Future of Government

How do we want to be governed in the year 2050? What services should the government provide, and how will they be funded? And how should democratic decisions be made?

We are exploring the technological and societal trends that will shape our political system, and generating ideas about what a desirable future in 2050 might look like and how to get there. To this end, we are fostering the necessary discussions today, so that we can turn our envisioned future into a reality tomorrow.

Economic growth has laid the foundation for our prosperity. In 2050, sustainability is not a question, but a requirement.
Should the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remain the central target variable, or should social responsibility, sustainability, and justice take its place?
The transformation requires higher public investments as well as comprehensive social security. However, the demographic change alone is putting pressure on public budgets.
How can we ensure, through reforms in our tax and social policies, that the state can fulfill its role as an active participant in the transformation?
In 2050, data is the most important raw material. It forms the basis for value creation in the economy and evidence-based decisions in politics.
Should data availability be a state supply mandate in 2050, similar to providing basic infrastructure today? How do we reconcile data protection with incentives to share data?

These are just some of the already foreseeable trends and the associated societal and economic policy questions. In order to avoid increasing polarization of society, we must start the discourse on these topics today. The insights gained from the discourse help to overcome fears and unlock the potentials of the future.

What do you think?

If we do not actively shape the future, others will shape it for us. To ensure that we live in the future we desire, we must engage in a broad discourse on open questions. What are your thoughts on the following hypotheses for the year 2050? Cast your vote with Mentimeter and discover what others think!


Welfare is more than maximizing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Politics should pay greater attention to non-economic criteria such as ecology, health, and happiness.


Germany, understood as a nation-state and political entity, should merge into a federal Europe of regions.
The sovereignty over one’s own data should remain with the individual, but with significantly higher incentives to share. Because transparency creates trust, and data is the basis for evidence-based decisions.

White Paper "Future of Government"

Our white paper on the future of the state discusses the changes that our state system could face in 2050. It develops hypotheses for a positive, realistic utopia and formulates milestones on the way there.

  • Should the state take a more active and disruptive role in future transformations?
  • Should artificial intelligence make political decisions for us?
  • Should there be a shift towards a more participatory democracy?