Leaders of all kinds around the globe are expressing concern that the world, or their part of it, is becoming less stable and predictable. The rate of change is increasing, rapidly, almost everywhere, and the world is undergoing more big shocks—physical (climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes), biological (pandemics, pest outbreaks, collapse of food supplies), economic (market collapse), social (terrorism, failed states, forced migration). At the same time there seems to be increasing regulation and complexity of administration, declining optimism among the public, and other processes that suggest that the ability of communities and nations to cope with change is reaching critically low levels.
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