Forget fanciful, futuristic forecasts. Give more people the freedom to dream – and the future will take care of itself.
As much as I’d love to zoom around in a flying car or teleport to Barcelona for lunch, my dream for the next 100 years is simpler. I just want more people have the freedom to dream. After all, that’s always been the key to progress.
One hundred years ago, one of my grandmothers was roughly the age one of my daughters is today. In 1912, when women didn’t even have the right to vote in America, most girls couldn’t imagine going to college. Today, the U.S. has more women than men in higher education. My wife and I don’t have to give our daughters earnest lectures about how they can be anything they want to be any more than we do for our son. In their generation, it’s a given.
Or think back 50 years ago. In 1962, black Americans lacked basic civil rights. Today, an African-American born in that era sits in the Oval Office. Does that mean we’ve established the perfect society or ensured equal opportunity for all? Of course not. But it does mean that all of our lives are better as a direct consequence of democratizing the ability to dream.
Over the next hundred years, our challenge is to expand that freedom to the billions of people around the world for whom the future means simply surviving another day rather than building a new tomorrow. If we unshackle even a modest fraction of those souls, we can liberate the talent to confront the challenges that remain.
So forget fanciful, futuristic forecasts. They’re always wrong. Give more people the freedom to dream – and the future will take care of itself.
Daniel Pink Bio:
Daniel H. Pink
Author, Husband, Father, Optimist
Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive. His books have been translated into 33 languages and have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.