Looking forward into the New Year, here are but a few salient predictions and breaking trends to look out for in the coming year.
In last year’s Trends and Predictions for 2020, we identified a number of important moves in the political, geopolitical, and financial worlds, but some of these ended up being affected in one way or another by the emergence of an epic black swan – ‘the pandemic’ – which took the world by storm in February and March. The COVID crisis certainly created a speed bump for two of our 2020 predictions: Trump’s economic success and certain re-election, and also the surging global protest movement – both of which were gaining momentum in late 2019. Some will argue this was more than a mere coincidence, but we’ll leave that one for the Conspiracy Realists. As we now know, ‘the pandemic’ has opened up a whole new Pandora’s box of possibilities going forward, joyously referred as the New Normal.
Presently, all the indicators are showing that 2021 will be a continuation of that parallel universe inertia of 2020: more new and strange realities will come to the fore, as the new year takes us ‘out of the frying pan’ and into the fire – of what is looking increasingly like an embryonic brave new world.
So here is some of the good, the bad, but mostly ugly for 2021…INTO THE FIRE: 2021 Trends and Predictions from 21WIRE