We are at the cusp of a renaissance. The Internet Reformation is here and is profoundly affecting the status quo. Everything threatens the status quo. Open Source has thrived and created great wealth. However, it completely goes against the status quo. Cold Fusion and Electric Universe theories are blowing gaping holes in the status quo of physics and cosmology. Again the status quo is threatened.
We have a world population getting... educated via a smart phone tied to the Internet. This affects all concepts of education, licensing, and monopolies, again threatening the status quo.
Hence we have a brittle structure that is trying very hard to resist change. They are losing. We feel it in our bones. We see the poisened body politic show signs of rashes and flus with OWS, shooters and truthers. Again it affects the status quo.
So what is next? Obviously a renaissance after the big mayan reset. But to have this renaissance the status quo will first need to collapse. They were used to "managing" disruptive technologies via the centralization of information and gatekeeping publishers. That is gone.
Things are changing.