Gazing into the future world (part one)
A new report from CSIRO has identified five global megatrends and eight megashocks that are changing the world. (7:39)
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Megatrends are collections of interlinked trends that will change the way people live and the science and technology products that they demand.
Megashocks are the hard-to-predict risks defined by sudden and significant events, such as the Asian tsunami and the Global Financial Crisis.
Authors Dr James Moody and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz wrote this report after analysing information contributed by leading scientists and business development staff across CSIRO.
The report aims to take a fresh approach to understanding the future by using new data, methods, technology and ideas.
In this first of two podcasts, Dr Stefan Hajkowicz explains the meaning of megatrends and how they will impact our future world.
Listen to the second podcast in the series: Gazing into the future world: part two (Podcast 23 Jun 10).
Read more about Our Future World: An analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios.