The Future of Humanity

In September this year the Sustainable Development Goals were approved with the ambition to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity, yet headlines this year have been dominated by humanitarian crises, geopolitics and natural disasters. In this context Patricio Oportus Romero’s recent paper “To the construction of the future of Humanity” provides a poignant exploration of the future and what needs to be done to protect it.

In his paper, Patricio explores six main themes that are shaping humanity’s future – global megatrends, health, mining, smart cities, society and the new (rupturist) state. He argues that, if we are to meet 21st Century challenges, public service and the state must transform from bureaucratic institutions into to modern structures. They must innovate, adopt new management models that incorporate automation, systems thinking and new efficiencies, while protecting the needs and happiness of citizens and the planet.

“No matter the size of government; what really matters is their effectiveness and quality of their work, understanding this in the broadest sense of the word.”

Patricio recommends that governments develop a holistic, resilient and forward-looking vision if they are move towards sustainable development. Analysis and modelling of complexity represents a way to do this, as he outlines in Modernisation of world class public organisations for the 21st Century: proposal of a model of development (Spanish) and his presentation on the Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean. He believes Latin America in particular needs to consolidate democracy and governance to achieve growth, reduce poverty and promote social inclusion.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) play a central role in this vision and importantly the need to balance production and consumption, the rapid progress of science and technology and the creation of new products and services to achieve global prosperity.

In Challenges for Lation America and the Caribbean: New Global Tends, Prospective and Innovation, Part 2 Patricio highlights particular STI developments that are driving complexity in different Latin American Countries (for instance in Puerto Rico “biomarkers”; in Brazil “underwater exploration of oil”).

Finally, some highlights from his views on what awaits us in the future:

  • Health: Solutions to diseases classified as catastrophic clinically -high-solving, achieving greater longevity revolution of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of new drugs, less invasive procedures and a deeper knowledge of DNA, the spectacular development of neuroscience, etc.
  • Transportation: Autonomous vehicles, high speed trains (levitation); which results in a significant decrease in travel times; as well as traffic accidents will be reduced drastically.
  • Environment: Green everything: certification, taxes, production and consumer friendly environment.
  • Energy and water, there will be greater production and consumption of renewable energy it will be the usual water consumption -osmosis reverse or sea water desalination for humanconsumption, etc.
  • The worker will have a shorter workday, dominated by professionals and technicians adopting several professions, proliferation of services, teleworking and multifunctionality.
  • The citizen will be more empowered, informed and aware of their rights and obligations.

Read more:
To the construction of the future of Humanity by Patricio Oportus Romero

Modernisation of world class public organisations for the 21st Century: proposal of a model of development (Spanish)

Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean: New Global Trends, Prospective and Innovation Presentation to the United Nations, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (English)

Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean: New Global Tends, Prospective and Innovation, Part 2 Presentation (English)

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