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Disintermediation

In 2030, networked individuals organise to make redundant the representative middle-men currently running politics, information, education and welfare systems.

ICT networks provide the means for people to share knowledge, to get real-time awareness about other people's actions and environmental conditions, and to collectively take actions in responsible and sustainability-aware manners. New forms of smart-sourcing allow to dynamically define communities of competent people who can take sensible decisions in regard to pressing societal problems. Citizens can have direct access to the information and education which is relevant, and collectively organise to provide social services in innovative and more efficient decentralised and collective manners.

The groups that come together are able to resolve the policy dilemmas which fuel public cynicism during the 10ies. New ways of organising these activities evolve within states, or whatever the unit may be at that time.

As internal governance becomes less dysfunctional, there is more capacity to concentrate on the task of co-ordinating among states on important international questions such as availability and management of increasingly scarce resources like water or energy, which could otherwise escalate to conflict.  

Increasing collective awareness of other people's actions and cultures is also solving conflicts thriving on lack of communication and on fundamentalist religious principles

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2030
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