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How do you imagine the world in 2050? Architects, artists, philosophers, economists, entrepreneurs, lawyers have tried to answer this tough question. Their testimonials calling for confidence in the future, hope of fraternity and liberty and desire of sharing are gathered in a publication: Vision du Monde en 2050.



This book was made to be part of the Parisian exhibition Une brève histoire de l’avenir (A Brief History of the Future) displayed at Louvre Museum from the 24th of September 2015 to the 4th of January 2016. Together with 30 global leaders and thinkers which include Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz, Tony Meloto was invited to write for this publication. Discover his advocacy for a world less cruel, fairer, less dangerous and happier.



TOWARDS A KINDER, FAIRER, SAFER, HAPPIER WORLD IN 2050
by Tony Meloto
(A short excerpt from the submission to the Louvre Museum's exhibition catalogue, "A Brief History of the Future")


2015 is a significant milestone for the world, my country, and for me.


We are in the last two minutes of a game called Life, with seemingly many insurmountable challenges. But I'm positive that the world will be better by 2050, when many from my generation will be gone.



MAKE THE WORLD BETTER

This world-view is from the lens of a radical optimist from an emerging Asian country forecasted by HSBC to be the 16th biggest global economy by 2050. We have the choice to chart our growth along the path of unmitigated greed and cutthroat competition of some societies that have developed ahead of us and are reaping the bad fruits of what they planted, or design a more responsible and positive economy, where money, technology, industry serve our shared humanity and create lasting peace and prosperity for all.


My country, the Philippines, is the fastest rising economy in Southeast Asia today and also the most vulnerable to climate change. The growth in our economy is not trickling down fast enough to bridge the wide social gap and lessen the vulnerabilities of our poorest who suffer the most from our devastating calamities. Yet we have proven to ourselves after the massive devastation of super typhoon Haiyan that when faced with extreme danger, we can get the rich and poor to work together for mutual protection to survive. Clearly we can, and must, keep a positive spirit and strive for more miracles of solidarity for a more enlightened economy to thrive, if we are to end poverty in our country and lessen our vulnerability to climate change.



INTEGRITY IS KEY

I'm positive about our economy because we have many concerned and enlightened young people today whose lives,careers and families will be on the line in the next three decades. And more will wake up from their lethargy, ignorance or apathy. They will use social media, technology, knowledge and their buying and voting power to demand greater transparency, authenticity and accountability from political and business leaders, to use money and authority wisely and justly, and to make the world better than what they will inherit from us today. More people will eat healthier food and ride vehicles that do not pollute, harness solar energy and other infinite sources, live a less wasteful life and even turn trash to cash.


Brands like Rags2Riches found in the high-end stores in London and New York are actually quality bags and accessories made in the dump-sites in the Philippines by former scavengers who were trained by famous local designers. There will be less lavish luxury and vulgar vanity. More will prefer the simple and natural lifestyle. The new elite will care for the least; the truly beautiful people will be those who have smaller egos and bigger hearts.


There will be more social innovation and social enterprises that will influence global market trends. We are building the First Farm Village University in the world at the GK Enchanted Farm in the Philippines as the hub for global partnership in social business, social education and social tourism, where the genius of the West will collaborate with the genius of the East to unleash the genius of the poor. There will be more patriotic behavior in the emerging markets of Asia, starting with the Philippines, creating more wealth that does not leave the country, turning consumers to producers, job-seekers abroad to job-givers at home. Human Nature is a natural cosmetics and personal care brand from the Philippines that is rapidly capturing a bigger market share organically,without advertising, by being pro-country, pro-poor and pro-environment.



IT IS URGENT!!

I am turning 65 years old this year, with only a decade left to fulfill the Gawad Kalinga dream of helping end poverty for 5 million families after nearly 20 years since my journey with the organization. Gawad Kalinga started by transforming squalid slums in the cities into beautiful and peaceful intentional communities, and turning wastelands in the rural areas into productivity hubs for food sufficiency to mitigate urban migration and congestion. To this day, much has been accomplished with an army of ordinary everyday heroes, many of them former victims of calamity, conflict and poverty themselves: 2,500 communities built and over a million of the least fortunate housed and helped.


Yes, it can be done and we must keep on! The world the youth will inherit from our self-centered generation would be better than what it is now if we think less for self, more for others, so there will be enough for all.

 

To start 2015 right, I wish the best of health and the best of fortunes to all those who have not stopped hoping for our country and the rest of humanity. 2050 will mark the fulfillment of our dreams today. If they can come to life in our little corner in the far eastern reaches, they will certainly manifest in other parts of the world, because the dream is an inclusive dream of dignity and sustainability,of caring and sharing, of love and compassion.



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