From the current financial crisis to the issues of energy, food and the environment, we are increasingly seeing the complex networks that connect us all. There are issues of oil supply, man’s impact on the environment and the search for viable alternative energy. There are issues of education and infrastructure and hard questions about whether or not Canada is prepared to do what it takes to stay competitive (see what former Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar has to say about that). And finally, there are issues about what we’re going to do to best manage the wealth we generate and the products and services we manufacture. Read on as Canadian Business takes a look at the future and some of the long term challenges facing Canada and our global neighbours over the next decade.