Open Future Image 21st Century Progressive Agenda
This is a one page printable worksheet. There are some ideas here that you need to select and comment on. Do that in your own way. There are no right and wrong answers. The process of doing some real work on this may lead you to see for the first time some surprising new ideas. Give it a try.

What are the Problems we Face?

That depends what you think is important. Here are some suggestions. You choose.

Nine Planetary Boundaries

Atmospheric greenhouse gases Ocean Acidification Chemical Pollution Stratospheric Ozone Loss of Bio-diversity Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution Land use change Excessive freshwater use Climate change

A Political and Economic View of our Needs

Wage flexibility Changes in taxation Climate change New International currency Peak oil Avoiding famine Business investment Strong political leadership CEO salaries Innovation Regulation of corporate power Improved company law More International trade Develop Nuclear Power Small business development Add your own


Eight Transitions Chosen by James Gustave Speth

A smaller world population Using environmentally benign technologies.Environmentally honest prices.A new culture of "consciousness".Knowledge and learning for everyone.Consumption restricted to sustainable levels.Excellence in government.Freedom from mass poverty.

12 Transitions chosen by Open Future

Community Consumption Governance Knowledge Paradigm Shift Population Poverty and Justice Right Prices Unsustainability Technology Changing the Dream A Thriving World

Which of the above are important to you?

Note that the key issues now seem to be "everywhere" and not confined to single countries. Globalisation is a fact we have to deal with.

What do we need to accomplish in the next 50 years?





Our grandchildren need a sustainable world. What needs to change in the next 20 years?

Pick out ten of the items above, which are causing the problems we now have. Given our new knowledge today, what are the immediate challenges facing us?













Your comment on this topic is welcomed.