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Looking Ahead

Thinkers50 is pleased to be the publishing partner for Looking Ahead, a book which portrays the myriad of intertwined global developments that will shape the world we live in for decades to come. Looking Ahead helps provide more clarity about the uncertain future by providing data driven evidence. Marrying rigorous analysis with creative and artistic graphical representations, it presents the major emerging economic, demographic, societal well-being, technology, infrastructure and communications, energy and environmental trends that we should all be aware of. Now, look ahead.

Progressing Towards the MDGs but Not There Yet

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their 169 targets build on the existing Millennium Development Goals. Some SDG goals are a continuation of what has already been achieved and relate to heath and education. Poverty remains a major focus of SDGs. New focus...

Pressure to Feed More Amidst Limited Resources

As per-capita income increases in poorer countries, calorific intake also increases, making population growth harder to support. Moreover, food consumption is outpacing population growth. This has been evident with the production of raw food products (cereals, grains...

LNG Changes Natural Gas Market Dynamics

The majority of US gas is produced from shale gas wells. The shale boom has allowed the US to become the largest gas producer in the world. In fact, according to BP, shale gas will transform North America from a net importer today into a net exporter by 2016. Despite...

The Medium Term Surge in US Oil Supply: A Game Changer

In its short term outlook, the US Energy Information Administration forecasts that the current supply glut will continue through 2016 with OPEC’s market share unchanged and a slight increase for the US. On the demand side, the largest consuming group of countries will...

More Cities, More “Smart” Cities

With the rise of urbanization, the number of cities globally is on the rise, particularly in Asia and Africa. The number of megacities (cities with 10 million or more inhabitants) is increasing, with a projected 41 megacities by 2030 (compared with 28 today). One in...

Evolving Lifestyles, Creating New Health Risk Factors

“Risk factors” are human habits or attributes that increase the likelihood of developing a disease or suffering a life-threatening injury. These risk factors include smoking, alcohol abuse, inactivity, obesity and poor eating behaviors which have contributed heavily...

Growing Population: A More Crowded World

World population reached its first billion around 1804. Over the last two centuries, the next 6 billion has been reached and another 4 will be added by the end of this century. However, population growth is slowing. The annual population growth between the 3rd billion...

Leveraging Big Data

Although it is hard to measure data accurately, it is clear that data is growing at exponential rates around the world. The sheer volume of information will require new analytical skills and more storage capacity. One type of data that could be measured is online...

Rapidly Urbanizing World

The global urban population surpassed the rural one around 2009/2010. Given the recent pace of growth it is likely that by 2050 the urban population will be double that of the rural and will account for two-thirds of the world’s population. Download and read the PDF...

Rising Global Migrant Population

The fastest-growing period of migration was the 1980s. From 1990 to 2013, migration increased an additional 51% reaching 232 million people. Migration is expected to continue growing to reach 266 million by 2040. In general, migration numbers are underreported because...

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Over the past decade, the world has witnessed the rise of a new sharing economy – one where people use Internet and mobile technologies to access goods and resources provided by their peers, rather than a traditional corporate vendor. As of 2013, the five main sectors...

A New Industrial Revolution…This Time Digital

The world has gained from the recent “digital revolution”, but the innovations have also disrupted traditional growth patterns. Historically, industrial revolutions have produced losers as well as winners, and it has often taken time to see how different stakeholders...