As part of a 'future planning scenario', the Rockefeller Foundation released a 54 page document "Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development' in May 2010.
"The results of our first scenario planning exercise demonstrate a provocative and engaging exploration of the role of technology and the future of globalization..."
Of particular interest, in the context of our current global 'crisis', is this scenario:
"LOCK STEP – A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.
In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain—originating from wild geese—was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults.
The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers."
"During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified."
Just as we are now in NSW, under the rule of medical segregation, which we are reassured will end shortly, many of us are concerned that the tracking and monitoring of our daily lives, the segregation and lockdowns and mandates are now almost certain to become permanently implemented.
Notable is the mention of the 'Role of Philanthropy', and the possibility of pushback from sovereign nations.
Luckily for the Rockefeller Foundation, they had the foresight to get involved and help prepare for the apparently 'inevitable' pandemic by funding and assisting 100 'Smarter' cities around the world including Melbourne & Sydney:
The full document certainly makes for an interesting read and can be viewed or downloaded via the link below: