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Megachange looks at the forces that have been driving change and where they are headed over the following decades. Its conclusions about how the world will look in 2050...
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Megachange looks at the forces that have been driving change and where they are headed over the following decades. Its conclusions about how the world will look in 2050 are often surprising, not least in their optimism. Following an introduction, the book is divided into four parts containing 20 chapters that cover everything from health to wealth and religion to outer space.
People and relationships
Heaven and earth
Economy and business
Knowledge and progress
Barbara Beck is The Economist's special-reports editor.
Geoffrey Carr is The Economist's science and technology editor.
Philip Coggan is the Buttonwood columnist and capital-markets editor of The Economist. He is the author of The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds and, most recently, Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order.
Simon Cox is The Economist's Asia economics editor.
Tim Cross is a science correspondent at The Economist.
Kenneth Cukier is The Economist's data editor.
Martin Giles is The Economist's US technology correspondent.
Anthony Gottlieb is a New York-based writer. A former executive editor of The Economist, he is the author of The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance.
Robert Lane Greene is The Economist's professional-services correspondent. He also edits "Johnson", The Economist's blog on language, and is the author of You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity.
Charlotte Howard is The Economist's health-care correspondent.
Laza Kekic is director of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Forecasting Service.
Edward Lucas edits The Economist's international section. His most recent book is Deception, on East-West espionage.
Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist's economics editor.
Oliver Morton is The Economist's briefings editor and was previously energy and environment editor. His most recent book is Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet.
John Parker is The Economist's globalisation editor.
Matt Ridley is a former science and technology editor, Washington bureau chief and United States editor of The Economist. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.
Ludwig Siegele is The Economist's online business editor. He was previously technology editor.
Matthew Symonds is The Economist's defence and security editor.
Paul Wallace is The Economist's European economics editor. He is the author of Agequake: Riding the Demographic Rollercoaster Shaking Business, Finance and Our World.
Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's management editor and Schumpeter columnist. He is co-author of several books and, most recently, the author of Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and Their Ideas Have Changed the World for Better and for Worse.
Introduction: meet megachange xi
Part 1 People and relationships 1
1 Not quite destiny 3
2 The health of nations 21
3 Women’s world 36
4 Friends indeed 51
5 Cultural revolutions 63
Robert Lane Greene
Part 2 Heaven and earth 77
6 Believe it or not 79
7 Feeling the heat 92
8 The future of war: the weak become strong 111
9 Freedom’s ragged march 126
10 Taming Leviathan: the state of the state 138
Part 3 Economy and business 151
11 The age of emerging markets 153
12 Globalisation, growth and the Asian century 170
13 The great levelling 181
Zanny Minton Beddoes
14 Schumpeter Inc 193
15 Market momentum 203
Part 4 Knowledge and progress 217
16 What (and where) next for science 219
17 Ad astra 229
18 The web of knowledge 241
19 Distance is dead. Long live location 254
20 Of predictions and progress: more for less 264
Posted August 28, 2012
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.
Posted January 23, 2013
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