Global Trends 2020

Fear of the Future

Manhattan prepares for “Working from home”

Increases in working from home, and other changes to office working patterns, pose significant threats to established business districts. One of the world’s busiest, Manhattan in New York, is bracing itself for future disruption if this ‘new normal’ means businesses consider reducing office space or creating less central locations – taking money away from landlords and local shops

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/nyregion/coronavirus-work-from-home.html

Stocking up on guns

“One store owner told BuzzFeed News sales of tactical gear have increased 100% since the outbreak started.”

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/its-not-just-food-and-hand-sanitizer-panicked-coronavirus

Panic buying loo roll

People have begun panic buying toilet roll, amid fears of supermarket shortages. In the UK this risks damaging the sewer systems as customers who are left without turn to kitchen roll or baby wipes.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/uks-sewage-system-in-danger-of-gridlock-from-toilet-paper-substitutes-coronavirus

Looking beyond the coronavirus: Do the signals indicate we can expect a transformation in the way we work?

You will be reading this anywhere but your office.  All aspects of life have been touched by the coronavirus pandemic, including the nature of work. But COVID-19 may only exacerbate already pronounced differences between white-collar and blue-collar industries.

Reactions to uncertainty and inequality

Despite continuing improvements in health and quality of life worldwide, anxiety about the future pervades in many countries. Seventy-eight per cent of people agree we live in an increasingly dangerous world and 52%

Can governments ever tell a compelling story?

Some of the key clashes of values in global trends concern globalisation and the role of the state. While on average most citizens see globalisation as a benefit to

Media’s missing middle

The world is full of geopolitical tension, but globally societies are moving in a liberal direction on LGBT rights, with seven in ten agreeing that gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life