Flat World Partners – Outlook 2017

By: Keith Mauppa | 7 Mar 2017

In our 2016 outlook report we envisioned a turbulent year, and our issue areas were focused around terrorism, the elections and the environment. Yikes! When we thought turbulent, we meant a bumpy airplane ride over the Rockies, not Disney World’s Tower of Terror. Ongoing conflict in Syria, worldwide terror attacks (the global economic cost of terrorism reached 89.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, up from 52.9), Zika, Brexit, police shootings, Turkey’s failed coup, unpredictable elections, record-hot temperatures, the losses of Zaha Hadid, Prince, George Michael and David Bowie… what a ride.

We predict that 2017 will be a year in which impact rises to the occasion. For every dark turn in 2016, we saw people fighting for a better collective future by becoming active participants instead of passive societal members. The Flat World team made some excellent investments in the past year, and we’re looking ahead and giving you our best ideas for 2017…


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