Seven Patterns of Change Shaping Our Future
A creative, entertaining and interesting treatise on the future of the world.
A scarcity of natural resources. The challenge to protect biodiversity and the global climate. Rapid economic growth and urbanisation in Asia and the developing world. Changing demographics and an ageing population. The impact of new digital technologies. Consumer expectations for services, experiences and social interaction. An imperative to innovate. + Full description
Megatrends are gradual yet powerful trajectories of change that have the potential to throw companies, individuals and societies into freefall. In Global Megatrends author Stefan Hajkowicz identifies these seven patterns of global change and tells a story about how the world will change over the next 20 years.
The book captures the thinking of many dedicated scientists and researchers who have devoted their careers to exploring and understanding change. The change heralded by megatrends lies beyond our direct control but not beyond our influence. By getting a picture of how the world is changing and what these megatrends are, we can alter our destiny.- Short description
Megatrends are gradual yet powerful trajectories of change that have the potential to throw companies, individuals and societies into freefall. In Global Megatrends, author Stefan Hajkowicz identifies these seven patterns of global change and tells a story about how the world will change over the next 20 years.
The seventh megatrend: The innovation imperative
"The last megatrend is about accelerating technological advancement and the importance of innovation... we explore the rise of regenerative medicine which could keep human beings living for hundreds of years. We explore advances in energy storage systems (batteries) which could revolutionise the way we power our cities, our cars, our planes and the whole economy... Overall, this megatrend points towards a world where human innovation makes (just about) anything possible."
Watch Stefan Hajkowicz interviewed on Sky News Business about Global Megatrends.
“This book provides an extraordinary insight from the very people who don’t just think about the future, but who are working on the future. The megatrends informed the strategic directions of CSIRO and companies, governments and communities across Australia and the world. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to make decisions in a world where the pace of change is accelerating.” - Dr Megan Clark AC
DetailsPaperback | May 2015 | $ 35.00
ISBN: 9781486301409 | 216 pages | 234 x 153 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ePDF | May 2015
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Thinking about the future
A history of the future
A moment of serendipity (and seven megatrends)
More from less
Increasing demand for limited natural resources
Going, going... gone?
A window of opportunity to protect biodiversity, habitats and the global climate
The Silk Highway
Rapid economic growth in Asia and the developing world
An ageing population, changed retirement patterns, chronic illness and rising healthcare expenditure
Digital technology is reshaping retail and office precincts, city design and function and labour markets
Consumer and societal expectations for services, experiences and social interaction
The innovation imperative
Technological advancement is accelerating and it is creating new markets and extinguishing existing ones
Falling and landing