The Lonely Crowd – The Future of Wellbeing in a More Connected World

Social isolation in our digitally connected world is emerging as a public health problem. The Canada Beyond 150 Wellbeing team observed a paradox of early twenty-first century life: as we become more connected digitally, we seem to become more disconnected socially. And the isolation correlated with our fixation on screens is making us more prone […]

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Making good on Canada’s Sustainable Development Commitments

Canada may be known as a steward of the environment in some respects, but its performance on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index is inconsistent. Canada currently ranks 11th out of 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Its performance is particularly weak on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide emissions from […]

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Open and Transparent Government in the Age of Algorithms

What does an open and transparent federal government look like now and in the future? What are the challenges for access to information in a new digital environment? Advances in digital technologies are testing the federal government’s openness and transparency like never before. Canadians are empowered by mobile devices, apps that cover every aspect of […]

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Getting Ready for the Future of Work

Technology, changing skills requirements, and new forms of economic organization could make for a radically different future of work.  How could the government help Canadians survive the transition and thrive in a new environment? Participants in this group used strategic foresight to examine the future of work.  They observed that work is central to how […]

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An Access Economy That Works for Everyone

The emerging access economy holds significant implications for inclusive growth and the suite of programs and policies that compose Canada’s social safety net. Many Canadians are deeply in debt. According to the latest figures, the average Canadian household has a debt-to-income ratio of 168 percent. And 8 percent have a debt-to-income ratio of a whopping […]

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