The current period of conspicuous consumption will come to an end, requiring more locally-sufficient and resource-careful lifestyles. Much social interaction is likely to be more virtual than real. A wide range of lifestyles, cultures and beliefs will need to find new ways of living in close proximity and sharing experience and resources. Conflict is inevitable but also potentially catalytic.
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Geoff Mulgan is Director of the Young Foundation and former Director of Policy at 10 Downing Street.