This is a pivotal time in our history. On the global scale it is a time of great uncertainty and change. Science and modern developments point to extraordinary and wonderful opportunities, but there are flip side risks to some of these developments. Anyone who questions this point should read Al Gore’s latest book ‘The Future’. Whilst not everyone’s favourite, even as one Gore critic admiringly put it, it is a compelling read, and if only 20% turns out to be true…..
Zoom in on Great Britain and we find further layers of uncertainty and challenges. Will we remain a United Kingdom? Will we be a major player in Europe – in or out of what sort of European Union? Will our economic recovery turn into an enduring sustainable period of growth? Will we be at ease with our new 21st century identity both at home and abroad? How will changes in climate affect our villages and cities?