Discussion Paper

Strategy Paper of the PGS 2020: What’s at stake – six scenarios for 2025

2020 | Max Neufeind et. al.

After the Corona crisis ends, it is unlikely that our societies will completely return to the “old normality”. What are the windows of opportunities brought to us by this crisis? Authors of the Strategy Paper for the Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2020 introduce us to six possible scenarios for the year 2025.

PDF: What's at Stake: Our Societies after Corona. Six Scenarios for 2025 The six scenarios for 2025 (New Golden AgeVarieties of LocalismRadical IndividualismWelfare TechnocracyNational Populism, and School Trip) are by no means predictions of the future, they are instruments that might help with imagining possible futures. They describe turning points, opportunities seized and opportunities missed. As a whole, the scenarios illustrate the urgency for progressive action. The goal was to examine the possibilities and dangers of different scenarios, and to develop robust strategies for action.


What’s at Stake: Our Societies after Corona. Six Scenarios for 2025. Dr. Max Neufeind et. al.

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The next months will decide if progressives can be successful in winning the public argument over how to interpret the crisis and the challenges it reveals.

Progressives must set out to lead the renewal of our society out of the crisis. Towards more democracy, a new economic order and a fresh start for the multilateral project.

This will only work if we can activate and inspire the centre of society to collaborate on a worthwhile future. Progressives need to embark on leading the renewal of our society out of the crisis. This will not be possible without a network between countries, and also across party lines.

About the Authors

Dr. Max Neufeind is a Desk Officer at the General Policy Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. As a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum he is in charge of the project DenkraumArbeit. Previously, Max worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Organizational and Occupational Sciences, ETH Zurich.


Together with the lead author Max Neufeind, 24 other authors contributed to this strategy paper. You can find the full list of them here.


Find out more about the PGS 2020 at its website.


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24 July 2020