Three trends currently pose great challenges for our society: digitization, increasing social divisions and demographic change. These trends impact almost all areas of life. Despite the fundamental right to equal standards of living our constitution promises, these trends may lead to increasing social divisions in Germany. Society must play an active role in preventing this trend from becoming a reality. Digitization presents new opportunities for guaranteeing equal standards of living and civic involvement. It is clear that conditions differ greatly around Germany. The constitutional right to equal standards of living is increasingly at risk. Ensuring participation and equal opportunities for all regions and groups of people represents an important challenge faced by society.
Smart Country takes a look at the challenges we face in the 21st century. Smart technology and systems can help ensure participation to involve everyone and secure equal standards of living in both urban and rural areas.