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22 Mar 2012

What will the world look like in 2050, and how will we get there? This comprehensive and compelling book will cover the most significant 'megachanges' that are shaping the coming decades, with each of its twenty chapters elegantly and authoritatively outlined by Economist contributors, and rich in supporting facts and figures.

It covers all the subject areas you would expect from The Economist: demography; the family; health; culture and social media; climate and the environment; war and peace; democracy and autocracy; religion and secularism; globalisation and the world economy; the developed countries and emerging markets; the public sector and tomorrow's company; markets and economic cycles; boom and bust; knowledge and education; technology and communications; science and space; and optimists and pessimists. Megachange is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what the next four decades hold in store.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184668563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685637
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to know what the future may look like, here it is ... a brilliantly well informed guide. --Lord Patten

[Megachange] sets the facts and figures of tomorrow's world into a narrative that is gripping and compelling. --Mark Leonard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Building on the hugely successful annual Economist 'The World in ...' publications, this essential guide to the twenty-first century captures the sweeping, fundamental trends that are changing the world faster than at any time in human history.

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3.0 out of 5 stars No Real New Insights 1 Jun 2013
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The Economist missed a chance to reveal true insights about how the various changes that its authors are describing will impact society and the economy over the coming 40 years. The book is a collection of essays that are mostly written in a descriptive rather than analytical tone (there are some positive exceptions). The sections on population, geopolitics, and the economy provide some interesting statistics. But the section dealing with science and technology is a low-key affair. Most surprisingly, no comprehensive attempt is made to connect the various subjects that are written about to paint clearer "what-if" scenarios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Thought Provoking - a Must Read 20 Mar 2013
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There are two things we can say for certain about the future: it will be different, and it will surprise. This fabulous book provides a glimpse of just how different and surprising that future may be. It also manages to succeed by balancing rigorous, intelligent thinking with an easy, accessible style - an approach to writing that will hopefully become more common in the years to 2050! The expert contributors focus on a total of 20 topics, providing reasoned argument backed up with facts. If I have a criticism it is that this book left me wanting more - more topics, and possibly across a longer time period. Perhaps an idea for the sequel...
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By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars good reference book 26 Feb 2014
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Good for presentations. Enables you to illustrate point you make with supporting packs. Horrifying rapid change but that is how it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uni work 24 Jan 2014
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Very good book for my uni course giving insight into the different expected trends into the way the world will be in the future
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