A significant percentage of developed cultures have adopted lifestyles of voluntary simplicity, favoring a slower pace and less choice. There is growing public awareness of individual modesty in the use of natural resources.
Abundance of data on safety statistics and hidden costs has spurred a movement towards risk awareness. Some people have become safety fanatics; others are prepared to trade risk for other benefits. Risk segregation occurs in some places.
Open access to networks of trust, crowd wisdom and hi-quality data is spontaneously and rapidly educating, spreading new ideas and shifting age-old perceptions as they sweep through large populations.
Urban planning lobbies fail to gain political clout, leading to accelerating urban sprawl. In most locations, this leads to widespread social disharmonies, rising crime, inter-demographic tensions and traffic gridlock.
Urban planning focused on mixed zoning and denser housing complexes with all essential facilities (stores, schools, medical clinics, theaters, etc.) within walking distance of, or embedded in residential areas.
Physical tourism is primarily affordable to the wealthy; the majority tour virtually thanks to high resolution 3D, on-line worlds.
People who have to go to a central place of work (factories, schools, hospitals, utility facilities, for instance), work either three or four days per week.
Population growth is rising much faster than predicted. This creates an imbalance between urban and rural areas: providing land for urban sprawl competes with agricultural production.
Improvements in videoconferencing, i.e.: sharing, security and enterprise work processes, make telecommuting appealing to the majority. Most workers still typically leave home but work in local, shared telecommuting centers.