Time Magazine assembled leading thinkers to ponder the future:
The Road Ahead
What was interesting to me is that if these are the leading thinkers (according to super mainstream Time), what makes me happy is that I think they're getting stuff mostly right. Sensible. To me anyway.
Less partisan. More common sense. I didn't read anything new, but left with a sense, that the current mainstream is getting it right. The kind of view exemplified by Family Guy, The Daily Show, or Southpark, which range from left to vaguely right in political affiliation but all share a common underlying "common sense." I guess optimism might be the way to put it. Post-cynicism might be a better term still.