Generation 2030

Trend P (Rethinking Borders)

Rethinking Borders

As we change our perception of the natural world, we have released some of our ideas and values about property, ownership, and borders. We are recognizing that geographic borders are a human imposition on a natural world, and for the first time, we have identified areas of the world as international space, free from borders. The idea of international space is being supported through increasingly faster travel speeds across the globe, and through the promise of quantum physics research in teleportation. Rethinking borders is also an effect of the very real changes imposed on the natural world by climate change, as rising oceans and impact of natural disasters change the landmass.

Possible Implications:

  • In the future, kids may have greater opportunities to explore the world and find international education and employment opportunities.

  • Kids may have a different relationship to their own nationality, and international collaboration. They may be more willing and better equipped to collaborate with people from other nations to solve problems that affect the globe, such as climate change.

  • Kids in many parts of Canada, and the world, will need to deal with dramatic changes to their homes and neighbourhoods as a result of the impacts of climate change. Their sense of belonging, as it relates to place, might be challenged by these changes.



How new is this trend?

This is just developing, but change happens fast. If you pay attention to the media, you may see stories about this now.



What's driving these trends?

Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.



Deformalization is the transition from formal structures, processes, and institutions, to informal ones. Deformalization is enabled in many cases by technology and is occurring as people question traditional views and ways of doing things.


Decentralization, or the redistribution of power, responsibilities, and resources, is driving many changes in government, education, healthcare, and business. Decentralization enables wider participation in systems and decision-making and supports greater diversity. Technology is enabling decentralization through tools such as crowdsourcing platforms, social networks, and blockchain technology.


Acknowledgement of Interconnectedness

As our world becomes increasingly complex and global, we have become more aware of the ways in which humans are interconnected with each other, plants, animals, and other elements of the natural world. This awareness is driving change in policy, societal values, and behaviours.

Climate Change

Global and local climates are changing, resulting in unpredictable weather patterns and an increased incidence of extreme weather and natural disasters. Droughts, hurricanes, and floods are all examples of extreme weather that put strain on human and natural systems.