Thriving in the Crosscurrent:

Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change

Supporting Evidence:
Seven Signposts of
the 21st Century


We're experiencing unprecedented levels of public outrage and grief over the oil spill.


Our global ambassador is a woman—one who came very close to being elected president of the United States.


An African-American man sits in the Oval Office.


Social and economic justice and human rights have become the most significant themes in the modern global conversation.


War is no longer “inevitable.”


Yes, there’s a rise in religious fundamentalism…but it’s a classic “eddy” that hides the huge progress we’re making in the other direction.


We’re globalizing from the bottom up.


An African-American man sits in the Oval Office. No, racism is not yet dead, but it’s clearly on its way out. Barack Obama could otherwise never have been elected. And a glance at any group of young people tells the real story: While people in the older generation have had to struggle to overcome their own racial prejudices, the youth of today never had those prejudices to begin with.

By the way, social scientists have largely abandoned the term “race” as meaningless, given the extraordinary genetic mixing of the Earth’s peoples. Increasingly, race just isn’t an issue.

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