By 2030, nearly 50% of today’s jobs will be automated or outsourced; three out of four companies currently on the S&P 500 list will no longer exist; life expectancy of babies born in the developed world will have surpassed 125 years; and, most worryingly, democracy as a form of government will be questioned by half of western citizens. These are just some of the many changes that our globalized and interconnected world will likely experience in the coming decades.
Things are changing faster than ever, in a way and scale that humankind has not experienced before. Consequently, the time that states, companies, and societies have to adapt has narrowed dramatically, making the understanding of change a major strategic advantage that every organization should pursue.
With the aim of facilitating this process, we are creating at the IE The Center for the Governance of Change (CGC), a research, educational and impact-oriented institution that seeks to enhance our ability to anticipate, manage, and foster change in a variety of domains (political, economic, and societal) and on a number of levels (from national to global).
The CGC will be based at the IE School of International Relations, Madrid. It will conduct pioneering, transdisciplinary, and policy-relevant research aimed at deepening our understanding of “change” and at developing strategies to deal with the future. It will do this by becoming a knowledge and innovation platform that brings together talent and ideas from around the world. The ultimate goal of the CGC will be to help build a more prosperous and sustainable society.
The Center aims to merge social and scientific knowledge so that we can better understand the patterns of human activity in history and the political and social dynamics of change.
The Center will identify and analyze trends that influence the future nationally and internationally in order to strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organizations.
The Center will train leaders that are able not only to understand and anticipate change, but also to foster and drive it. In the coming future, the key of success won’t be size, but the ability to adapt.
Manuel Muñiz is the Dean of the School of International Relations at IE, a Professor of Global Transformation, and the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Diego Rubio is an Applied Historian and a Political Analyst. He is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.