Future Living

Future Living – Lifestyles of the future

From the ME-volution to the WE-volution: how we will live, love, reside

“Social evolution unfolds in the eternal field of tension between ME and US: between love as a tremendous force for attachment, and the yearning for one’s own space, for being different.”

How will we live in the future? Actually, this is an absurd question, because a general “WE” does not exist anymore. The trend towards individualisation generates an ever-increasing variety of forms of life, household and family, and increasingly diverse forms of mobility and work environments. Nevertheless, with the help of dynamic-empirical sociology the fundamental trends of social change can be understood. Mobile urban lifestyles are replacing sedentary forms of living. The relationship towards things like cars, apartments and houses is changing. Our extended life expectancy creates new phases and reorientation. Even the change in love cultures and relationships can be predicted.

“In the past people were born into communities and had to find their individuality. Today, we are born as individuals and must find our community.“

  • Multi-individualism: Why social roles become fluid.
  • Future Love: Three scenarios for the future of partnership culture.
  • Down-aging: How we become younger as we get older.
  • The seven phases of life: How biographies change in the longevity-society.
  • Individualisation 2.0: From the ME-principle to the renaissance of the WE – the new culture of cooperation.
  • The new multi-mobility.
  • Work-Life integration.
  • Social recursion: Co-Living, co-Working, co-Housing, co-Gardening, and other networking lifestyles.


If we can change our attitudes and ask new questions, we will find more interesting answers. This is exactly what we have done in the new study »Zukunft des Wohnens«. In this German language trend study, Oona Horx-Strathern, Christiane Varga and Matthias Horx give 50 answers to questions about the future of living, which we always wanted to know, but did not dare ask.

More info: www.zukunftsinstitut.de