Summary of Megachange

The world in 2050

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Megachange book summary
What will the world be like several decades from now?


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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the world will be different in 2050
  • What trends will shape 2050
  • How different pivotal trends will interact


The Core of “Megachange”
It took 250,000 years for the world’s population to reach one billion people, in about 1800. In two more centuries, population accelerated faster to reach seven billion late in 2011. This is a “megachange: change on a grand scale that happens at a remarkable speed...
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About the Authors

Daniel Franklin is executive editor and business affairs editor of The Economist. John Andrews, who has written for the magazine for 30 years, also wrote The Economist Book of Isms.

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