Making a better future for the next generation in Michigan.

Why States2040?

States2040 provides an online resource and community for people thinking about our children’s wellbeing after they become adults in the 2040s. It focuses on states because they offer the best opportunity for policy innovation in America. States2040 draws insights by pairing similar states and comparing their future-readiness.

Tom Fehsenfeld

Today’s children will live most of their lives after 2040. Tom created States2040 to spark conversation about what we can do to make a better future for them in our states. He is a retired business executive with a PhD in Organizational Design and now dedicates his time to writing about next generation issues. Click below for Tom’s full profile.

Become a Future Maker

Future makers are those who care about what we are leaving for our future generations. They are informed people who would like to share their knowledge in order to help create a future where our children and grand children can thrive. If you have something to say and would like to contribute to this site as a writer, follow the link below

About Michigan 2040

About Michigan 2040

Our children and grandchildren will live most of their lives after 2040. We can create a better future for them in Michigan by supporting forward-looking leaders and voting out the short-sighted ones.

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Scouting Out the Future

Scouting Out the Future

In many ways, the future is like an unexplored territory. We are constantly making bets on the future, but it’s too unpredictable to have fixed beliefs. We need to feel our way like a scout and lean into our confusion. Galef’s book provides a set of tools to probe it.

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The Family’s Slice of the Pie – Part 2

The Family’s Slice of the Pie – Part 2

Michigan had robust growth in personal income between 2011 and 2021, but it was not shared equally by all families. Families at the median average were shorted more than $5,000 in annual income. If a majority of kids in the next generation see the affluent families pulling farther and farther away from them, why would it not lead to the politics of envy and resentment?

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Why MI2040?

MI2040 provides an online resource and community for people thinking about our children’s wellbeing after they become adults in the 2040s. It focuses on Michigan because it offers the best opportunity for policy innovation in America. MI2040 draws insights by pairing similar states and comparing their future-readiness.

Tom Fehsenfeld

Today’s children will live most of their lives after 2040. Tom created MI2040 to spark conversation about what we can do to make a better future for them in our states. He is a retired business executive with a PhD in Organizational Design and now dedicates his time to writing about next generation issues. Click below for Tom’s full profile.

Become a Future Maker

Future makers are those who care about what we are leaving for our future generations. They are informed people who would like to share their knowledge in order to help create a future where our children and grand children can thrive. If you have something to say and would like to contribute to this site as a writer, follow the link below

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