society in 2050

In the Netherlands there are lots of neighborhoods with a shopping strip meant to be locally orientated. These shopping strips often are built in the  1950’s and 1960’s and lost functionality through changes in society(which is not strange after 50-70 years). New things as online shopping, sustainability, more parking spots, scale up of store sizes, environmental issues and legislation, and so on make these strips ready for a new life. How these strips can change is something I am doing a little research on at the moment.

To start my research I wanted to look where we are going in the future, and which trends we can see today. With this we might get a reasonable guess what we can expect and think of a good concept to improve this local shopping strips and give people a boost into the future.

Where we want to go I looked up at the site of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, but you could find it anywhere. In a nutshell, that outcome would be a planet of around 9 billion people, all living well – with enough food, clean water, sanitation, shelter, mobility, education and health to make for wellness – within the limits of what this small, fragile planet can supply and renew, every day.

Well, that is a very general statement, now back to human scale and how to get there. First of all, I think we have to look at some recent trends which might be leading us into the future.

TREND 1: traditional company concepts are no longer guarantee for success. What we see lately is that crafts become more important (again). It is a general reaction to the digitizing and scale growth in the world. Not only quantity and cheapness should be measured, but look for quality, craftsmanship,  genuineness and authenticity. That this often works with fair trade, use of local products, awareness of local situation and therefore is sustainable is a nice extra. 

TREND 2: people get more and more dependent on the local community / network. Social facilities and providings from national or local government are cut back and one has to rely on his/her family or neighbors.

TREND 3: we still have to hold the torch for enabling good education for everyone. Education is getting more and more expensive, and with that not available for everyone.

TREND 4: care is moving from hospitals to homes, where insurance companies pay only for cure, and hospitals do have to work as commercial companies.

TREND 5: Let us not forget those people who are not connected to internet and/or do not have a computer. They are with many.

TREND 6: globalization, social media, home automation, robotics, leads to other ways of living.

TREND 7: we are running out of traditional resources for energy.

As this is a research topic, more posts on this topic will be published in the future. any comment/ thoughts are welcome at this moment!
tnx in advance!
Ben

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