What will Public Service look like in 2030?

What will Public Service look like in 2030?
While this question is pointed and stirs up some anxiety, many may say “Who cares, I will not be around”. I challenge you to let your mind wander for a minute. As Federal Managers in Public Service you are currently putting into place actions, rules and regulations that will affect the future of the Governmental Workforce. You have some control over the opportunity for the next generation of Public Servants.
Here are some thought provoking ideas and forecasts from the editors of “The Futurist”. View the entire article by following this link: http://www.wfs.org/forecasts.htm

1) The world will have a billion millionaires by 2025
2) Fashion will go wired as technologies and tastes converge to revolutionize the textile industry
3) The threat of another cold war with China, Russia, or both could replace terrorism as the chief foreign-policy concern of the United States.
4) Counterfeiting of currency will proliferate, driving the move toward a cashless society
5) The earth is on the verge of a significant extinction event.
6) Water will be in the twenty-first century what oil was in the twentieth century
7) World population by 2050 may grow larger than previously expected, due in part to healthier, longer-living people.
8) The number of Africans imperiled by floods will grow 70-fold by 2080
9) Rising prices for natural resources could lead to a full-scale rush to develop the Arctic.
10)More decisions will be made by nonhuman entities

How will you prepare your workforce and yourself for the next 30 years? The Federal Managers Association is continually planning for the future by encouraging the advancement and professional development for today’s managers and leaders. The FMA National Convention March 16 – 19, 2009 has one day dedicated to enlightening and informing the Federal Manager. March 17, 2009 is a day of professional development training directed toward the 21st century Federal Manager. Join FMA in Washington, DC in March and be part of the next generation of Federal Managers developing their careers. Get information and register at www.fedmanagers.org.

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Cool idea. By 2030, I hope we are mixing hyper-local with global cooperation and interdependency. Today’s 9 year olds growing up on Club Penguin will be 30 and will expect virtual worlds, cross-global coordination, telepresence, telecommuting, amongst other ideas. The main thing is we need people that are curious, creative, and can adapt to change. In 1988 nobody would have expected the ubiqitous Internet, the rise of Google, the power of Facebook, the rise of cell phones, amongst many new technologies.