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The World in 2030

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The World in 2030

Nine Megatrends to Watch

MIT Sloan Management Review,

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Nine current trends will come to define the world in 2030. 

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Predicting the future remains a tricky business. Yet without an idea of how the world will look like 10 years down the road, business leaders will be hard-pressed to come up with a sensible strategy. Business adviser Andrew Winston has identified nine current trends he believes will shape the world by 2030. Writing for MIT Sloan Management Review, he explains how businesses can accommodate these trends. Although the future will never happen exactly as expected, Winston’s pragmatic roadmap will be useful for strategists and business leaders alike.


Nine global trends will decisively shape the world by 2030. 

A number of global trends are already in full swing today and will likely dominate the world in 2030: 

  1. “Demographics” – The world population will rise to an estimated 8.5 billion people, with the largest increase among the elderly. Most of the one billion people who will be more than 65 years of age will be part of the economic middle class. 
  2. Urbanization” – Two-thirds of the world population will be living in cities. To accommodate the rising number of city-dwellers, urban planners will need to deploy big data and AI to improve building efficiency and ensure food supply. 
  3. Transparency” – Personal privacy will continue to erode as data collection grows along with improved technology to analyze the data. The upside for consumers is that they will be able to make better-informed product choices based on what’s important to them – whether it’s a low carbon footprint...

About the Author

Andrew Winston is founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and an adviser to multinationals on how they can navigate humanity’s biggest challenges and profit from solving them. 

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