20 years ago, we all worried Y2K was going to ctrl+alt+delete the world when it’s been the 2BS — bubbles and bonuses — which crashed our economy. We’ve gone from the recession to Brexit and we’re finishing the decade with a crisis that’s left us with nothing.

From the war on terror to war on want?

From the stock floor to the handbag — give us back our money!

The lights are on, but no one’s in

“We didn’t eat the money…they (the banks) ate the money” describes the sentiment that many people have as to why much of Europe has ended up with such big budget deficits that are motivating the cuts to public services. As a result for ordinary people, we’ll be lucky if we get a slice of cheese for our efforts.

All of this is leaving European citizens between disdain and despair. The ILO has warned of growing social unrest because it fears unemployment won’t recover for another five years. For many, this is the last straw and could lead to riots by disaffected young people, while others celebrate their despair by organising illegal raves.

The quote from a Tea Party billboard “keep your government hands off my Medicare” may be the defining tension for the next year not just in the US but across Europe as the welfare state is stripped away and unusual allies start realising that it’s only when they lose services they took for granted they suddenly want them back.

Just as in France, the people who Sarkozy praised as those who “wake up early” have woken up to face another day without a job. They are now wide awake to protest against a pensions reform that doesn’t take into account the fact they’re overworked and burnt out. They don’t believe in change any more. They never benefited from the effects of economic globalisation and have often succumbed to their pay, rights if not their jobs going out of the window as a result.

Towards new nomadism?

Maybe new nomadism is appearing by accident and by design. Perhaps by accident, because with the cuts in services people will always be on the move, trying to find help. Perhaps by design, if we can build a society where people can travel freely irrespective of race and especially those in the most need, where ideas can travel…where networks can travel and bring people together based on sharing resources to develop positive change.

Head of Strategy (Communities) @camdencouncil #localgov Director @euroalter Co-founder of #systemschange & #servicedesign progs. inspired by @cescaalbanese