Ai-jen PooDirector, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning organizer, social innovator, author, and a leading voice in the women’s movement. She is the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-director of Caring Across Generations, co-founder of SuperMajority and trustee of the Ford Foundation.
Who will run the world?
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Women, non-binary people, and men who are comfortable sharing power.
Which country will have the most powerful economy?
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Economic power across countries will be more evenly distributed. Our global economic future will be defined by long-term sustainability and more equitable trade agreements, where we’re working together rather than competing for dominance. Providing safety, shared prosperity, and well-being across nations to all the people of the world is how we will secure and build our economy.
What kinds of companies will be the most important?
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Companies that directly impact the way we are taking care of one another: physically and economically. In particular, companies that provide or help families find care—particularly elder care—and in general, companies that are committed to providing good jobs, with living wages and real economic opportunity.
What will cause the biggest conflicts?
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Climate change and migration.
How will people earn a living?
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People will provide in-person services that cannot be outsourced and are tough to automate, like care and education; these also happen to be low-carbon jobs. Jobs in clean energy, food, art, and entertainment will also continue to grow.
How will we communicate with each other?
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New technology will enable us to communicate with anyone, anywhere, as if we’re in their presence, and our communication will be more connective.
How will we entertain one another?
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We will continue to gather, often over food, in our homes and communities. On one level, this has never changed.
What will we eat?
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Less meat. More plants.
How will we die?
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With dignity. We will enjoy our final years in our homes and communities, surrounded by caring people who understand that aging and dying are a part of life. We won’t feel alone in that transition.
What will we wear?
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More used and locally made clothing. We will see more unique and expressive styles that celebrate our diversity!
How will we find love?
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Any way we can. This is what defines us as humans—we always find a way to find love.
What kinds of stories will we tell?
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We’ll have heroes, sheroes, and they-roes of all races, ages, abilities, and classes. We will celebrate superpowers that help people both honor our differences and understand our shared values and fate. And with more diverse protagonists, our stories will bring us closer together, rather than exclude those who haven’t been represented. And because people are living longer, we’ll have more time to tell stories.
How will we get information?
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From many different sources so that we don’t get trapped in an information silo and can learn from many different experiences of our reality.
What forms of transportation will we use?
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Public forms of transport. We will have state-of-the-art, accessible, and affordable public transport, including in rural areas, used by the vast majority of people.
What will cities be like?
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Cities will be living organisms, designed like interdependent ecosystems, with the intention to integrate—as opposed to segregate—residents across lines of race, class, and generation. They will be designed with an accessibility lens to allow for older people and people with disabilities to be much more mobile. They will be incentivized to address inequality; cities will compete over which offers the most opportunity for the most people.
What will our borders be like?
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Our border policy will be human-centered. It will be harder for drugs and corporations to cross borders—standards and restrictions that prevent corruption will be put in place. The process will reflect the reality that people have always migrated—and will always migrate—when they are forced to, so we will have a clear process for people to do so legally that maintains the dignity and well-being of migrants and their families. People who work at the border will understand their role as ambassadors for our diverse country.
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What will our most valuable resource be?
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Each other, and that will be evident in the way we care for one another.
What will the biggest change to our natural world be?
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A less extractive way of life for humans.
Will our world be more equal or less equal?
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More equal. For our survival, it has to.
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What’s your best prediction for the world in 50 years?
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The largest occupation in the US economy will be care jobs (professionals whose jobs are to provide care for the elderly and children). They will be sought-after, high-quality jobs that we value in an entirely new way, and we will look back at the times when care work was minimum-wage work as an inexplicable failing.