The following is a summary of an article published on GX.ae, a global government services excellence portal launched by the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.
The Government in 2071 Guidebook evaluates global trends and their impact on the future of government through the next 50 years. The purpose of the Guidebook is to inform and inspire policymakers, government strategists, business leaders, and civil society worldwide to start planning for the dramatic shifts governments will be facing through the next 50 years.
The overall approach to the Guidebook entailed developing a plausible best-case scenario of innovation megatrends in the future and then assessing their impact on government functions and policy. Based on the impact assessment, an initial action plan for governments is proposed to kick-start their 2071 future strategy.
Macro-megatrends, led by automation, robotics, and climate change, are impacting humanity. These megatrends are posing to exponentially challenge our very existence, while also providing incredible possibilities for development.
Three distinct eras of innovation development are defined in the Guidebook, the “Digital Connectivity Era” (2018-2030); the “New Exploration Era” (2030-2050); and the “TechnoHumanitarian Era” (2050-2071). For each era an impact assessment on future government functions and stakeholder interactions for governments are discussed at a high level, focusing on the best plausible innovation outcomes trajectory. Finally, recommendations for governments to begin planning for the future are presented. In subsequent editions of the Guidebook, it is intended to provide customizable tools — allowing individual governments to evaluate the details of various specific scenarios, based on their unique conditions, and model the resultant impact on their nation and citizenry.
Infographic: Societal Megatrends through 2071