Megachange: The World in 2050

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Navigating the future can be tricky . . .

The scale of change happening around us can be bewildering, and scary. This book offers clarity, and hope. There is every chance that the world in 2050 will be richer, healthier, more connected, more sustainable, more innovative, better educated, and have less inequality between rich and poor and between men and women.

Enormous challenges lie ahead, from managing climate change to feeding 9 billion ...

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Overview

Navigating the future can be tricky . . .

The scale of change happening around us can be bewildering, and scary. This book offers clarity, and hope. There is every chance that the world in 2050 will be richer, healthier, more connected, more sustainable, more innovative, better educated, and have less inequality between rich and poor and between men and women.

Enormous challenges lie ahead, from managing climate change to feeding 9 billion people by 2050 and coping with a multitude of new security threats. In its 20 chapters that look at everything from health to wealth and religion to outer space, Megachange confronts these issues in its exploration of the fundamental trends that are shaping the world.

Brimming with (often counter-intuitive) ideas and facts, Megachange provides fascinating insights into what the coming decades will bring.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118180440
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Economist Series , #105
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Franklin is executive editor and business-affairs editor of The Economist. He is also the editor of The Economist's annual publication on the year ahead, The World in....

John Andrews has written for The Economist for more than 30 years and is deputy editor of The World in?. He is the author of The Economist Book of Isms.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Introduction: meet megachange xi
Daniel Franklin

Part 1 People and relationships 1

1 Not quite destiny 3
John Parker

2 The health of nations 21
Charlotte Howard

3 Women’s world 36
Barbara Beck

4 Friends indeed 51
Martin Giles

5 Cultural revolutions 63
Robert Lane Greene

Part 2 Heaven and earth 77

6 Believe it or not 79
Anthony Gottlieb

7 Feeling the heat 92
Oliver Morton

8 The future of war: the weak become strong 111
Matthew Symonds

9 Freedom’s ragged march 126
Edward Lucas

10 Taming Leviathan: the state of the state 138
Paul Wallace

Part 3 Economy and business 151

11 The age of emerging markets 153
Simon Cox

12 Globalisation, growth and the Asian century 170
Laza Kekic

13 The great levelling 181
Zanny Minton Beddoes

14 Schumpeter Inc 193
Adrian Wooldridge

15 Market momentum 203
Philip Coggan

Part 4 Knowledge and progress 217

16 What (and where) next for science 219
Geoffrey Carr

17 Ad astra 229
Tim Cross

18 The web of knowledge 241
Kenneth Cukier

19 Distance is dead. Long live location 254
Ludwig Siegele

20 Of predictions and progress: more for less 264
Matt Ridley

Acknowledgements 276

Index 277

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    This anthology¿s essays forecast future developments in areas fr

    This anthology’s essays forecast future developments in areas from
    social media to religion. Daniel Franklin, executive editor and business
    affairs editor of The Economist, and John Andrews, a writer for the
    magazine for 30 years, compiled and edited this volume. Since all 20
    writers contribute to The Economist, they share a lucid style and a
    generally aligned conceptual framework. No one can promise accurate
    predictions, but these reporters share deeply informed insights about
    forces that will affect the world by 2050. The result is a useful,
    intriguing mosaic of the near future. The writers clearly explain
    complex concepts as their shared references let one essay build
    synergistically on the next. Readers who already know the contents of
    one essay will turn the page to remark on how startling the next one is.
    getAbstract recommends this collection to futurists, long-term planners,
    and readers interested in social analysis and forecasting.

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