If thereâ€™s a language more dense and indecipherable than consultantese, it might come from the think tanks that populate Washington, D.C. and many a comfortable campus. Here, for instance, is the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) introducing its futuristic â€œSeven Revolutionsâ€ presentation:
â€œThe unfortunate fact is that many leaders across the world â€” whether in politics, business or civil society â€” are simply not focused on these kinds of longer-term challengesâ€¦ The longer-term gets little, if any, attention no matter what the results, no matter how profound the consequences.â€
Lucky for you, think tank analysts have the time to ponder the course of events 20 years from now, and ivory tower editors can translate their predictions.
2025 is the year picked by the CSIS for its seven revolutions to come home to roost. These Big Picture trends havenâ€™t made it on most radar screens yet. And for baby boomer EHS pros in their â€™50s, it might not matter. By 2025 their radar will have been traded in for Adirondack chairs and nine irons. But any pro with an emotional attachment to the EHS field â€” which means just about every pro â€” is interested in its future.
Here, then, is the CSISâ€™s â€œSeven Revolutionsâ€ as adapted to the EHS world.