Global Forces 

As with the CPA Vision process, CPA Horizons 2025 is considering the political, economic, social, technological, human resource and regulatory forces that are changing and re-shaping the globe and impacting business, finance and economic communities.  

As part of the CPA Horizons 2025 process, the AICPA consulted with Weiner, Edrich and Brown, a leading futurist consulting group, to gain insight into what the world may look like in 2025. Here is a synopsis of the emerging Political, Economic, Social and Technological Forces that the CPA profession is facing in the creation of a viable, long-term future.

Learn more about the Political & Regulatory, Economic, Social & Human Resources and Technological  Forces affecting the future of the CPA profession, your business and your clients.

The World in 2025: One Futurist’s Perspective

  • More people will learn through experience by virtual gaming--biology, history, financial leveraging --than with textbooks, teachers and classrooms.
  • More professionals will meet their peers as avatars than as real people.
  • Virtual currency rivals points as the second largest currency in global circulation.
  • Women and minorities make up more than three quarters of the accounting profession.
  • Identity theft is so common that we use implanted RFIDs in everything, including our bodies, bumping them against transactional receivers, for everything from purchases to security.
  • Time, attention, intellectual property and water waste become monetized.
  • Global accounting standards are in place, but are constantly overridden by individual countries, and new demands from even more stakeholders require five times the current footnoting.
  • The enormous complexity of, and ability to manipulate, data causes validation and assurance to come with confidence ratings expressed in percentages.
  • Cyber-terrorism runs rampant.
  • Every company in the Global 1,000 has a presence in cyberspace, and almost one quarter is more than 50% virtual.

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The World in 2025 Technological Trends

Overview Emerging technologies are increasingly shifting work lives away from the corporate office altogether and toward an in-my-own-place and on-my-own-time work regimen.
Published on December 07, 2013

The World in 2025 Social Trends

Overview The coming decade will bring a set of demographic shifts in the marketplace: developed economies will age, while developing economies will grow statistically younger due to higher birth
Published on December 07, 2013

The World in 2025 Political Trends

Overview The emergence of new economic centers means that the power of the United States abroad will moderate. While the US dollar remains the dominant medium of exchange, its role as the world’s
Published on December 07, 2013

The World in 2025 The Economy

Overview In an age of uncertainty, peering 15 years into the future may not seem appropriate. However ignoring long-term trends and being unresponsive to the changing demands of the future is fatal.
Published on December 06, 2013

CPA Vision Revalidation

Report These future narratives by noted futurist consulting firm Weiner, Edrich & Brown were undertaken to help revalidate the vision for the future of the CPA profession that was established in 1998 during the original CPA Vision Project.
Published on August 01, 2013

The World in 2025 Political Regulatory Forces

Overview The emergence of new economic centers means that the power of the United States abroad will moderate. This page provides an overview of the political and regulatory forces that will shape the world CPAs inhabit in 2025.
Published on August 01, 2013

Economic Forces

Overview The next 15 years will bring massive changes to the world economy, the landscape of major industries and the workings of companies. This page provides an overview of the major economic forces that will shape the world CPAs inhabit in 2025.
Published on March 28, 2011

An Aging World 2008 International Population Reports

Report The world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. This report, funded jointly by the Commerce Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses the causes and implications of an aging global population.
Published on February 04, 2011

Trends in Global Higher Education Tracking an Academic Revolution

Executive Summary This report, prepared for the UNESCO 2009 World Conference on Higher Education, discusses the academic revolution that has taken place in higher education over the past half century and how demographic trends are likely to shape the world in which we live.
Published on February 04, 2011

Intuit 2020 Report

White Paper The Intuit 2020 Report looks at the significant trends and forces affecting consumers and small businesses and those who serve them over the next decade.
Published on February 04, 2011

Global Trends 2020 A Transformed World

White Paper This report, authored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Intelligence Council, is intended to stimulate strategic thinking about the future by identifying key trends, the factors that drive them, where they seem to be headed, and how they might interact.
Published on February 04, 2011

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