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Megatrends

The Future, This Week 18 August 2017

This week: the myth of the lone genius, can life compete with Instagram, and is coal still cheaper?

Our lifestyle, not our innovation, attracts US investment to Australia

As innovative and business-friendly as Australia has become in its short history, what makes Australia stand out to international workers is its quality of life.

6 jobs you’ve probably never heard of

The jobs of the future will be very different from today.

The Future, This Week 11 August 2017

This week: two bots talk trash, modular design and drivers gaming Uber.

Do innovation centres undermine innovative thinking?

Separating innovation from the rest of the business to keep it safe may be the best way to undermine it.

Entrepreneurship and China’s big three

How can China’s emerging entrepreneurs compete in a culture that is dominated by the big three – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – who imitate or consume any smaller competitor?

On the origins of environmental bullshit

The undermining of environmental science, and the creation of lies and bribes to distort public policymaking, is as old as industries that know their products do harm, but lie to keep them in use.

Jack Ma and the unicorns

The next tech superstar will come from whoever develops something that invalidates how people consume or produce in some way, because Jack Ma is not going to vacate his position.

The Future, This Week 04 August 2017

This week: meet Mike, why electric cars are only getting greener, and are digital natives real?

Making social innovation happen

Social innovation addresses massive social problems, including urban transport, indigenous disadvantage, poverty, climate change or the refugee crisis. Where should the answers come from?


The Future, This Week 18 August 2017

This week: the myth of the lone genius, can life compete with Instagram, and is coal still cheaper?

The Future, This Week 11 August 2017

This week: two bots talk trash, modular design and drivers gaming Uber.

Entrepreneurship and China’s big three

How can China’s emerging entrepreneurs compete in a culture that is dominated by the big three – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – who imitate or consume any smaller competitor?

The Future, This Week 04 August 2017

This week: meet Mike, why electric cars are only getting greener, and are digital natives real?

Making social innovation happen

Social innovation addresses massive social problems, including urban transport, indigenous disadvantage, poverty, climate change or the refugee crisis. Where should the answers come from?

The Future, This Week 28 July 2017

Season 2 is here: what happened while we were gone, real problems with AI, spying vacuums, and a suicidal robot.

Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 2

Season 2 of The Future, This Week is coming next week!

Putting cities back into ‘smart cities’

Amidst growing fascination with the promise of digital technologies, do we really understand how to think strategically about cities?

The Future, This Week 14 July 2017

This week: we have an unfolding story about augmented reality.

The Future, This Week 07 July 2017

This week: we revisit the business of sports on the back of some recent news about cricket.


Megatrends – Resource security

The resource security megatrend captures the increasing pressure on environmental resources, including food, water, energy, mineral resources.

Megatrends – Economic power shift

The economic power shift megatrend captures first and foremost the rise of the new centres of economic activity in developing world.

Megatrends – Empowering individuals

We are witnessing the rise of the individual like never before. Tremendous technological advances, ubiquitous connectivity, improvements in access to education and health are empowering individuals across the world.

Megatrends – Rapid urbanisation

The future is one of cities. Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities and 85 percent of the global GDP is generated in cities, with the biggest 250 cities accounting for 57 percent of global GDP.

Megatrends – Evolving communities

Rapid and profound demographic and change is leading to evolving communities with different business, social and individual challenges.

Megatrends – Impactful technology

Technological change driven by the acceleration, distribution and application of computing power across industry via the internet, cloud and individual mobile platforms has been called “the second machine age” and “the fourth industrial revolution”.

Megatrends – Introduction

Our focus is grounded in the global megatrends whose influence will have an enormous impact over the world we live in and a tremendous influence on the future of business.