Technological progress around the world is accelerating. This is particularly true in information, communication, nano- and bio-technology. Whilst it took electricity 50 years to reach 25% of the US population, the internet and smart phones took less than 10 years to achieve the same market share. Combined with the other global mega trends, particularly population … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 4: Accelerating Technological Change
The changes being outlined in this series of Global Mega Trends will inevitably have significant impacts on human health. The types of diseases and their prevalence will change according to many of the other trends described including: changing populations, urbanisation, mobility and climate change. One of the most significant drivers for these changes is environmental … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 3: Changing Disease Burdens & Risks of Pandemics
Urban areas will absorb most of the population growth discussed in the first part of this series on global mega trends “Part 1: Diverging Global Population Trends”. By 2050, 67% of the projected 9.6 billion people on the planet will be living in cities. Increasing urbanisation is being driven by several key trends the most … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 2: Towards a More Urban World
The 2008 Box Office success Slumdog Millionaire was a British drama following the rags to riches story of Jamal Malik, an 18-year old from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai in India. Arrested on the final question of the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the viewer is then shown how a street … Continue reading Slumdog Millionaire: A Lesson on Environmental Sustainability?
Following some recent work reviewing long-term risks and opportunities in the construction industry I came across a publication from the European Environment Agency (2015) on the assessment of global mega trends. These are basically major shifts in economic, social or environmental circumstances which have the potential to change societies and impact on people and the … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 1: Diverging Global Populations Trends