It’s that time of year for industry futurists to put forth their predictions, and not surprisingly many of them have to deal with “something big about to happen”. The tech research giant Gartner founded in 1979, with over 5,300 employees, including 1,280 in R&D, has caught the attention of social justice activists with its warnings issued to CEOs about 2014. In their report titled “Gartner Top Predictions 2014: Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive Future” they predict “a larger-scale version of an Occupy Wall Street-type movement will begin by the end of 2014, indicating that social unrest will start to foster political debate..”
The report was dissected by PopularResistance.org who highlighted that “Gartner predicts ‘a bartering based (sub) society’ and the resurrection of ‘initiatives like Occupy Wall Street but on a much larger scale.’ And, they also flag: ‘By 2015, traditional paid jobs will be replaced by bartering-based systems and voluntary roles in such areas as patient care.’ They warn companies not to be seen as the ‘culprit’ that is ‘driving these labor effects.’ They warn that there could be a ‘backlash in the form of buyer strikes, labor unrest and increased scrutiny of owner and executive compensation.”
Pop culture is already primed for a backlash in the new year, back in 2013 there were over a dozen films dealing with a plot where the main characters either 'bring to justice' or outright execute corrupt corporate bosses, video game style. “The East” got a lot of attention for exposing the spying that corporations do on community activists, but the most over the top of these in 2013 was “Bounty Killer” where the corrupt lawmaker or 'white collar criminal' is known by their signature yellow ties (or yellow high heels for the lady executive).
The Daily Kos predicts that “people are gearing up to rise up against these monumental abuses of power, graft, corruption, racketeering, profiteering, and outright criminality by the ruling class. Here are some findings from a new report by Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York on world protests from 2006 to 2013:
“Failure of Political Representation and Political Systems: 376 protests on lack of real democracy; corporate influence, deregulation and privatization; corruption; failure to receive justice from the legal system; transparency and accountability; surveillance of citizens; and anti-war/military industrial complex. We are in the midst of a major global upheaval comparable to 1848, 1917 or 1968. The most sobering finding: the overwhelming demand is not for economic justice per se, but for ‘real democracy’ which would allow national governments to address core economic issues.”
Happy New Year folks.