Our Future World: global megatrends report

This report describes the outcomes from a CSIRO global foresight project. It presents six megatrends that will have a major impact on Australia over the next 20 years.

In this seminal report, CSIRO Futures identified six social, economic and environmental megatrends that will have a major impact on Australia over the next 20 years. The report has garnered widespread interest and has been used as the basis for numerous strategic planning workshops and exercises across Australian industry and government.

Global megatrends that will change the way we live

The six interrelated megatrends identified in the report are:

More from less

The earth has limited supplies of natural mineral, energy, water and food resources essential for human survival and maintaining lifestyles.

Going, going ... gone?

Many of the world's natural habitats, plant species and animal species are in decline or at risk of extinction.

The silk highway

Coming decades will see the world economy shift from west to east and north to south.

Forever young

The ageing population is an asset. Australia and many other countries that make up the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have an ageing population.

Virtually here

This megatrend explores what might happen in a world of increased connectivity where individuals, communities, governments and businesses are immersed into the virtual world to a much greater extent than ever before.

Great expectations

This is a consumer, societal, demographic and cultural megatrend. It explores the rising demand for experiences over products and the rising importance of social relationships.

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