Welcome to Government 2020. The purpose of this project is to help leaders from all sectors make sense of the rapidly changing demographic, societal, economic, and technological trends shaping our future. Gov2020 isn’t a crystal ball but it does pull together some of our best Deloitte research and expertise from across the globe to start a discussion on what is probable, and even more importantly, what is possible for those who are most willing to embrace change.

One in five women in the United States will not have a biological child, and Christen Reighter is one of them. From a young age, she knew she didn't want kids, in spite of the insistence of many people (including her doctor) who told her she'd change her mind. In this powerful talk, she shares her story of seeking sterilization -- and makes the case that motherhood is an extension of womanhood, not the definition.

The decline of marriage is more dramatic among younger adults under age 35 and those without a college education.

With no commons anymore, many homeless and struggling people find refuge at public libraries

Besides lending books, the local institutions are training young journalists, renting garden plots and more

Assuming that the current political situation reflects something deeper about our current politics, what will our democracy look like in the future?

The internet allows public institutions to become more transparent and porous, but the transformation has only just begun.

Survey of four-year-college leaders finds they lack confidence in their institutions' ability to adapt -- and aren't planning ahead in ways that would ensure success.