GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Global Trends 2030: Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World


By 2030, the information revolution will likely cover the entire planet. This revolution will empower citizens, including a large and growing global middle class.  It can therefore be assumed that the citizens of 2030 will want a greater say in their future than previous generations. They are likely to be more aware of the threats they face together, and that they are part of a single human community in a highly interconnected world. But the emergence of a global public is also bound to generate increased expectations. This “gap” between what citizens want from their national governments and what these governments are able to deliver may become a source of friction, conflict and even revolt.