs of global-warming-related disasters will reach US$150 billion per year.
  9. Companies will see the age range of their workers span four generations.
  10. A rise of disabled Americans will strain public transportation systems.

I love to read about predictions for the future. Some can be a little scary and others worth looking forward to. I’ll let you decide what you think of these.