Bring on the roaring twenties! By that, of course, we mean a decade of roaring at one another on social media. Will the 2020s be a bit less angry than the 2010s? Can divisions be healed and people finally come together? Or is the polarisation of politics here to stay?
It could be a fresh start for Europe. We have a new European Parliament, a new European Commission, and new presidents of the European Council and the European Central Bank (ECB). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a new chief. The Brexit process has been “rebooted” with a stronger and more stable UK government.
Or it could be more of the same, only worse. The root causes of popular anger have not gone away. Inequality is increasing, job security is decreasing, and the global economy’s luck must surely run out eventually. Global cooperation on tackling climate change has seemingly stalled. New disruptive technologies, such as machine learning and automation, will continue to disrupt.
In the summer, Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics and Europe will go football mad for UEFA Euro 2020. In the fall, Donald Trump is up for reelection, the COP 26 UN climate summit will take place in Scotland, and Brexit is (for real this time) due by the end of the year.
What will 2020 bring? What do you hope to see happen over the coming decade? Will the twenties be less angry than the 2010s? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reaction!