Peter Grant Johnson, Chris Rezendes, Stewart Skomra, Carrie van Heyst: THE FUTURE OF LIFE As Envisioned, January 2013

At this point in time, we believe that people have achieved a great deal of progress with our investment of time, talent, and capital. And we can do so much more for so many more people. Not charity, but tools and training to enable people to create more meaning. And along the way, more markets for more meaningful experiences, more profitable pursuits.

We revere so much of what our grandparents and their forebears achieved. However, nostalgic reverence will not honor these achievements, advancing the human experience will. We have a once-in-a-century opportunity to impact the Future of Life on earth. We need a new leadership to define where we are going, and how to get there.

We need new vision, perspective, plans. We need new tools and methods. We need new metrics.

In 2015, we will have more than 5 billion cell phones on the planet. What will we do with them? Play games? Selfies? Monitor our health? Monitor others’ health? Augment classrooms? Achieve food security? Redress natural resource, energy and security policies?
End gender inequality?

In 2020 perhaps 3 billion people will have mobile accounts, public profiles, presence on social networks. What will we do with them? Will we play Mafia Wars? Farmville? Exchange ideas, goods and services. Create a billion microbusinesses?

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