Lou Cornum on “Space.” Alicia Kennedy on “Food.” Kenny Fries on “Disability.” Lola Pellegrino on “Health.” Each Beat offers a unique view into the structural challenges humanity faces as a global community–and, indeed, as a species.

How should power be administered? How should resources be distributed? How should systems be structured? Our Beats writers explore how these questions apply to corporate space travel, to global food production to the legal and cultural norms that define both “disability” and “ability,” and to deficits in funding, research, and care in the field of women’s health.

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If humans are to leave Earth and become an interplanetary species, whose vision of the future will be realized? And who will get to be a part of it?

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The social, political, economic, and technological implications of food production and distribution affect everything from global climate to genetic code. What and how the world eats matters.

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“Disable” is an active verb, and disability describes the social and environmental barriers that prevent access just as much as an individual body’s physical reality.

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Health care is a matter of life and death–and around the world, structural inequalities across gender and class levy an unacceptable toll.

How We Get To Next was a magazine that explored the future of science, technology, and culture from 2014 to 2019.