As 2018 gathers pace, it is worth examining the trends that may impact us all, over the years and decades to come. You can see how such trends may unfold, year by year, below. Please contact us for help in creating value from these trends.
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Asserting that money must connect to your soul, activist Lynne Twist sought the truth of her relationship with “scarcity” and “sufficiency” in a series of encounters with people at the extremes of poverty, wealth, fame and anonymity. She found inspiration and resistance in the scenarios she shares from her 50 years as a global activist and a fundraiser for the Hunger Project.
Once the five basic needs listed below are met, further affluence and accumulation of goods do not necessarily correlate with a higher quality of life.
Sweden fascinates, from its seemingly largely successful embracing of a political "third way", through to its national values of transparency, simplicity and a deep-rooted link to the country's rural roots which, I'm told, is still reflected in many people's surnames.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if there's a Swedish equivalent of kanyini and I'm also intrigued by lagom, another Swedish concept that resonates with me, as I am sure it would with many others who are striving towards gratitude and self-sufficiency. Could having just enough be "the new black?"
Against this background, a new lifestyle is reportedly quietly becoming popular in Japan. Some think this way of living, called the "Half-Farmer/Half-X" lifestyle, has the potential to significantly reduce or gradually solve these other problems, and to help the nation realise a more attractive and diverse future.
So should other countries currently suffering similar problems to Japan start to examine such a societal model, and what might they look like in 10, 20, 50 years time if they did?
At the same time, many are now not only imagining but also actively working towards "an economy designed to promote not unchecked growth, but a steady state of wellbeing", characterised by gratitude.
This was also effectively the central theme of a major social entrepreneurs' forum, which strove to create partnerships, networks, knowledge and collaborative pathways between the social, policy, academic and private sectors.
See also: Halcyon Sufficiency Headlines