There have been many changes in the United States and around the world in 2006 and even larger changes expected in 2007. With the closing of 2006, some other trends are appearing from such watchers as The Trends Journal.
Some believe that China will weigh in as the worlds economic heavyweight and a major military contender long before the century ends. China is beginning to take on more American characteristics. While still a totalitarian regime, Chinas focus has shifted from enslavement to entrepreneurship.
#2 Changes in Representation
Citizens are demanding that their government find higher moral ground, their representatives improve their conduct, and their nation raise the bar of ethical standards. While it is not yet known whether those elected will follow through with campaign promises, it is clear that the power shifted parties in the Congress after the 2006 election.
#3 The Middle-East
The US has admitted that it has taken some blows in the fight to stop civil unrest in Iraq and that we have some challenges to face in 2007 in order to succeed in our objectives.
#4 Immigration Backlash
The United States, as well as several European countries, saw immigration battles and struggles in 2006 as countries and its citizens tried to control who was entering their borders and through what methods.
#5 Alternative Energy Movement
With the cost of oil rising considerably in 2006, industry and financers turned their focus to investigating and improving upon the ability to use solar, wind, hydrino power, charged clusters, permanent magnets, and cold fusion as alternatives to oil. It is expected that this focus will continue.
#6 Medical Tourism
As consumers became more conscious of the costs of healthcare on their pocketbook and premiums, they are going to new steps to find the best medical treatments at the best prices, even if they have to leave their home country to locate it and generating a new industry called medical tourism. This industry is now being marketed to consumers by countries that believe they have quality and low-cost services to offer.
#7 Old School is Cool
Americans are finding the present society lacking in many areas and are now turning to values and qualities from the past to spark the American Spirit again.
#8 The Internet Candidate
It is likely that much of the battles and campaigning for the 2008 presidential election will occur over the Internet. Television and radio ratings are down, while the use of the internet is growing thanks to advances in broadband access, multiple generations using computers to share information, and the advantages of low-cost or free advertising that reaches a much larger and varied audience.
Again, thanks to the Internet, people with common beliefs, values and interests are able to unite around the world and share information, ideologies and resources with each other. It is expected that this will continue to expand into even more online communities and social networking.
#10 America the Beautiful
Citizens in countries around the world are beginning to change their mind about the typical ugly American and are once again recognizing the values and reasons that our country was founded and has continued to succeed and grow. While perceptions are not all positive, it is expected that this new feeling will continue to grow.Adapted from the Winter 2007 issue of The Trends Journal