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Partial-freedom in a protectionist economy

This article is part of the Futures Forecasting series. We’ve asked experts to identify crucial trends – from a shortlist of categories – that…

Vasabjit Banerjee

Technological determinism

Do we determine the influence of technology in society or does technology shape us in ways that we don’t anticipate? With technology — and…

Lesley Seebeck

A competitive post-carbon world

This article is part of the Futures Forecasting series. We’ve asked experts to identify crucial trends – from a shortlist of categories – that…

Wesley Morgan

Interconnectivity and crisis contagion

Politics will be inward looking and authoritarian, but the global economy will remain deeply interconnected with crises likely to cascade…

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

The splintering of digital democracy

As younger generations enter the digital world, they are gravitating less to the “traditional” platforms — such as Facebook — and…

James Mortensen

A path to climate consensus

Staring down the risk of mutually assured climate-destruction, and increasingly dissatisfied populations, by 2035 the world will experience a…

Richard Yetsenga

Liberia: the canary in the social media coal mine?

To understand how the toxic information ecosystems of the future will inflame political divides and undermine democracy, Prue Clarke looks to how a…

Prue Clarke

The laundering of crazy and the future of democracy

Reduction in professional journalism in the digital age allows alternative truths and paranoid theories to take hold. What this means for the future…

Elise Thomas

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Asia’s increasingly volatile role in international order

Asia will go from being a global centre of economic growth and political stability, to a centre of economic power but political instability….

Jeffrey Wilson

The problem of hedonic adaption

The problem of hedonic adaption must be confronted, because not doing so will see democracy at risk of being replaced by technocracy in…

Tom Nichols

Australia faces a struggling Southeast Asia

Economic growth in Southeast Asia will taper off, regional integration will stagnate, and governments will move closer to…

Ben Bland

The coming era of big government

We are entering an era of ‘big government’ — governments around the world will have more power and control over markets and…

Yun Jiang

Why reducing global vulnerability is paramount

Without a shift from current trends that focus vulnerability on segments of society, the impact of conflating natural hazards will overwhelm the…

Mark Crosweller

The Futures Forecasting series

The goal of our Futures Forecasting series is to publish a range of plausible and realistic scenarios, based on current trends, that challenge our…

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