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Culture: Digital Natives, Civil Spaces

A new youth media literacy is emerging. As the authors of cultural products, today’s young people are driving a rapid expansion of participative media—as well as a shift in the authority of authors. While this new literacy demands more personal skills in both producing media and evaluating them critically, it is also enabling more collaborative and commons-based forms of civic engagement.

Politics: Participatory Panopticon

Participatory panopticon is a world in which we record our lives as well as the lives of those around us. Where everything is potentially on the record, often from multiple perspectives; not only is privacy a thing of the past but potentially secrecy as well. Such a world isn’t necessarily intentional; instead, it’s the emergent result of individually reasonable technological and social choices, choices we have made, and are continuing to make today.

Finance: Intangible Reforms

Many influential investors, seeking improved ways of detecting undervalued companies, have identified intangible assets as the ultimate creators of future value. New tools have emerged for quantifying these alternative capitals. Think about the increase in companies incorporating corporate social responsibility (CSR) metrics into their public communications. Natural and social catastrophes will be in the forefront of driving stronger alternative capitals. As we become more aware of the increasing uncertainty and vulnerability of the following years, we will look at intellectual and/or social capital as drivers for protecting our surroundings.

Economics: Ecoscience in the Marketplace

Science and commerce have long been intertwined. From the 17th century, when Isaac Newton was pioneering mathematics and physics while serving as Master of the Mint, to today, when academics-turned-entrepreneurs are familiar figures in high-tech regions, science has been a resource ad influence on economies and industry.

Over the next few decades, ecoscience will help make the business case for saving the planet.

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