If I live to be 100

Assuming you die at age 100, what will be the biggest differences between the world you were born into and the world you leave?

Phil Bowermaster, a futurist from Denver, developed this video on the topic, with one of my friends in it, Peggy Cadigan of the New Jersey State Library.

Here’s how I hope the world will change:

Racism will cease to exist. And all the other isms as well. The reason why I think it could be so: we’re all getting so jumbled up in America already. Unknown generations after settlers came to America, we have many nationalities all mixed into Heinz 57.  And that’s better than plain old ketchup any old day. We’re stronger, more diverse, more flexible.

People will value the big idea. The reason why I think it could be so: we live in an information economy.  Wikinomics rule and big ideas that change lives can be used for the betterment of society.  We need to work collaboratively using the big ideas of the world to solve problems like world hunger, our dependence on the dinosaur, and global warming.

We will find cures for outrageous diseases and birth defects. The reason why I think it could be so: Physicians like Paul Farmer  and John Opitz and many more who work in the trenches day in and day out.

Here’s how I doubt it will change:

There are idiots everywhere and no one really knows the right buttons to push to make that better. Sometimes we just have to enjoy the journey.