Various regions and peoples of the world – e.g., Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Native peoples – have evolved differing value systems and perspectives that influence nearly all aspects of everyday life. These aspects extend from work-leisure balance and leisure activities to the social contract, relationships with nature, the pace of life, sources of identity (individual or group), notions of prosperity, the ways in which leaders emerge – and yes, even planning horizons as well as perspectives on the “future” and approaches to meeting its challenges.
What’s different today is the growing pace and extent of cross-cultural action and its potential to “export” and “import” value systems and lifestyles, possibly at the expense of others.
1. As the world’s cultures interact, how might cultures influence work-leisure balances and otherwise influence how people live, work, think, identify, and relate within the next decade?
2. How might the cultures of the G-8 nations rapidly draw more effectively on the cultures of the least advanced countries – and vice versa – to best improve the future-focused reform efforts of all?