The global community faces unprecedented challenge and change on the horizon--climate change, economic dysfunction, disruptive technological advances, international and internecine conflict, and beyond. Despite how these problems are often predictable, solutions remain shortsighted. Political leaders focus on the next election cycle, business leaders focus on their quarterly reports, all while the average citizen focuses on rent and bread.
Future Left’s founders, a group of politically engaged and progressive young professionals, aim to widen the traditional discourse toward long-term problem solving based on justice, sustainability, and equal opportunity. We’re not focused on the news of the moment, but on the challenges and solutions thereof that will shape the future--our future. Toward that end, Future Left’s mission is to articulate a progressive vision that lays the groundwork for political, social, and economic transformation, that connects a community of local organizers and national thought leaders, and reinvigorates an engaged, informed American left.
At Future Left we aim to spell out the challenges preventing us from a more sustainable, just future. We have organized our work into five programs, which you’ll see reflected in our original content and in our newsletter.
In the last 60 years, computing power has increased a trillion fold. The smartphone that most people have in their pocket is more powerful than all of NASA was when it put a man on the moon. That represents a fantastic potential, if not inevitability, for transformation. We see technology disrupting all segments of the economy, from the decline of analog industry giants and the rise of the digital, to the birth of the gig-economy and displacement of labor markets. This rapid change, according to Moore’s law, will only grow exponentially. Disruptive technologies, from self-driving cars to the clean energy revolution, bleed into every other facet of our work. Ignoring them--or worse, fighting them--could have profoundly harmful effects. Our work, devoted to long-term thinking, will place technology where it rightfully belongs: at the forefront of policy debates.
Climate change represents--without question--the single biggest threat to the future. Converting our energy future to more clean forms, like solar and wind, is only the beginning. Dramatic transformations in our relationship to the environment will be critical as we move forward, from how we consume resources to how we deal with waste. Beyond that there will be new strains on our environment as the global population nears 10 billion by 2050. Feeding that many people in itself presents a challenge to agricultural sectors, to say nothing of how we use our land efficiently.
At the nexus of all of our programming lies the economy. Labor in the United States and around the world remains the primary engine of global economy, and we’re interested in empowering organized labor and sustainable, resilient business models based on cooperation and horizontal hierarchies. However, technological advances in automation put the economy on track for massive upheaval, a challenge we should begin preparing for today. Additionally, transitioning to renewable energy has the potential to massively upset economies currently rooted in fossil fuels. Finally, despite the benefits of globalization--international interconnectedness and economic growth--inequality is only becoming further entrenched, creating turmoil at home and abroad.
A global order based on peace and human rights is still woefully far off. Corrupt autocrats, often with international support, continue to hollow out whole societies for their own personal benefit. Their obstinance to reform threatens to instigate or exacerbate regional and internecine conflicts. Additionally, though climate change and technological disruption are challenges for advanced economies, these questions present compounded challenges for developing countries seeking to compete in global markets. The world today, more so than ever, is interconnected. Cooperative, strategic problem-solving will be the key to a peaceful, sustainable international order.
We believe that the United States, as a global leader, should be at the forefront of building a society prepared to confront the challenges of the future. However, we’ve got a long way to go. Education stands as perhaps the most critical element of a healthy society, but about 20% of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. Moreover, American communities--some of the most culturally diverse in the world--remain highly divided. We’re committed to a future defined by equality and social justice. Expect this section to be rather fluid. We’re interested in tracking cities as laboratories of democracy and sustainability, in addressing poverty and incarceration, and in building resilient American communities that can respond to the demands of the future.
We're on the look out for passionate people to contribute to this new project of ours. If you're interested in contributing original content to Future Left, we'd be thrilled to hear your ideas. Please send a resume and a few pitch ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The bolder the better!
The future isn't just about us. We're looking to build partnerships with labor unions, tech startups, environmental activists, foreign policy think tanks and everything in between. We want to exchange ideas, share content, and support each others efforts. Contact us at email@example.com to know more.