It is easy to believe that the future is a consequence of a number of external driving forces. Just for the overview we can collect them under the headlines Social factors (soc), Technological factors (tech), Economical Factors (econ), Ecological Factors (ecol) and Political Factors (pol).
If we describe it as a mathematical function for how the society of tomorrow (SofT) will turn it might look like this
SofT = f(soc, tech, econ, ecol, pol)
Unfortunately this is completely misguided and even completely wrong. The most important parameter is missing: our own approach to what is unfolding. Our approach will frame how we see what is happening, how we react to it, which choices we make and will consequently have more impact on the future than all the other factors.
If our approach is A the mathematical function really looks like:
SofT = A * f(soc, tech, econ, ecol, pol)
And herein lies the greatest challenge. We need to have more conversations about what we want with our societies and organizations. Especially in complex and transformative times our own approach and our choices is what will have the greatest ramification on our future.