Acceleration of Change
In this holistic shift in the structure of society and its relation to nature, all aspects of culture are evolving. Developments in each domain – values and knowledge, demography and social relations, economic and governance institutions, and technology and the environment – interact with changes in the others in an amplifying and accelerating global process. The threads of connectivity grow longer and denser: economic interdependence, far-flung cultural influence, earth-shrinking communications technology, geo-political entanglement, and environmental degradation. In the maelstrom of transition, the very coordinates through which history moves – time and space – seem altered. The rapid pace of change quickens historical time and the crystallizing global system expands social space to the scale of the planet. In a world flying blind toward a dubious future, we struggle to know what to think and how to act.