It is reasonable to expect mega-changes in the following areas over the next five to seven years:
- Schools. Home-schooling is going to expand enormously. Certificates will replace degrees in many college subjects. University costs will be a major issue. Taxpayers don't want to pay for ideological seminaries. Community colleges will have more viability than many universities. Virtual universities with super-star professors are already in the pipeline.
- Journalism. Watch for boutique and "cafeteria" journalism as well as mergers of news without the newspapers.
- Workplaces. Expect hybrids of hybrids that provide a mixture of in-office remote and in-office collegial. For the most part people will want to return to the office, but not the office they once knew.
- Religion. Men have been leaving churches for a long time. Watch for more male-friendly churches.
- Law. There is already talk of making law an undergraduate degree. Watch for that plus a post-graduate apprenticeship program.
- Military. A politically-correct military is an oxymoron. People don't want to regress to the bad old days but they want reassurance that the military has the right focus: winning wars.
- Community. Social media has isolated and alienated people. There is a longing for real neighborhoods, personal contact, and a sense of belonging. Savvy local politicians and businesses will tap into that.