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Society

  1. 1. Social Systems Foresight
  2. 2. Population <ul><li>There are four main races of people: </li></ul><ul><li>Congoid </li></ul><ul><li>Caucasoid </li></ul><ul><li>Mongoloid </li></ul><ul><li>Australoid </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>One billion in 1800 </li></ul><ul><li>Six billion in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Nine billion by 2050 </li></ul><ul><li>3,500 new humans every 20 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Global migration </li></ul><ul><li>Life Extension </li></ul>Population
  4. 4. <ul><li>There are ten cities with a population of over 20 million people </li></ul>Population
  5. 5. <ul><li>While parts of the world are over-populated, parts of Africa are losing population at an alarming rate </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AIDS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>War </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Famine... </li></ul></ul></ul>Population
  6. 6. Communication <ul><li>The ability to communicate symbolically distinguishes us from other animals </li></ul><ul><li>Progress in communications brings us all closer </li></ul>
  7. 7. Communication <ul><li>Communication is the glue that holds us together </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe that’s why we keep inventing new ways to communicate </li></ul>
  8. 8. Communication <ul><li>Communications technology plays a growing role in all human relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Many marriages result from online chat rooms and dating services </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sex <ul><li>The role of women has changed dramatically in the past generation </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Women have moved up the corporate ladder </li></ul><ul><li>Many still perceive a ‘glass ceiling’ </li></ul>Sex
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage” </li></ul><ul><li>Now the cart usually goes before the horse </li></ul>Sex
  12. 12. <ul><li>We have choices: </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage is an option </li></ul><ul><li>Having children is an option </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual orientation is an option </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce is an option </li></ul>Sex
  13. 13. Family <ul><li>Today’s family looks a lot different from our great grandparent’s family </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear family </li></ul><ul><li>Single parents </li></ul><ul><li>DINKs </li></ul><ul><li>Gay/Lesbian </li></ul>
  14. 14. Age <ul><li>As a nation becomes more prosperous its birth rate declines </li></ul><ul><li>In Russia, there are now as many abortions as births </li></ul>
  15. 15. Age <ul><li>“ Kids aren’t kids anymore” </li></ul><ul><li>Youth are very involved in organized programs </li></ul><ul><li>Casual free time is often spent passively in front of a TV or computer with few friends </li></ul>
  16. 16. Age <ul><li>Graduates from high school still have difficulty identifying more than a dozen occupations </li></ul><ul><li>There are more choices than ever </li></ul>
  17. 17. Age <ul><li>In North America the Baby-Boom generation is beginning to approach 60 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>The needs and interests of people 45 to 60 are different from those 20 to 45 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Diversity <ul><li>Much progress has been made in breaking down old stereotypes and prejudices </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal instincts still kick in when under stress of perceived threats </li></ul>
  19. 19. Diversity <ul><li>With global migration on the increase the mix (or blend) of races, ethnicities, religions, and value and belief systems is growing. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Diversity <ul><li>International trade, foreign credentials, the brain drain... </li></ul><ul><li>If diversity is well managed and appreciated, we can learn a lot about the world. </li></ul><ul><li>We can all win. </li></ul>

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