The Shift Age will be the greatest age of migration in history. A greater number of humans will migrate at some time of their lives than in any prior age. Some of this will be due to the fact that the human population is larger than ever before. This means that the sheer number of us will be a factor. In addition the percentage of the total population that will experience short to long term migration will increase as well. This reality will ramp up in the Transformation Decade and really take root in the 2020s. Let’s look ahead to see why.
The global stage of human evolution mentioned in the last chapter points to all of us developing a greater sense of self in the broader scheme of humanity. We will increasingly see ourselves as global citizens. I do already. I may have places I live, but my extensive travel, constant global connectivity and thinking as a futurist make me feel that I am indeed a global citizen. In my travels I meet many people who also think of themselves as global citizens. They all have a place or two they can call home but they think of themselves as ‘of the world’ more than of a specific place. This way of looking at oneself in relationship to the world will increase every day.
The global economy is a primary driver of this way of thinking. I have met Americans who make monthly trips to China for business, and Chinese that do the same in reverse. I know Australians who attend dozens of meeting and conferences a year in the United States, Asia and Europe. I have met Europeans who come to the United States every other week for business. Of course many of these people are in the upper strata of society or the business world. However, they are certainly not the only ones driving this migration to a global perspective.