Two Futures and How to Reconcile Them

12 Pages Posted: 25 May 2018

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Philippe Pochet

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: December 12, 2017


Although there is little argument about the fact that climate change and the digitalisation of the economy are the two main trends that will matter most over the coming decades, to date they have predominantly been considered separately rather than together.

The first step towards shaping our future is being able to think about it, however, and the compartmentalisation of research efforts (climate change on the one hand and digitalisation on the other) is unhelpful in this respect. Yet cross-cutting investigations present a challenge since the academic communities and social dynamics underlying both fields of research are entirely distinct. The aim of this Foresight Brief is therefore merely to initiate a debate by analysing the different versions of these two narratives. The author then examines the potential interrelation and ranking of these narratives and explores the emergence of digital and green capitalism and its consequences. The publication concludes by proposing a scenario involving a two-step approach to change.

Keywords: technological change; climate change; digital economy; sustainable development; forecast

Suggested Citation

Pochet, Philippe, Two Futures and How to Reconcile Them (December 12, 2017). ETUI Research Paper - Foresight Brief #03-November 2017. Available at SSRN: or

Philippe Pochet (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels

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