The powerful forces of globalization are irretrievably changing the world. Governments, corporations and citizens will need to adjust to a changing global landscape and prepare for the challenging new environment or risk a severely lowered standard of living. To make these adjustments, we first need to be informed and knowledgeable about this new, emerging world.
At the Carlisle Institute, the major challenges facing us today inform our research priorities. They focus on the relationships that shape our prosperity, the vision needed to shape a new model of competitiveness, governments that support citizens and the tasks of developing a political and social culture that will address the challenges to the historical social contract.
The world of 2020 will be a very different place to do business than the world of today. As a consequence of economic liberalization, capital market developments, technological advances and demographic shifts, the world is witnessing an astounding realignment of economic activity. It has never been more important to consider Canada's fundamental competitive position.
The Carlisle Institute undertakes initiatives that focus on specific regional objectives, because they can validate or disprove our strategic research findings but also because they provide valuable experience with respect to key challenges that we face in terms of health, education and economic development require that families, communities and individuals play a much more expanded role.