We can’t predict the future. But we can try. And if we try hard enough, we may be better prepared for it.

The National Intelligence Council’s report on “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” tries very hard to predict the major global trends for the next 15 – 20 years.  Watch Thomas Fingar, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, discuss the report at the Atlantic Council.

It predicts the Economic Rise of the East and an unprecedented growth of the global middle class:

“Over the next several decades the number of people considered to be in the ‘global middle class’ is projected to swell from 440 million to 1.2 billion or from 7.6 percent of the world’s population to 16.1 percent.”

This is great news for many reasons. The further decline of hunger and poverty around the world is very likely to be accompanied by further liberalization and democratization in many countries. But, again, we can’t predict the future. So let’s try very hard to make it a better one!