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OPEN SESSION: SWI 2020 – The Politics of Rage & Polarisation

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5 January 2020

A Quest for Middle Ground

The 2020 edition of our “State We’re In” trend briefing is titled, The Politics of Rage & Polarisation: A Quest for Middle Ground.

By the end of 2019, the rising anger around the globe was palpable, as were the divisions that fuelled the rage. Whether they were political, economic, environmental or cultural, anger and dissatisfaction were omnipresent, and the merest spark ignited the flames of protest.

Globally, economic inequality, differences in political ideology and personal views are growing more extreme and divisive. Twitter reflects both the rage and toxicity we live with. Hope of finding common ground has receded, so the search for middle ground becomes all the more important. Middle ground is compromise; common ground is problem-solving.

Finding middle ground only addresses the symptoms of conflict, not its causes.
It will only mask tensions, not resolve them: but we have to start somewhere.
Middle ground points to an equitable solution. It won’t be perfect and will be temporary, but it should quell the anger.

To paraphrase Taylor Swift: “We need to calm down.”

“The State We’re In” is an annual trend briefing by Flux Trends that provides an executive summary of trends that are shaping and changing the way we live, work and play. Updated every quarter, this popular trend presentation is one of the most comprehensive trend overviews available and many business owners and company executives request this presentation as it provides a high-level summary of trends that are changing the world.

  • Who should attend?
    Anyone who understands that trends today, inform business strategy: this includes executive leadership, management and marketing, media and service industries.
  • Companies that search for new ways to navigate the increasingly disrupted business landscape, and understand that today’s socio cultural issues have become pivotal to business.
  • Businesses that realise that today’s complex undercurrents can derail any strategy. We’ll join the dots for you and bring clarity and foresight to frame your business trajectory.

Presented by Dion Chang

Aren’t you curious to discover what state we’re in?
– Looking at Trends as Business Strategy – 

Event Details
Time: 16hoo for 16h30 (Registration opens at 16h00)
Date: Wednesday, 12th February 2020
Address: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott, 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Arch Precinct, Johannesburg

If you are interested in booking this presentation for your team or clients please contact Bethea Clayton on connected@fluxtrends.co.za or +27764539405.

A special thanks to our sponsors


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