You do it by assessing the effect of today’s developments on tomorrow.

First published in March 2021.

I know of at least one media outlet that has a job with the following title: “Future Correspondent”.

Until I saw that, I never realised the future was a newsbeat. That the future was something you cover just like you do the Water Board, the local Council, Health Services, Crime and Policing, etc.

But how do you cover the future? After all, it’s not happened yet.

You do it by assessing the effect of today’s developments on tomorrow.

For instance, the findings of a recent Gallup survey, which said that 120 million people (or more than a quarter of the population of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean) want to move to another country. More than a third (42 million) of those 120 million want to come to the US. Why? What will it mean for the future? And is there an alternative future?

Those were the sort of questions that Bryan Walsh, Future Correspondent of Axios, set out to answer. He noted the role of climate change in actual migration — or the desire to migrate — of tens of millions of people. “It will be one of the mega-trends of the 21st century,” he added.

42 million want to migrate to U.S.
There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. In a Gallup survey, 27% of people said they would like to migrate somewhere. Roughly 120 million people.

Asked where they would like to move, 35% (42 million) responded they would like to go to the United States.

And he underlined the importance of action now on the part of wealthy countries like the US because the flow of people “may never stop”.


It seems to me that a Future Correspondent doesn’t need to have seen the future, just the writing on the wall

Rashmee Roshan Lall, Journalist, World affairs columnist.


[This piece was originally published in Medium and re-published in PMP Magazine on 31 March 2021, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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