It is difficult to know what we need without first being aware of our purpose and direction; progress requires that we know the why and where of it.
I'm not altogether sure how we go about finding these answers.
Perhaps there are common needs and desires all people share.
Finding out what those are may be of value in determining our purpose and direction of progress.
Finding them may require some real gut-level work.
Geopolitically then, we might come to posit a goal of balancing production and consumption, as such a balance might yield a viscerally pleasant existance for an extended period of planet time.
Then, to reach that goal, we may find that we have to increase production and decrease population.
On a smaller more personal scale, the link in my signature reflects what I need along the same lines.