The five crises that have emerged – economic, energy, ecological, geopolitical and generational – took root a long time ago, but few decision makers observed or felt their emergence. Like tectonic plates, these crises are manifestations of background movements that we did not know how to see.
They are the result of factors which follow one another like arranged dominoes which fall by training each other (see below). Every time a domino falls, the situation gets worse. Whene enough dominoes fall, the result is a crisis.
Crisis of confidence
- There is no fair distribution of wealth; 15% of people are well-off and 85% suffer.
- Indignant citizens take the floor.
- But they are not listened to by leaders who think their authority is being challenged.
- Discouraged, citizens become less and less involved in the electoral process.
- There is a deep crisis of confidence.
Crisis of Governance
- All digital integrates traditional media with computer networks and NICTs.
- Internet 2 becomes the global public square.
- Civic speeches, expressing their indignation and anger, borrow this global electronic channel.
- They are, however, faced with a refusal to listen because the elites do not want to lose their privileges; The citizens then believe that they are not respected.
- The emergence of a major governance crisis.
Economic crises (labor)
- Information becomes the vector of the knowledge society.
- There is so much that a funnel is created : Big Data
- It becomes the theater of a data war.
- To work, each individual must acquire digital literacy.
- Without this training, there will soon be a serious shortage of skilled labor.
- The economic crisis is growing.
Economic crises (communication)
- Our economic presence on the Web is diluted (as is our culture, on which our continuity as a distinct nation depends)
- Our local economic crises are amplified .
Energy and ecological crises
- The business model requires unlimited profits.
- There is looting of the resources of the countries of the South.
- The costs of their extraction and transport from the South to the North are becoming too expensive.
- Their exploitation leads to ecological pollution (rivers, forests not replaced, etc.).
- Agri-food crises, water, oil, gas, potash (for agriculture), etc. The peaks will soon be reached.
- Not enough investment in solar, wind, biomass, etc.
- We face many energy and ecological crises, which become exponential. It is likely that we only have 10 years before us before reaching the inevitable – collapse of some sort or other.
- With the current oligarchies in place, there is no global governance (other than at the economic level).
- The UN is less and less involved in decision-making and is unable to meet its obligations on the ground.
- The rise of regional crises is amplified because territories are expanding and/or contracting.
- Geopolitical crises are becoming increasingly intractable; our political world is already on its knees.
- Elders find that youth have no culture. They reproach them for not consulting them when decisions concern their future.
- 80% of young people are inveterate Internet users.
- Proliferation of smart phones and tablets.
- These tools use a strong current of personalization that claims to be a bulwark against solitude.
- The concentration on “ME” could prevent this generation from participating in projects involving “WE”.
- An important and powerful generational crisis is on the horizon.