The Global Risks Report 2016

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016, developed in collaboration with Zurich Insurance Group and other leading institutions, features scenarios to help companies and organizations examine the trends and driving forces behind future global developments.
The scenarios are based on three possible dystopian futures called: Walled Cities, Strong Regions, and War and Peace.

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Logistics 2050

Will we be able to create sustainable prosperity, or are we on the way to a climate crash? Is the world interconnected or fragmented? Which new technologies shape our everyday lives? In a new study entitled “Delivering Tomorrow: Logistics in 2050," Deutsche Post DHL presents five sweeping, sometimes radical, prospects for the world in 2050 as well as the impact they would have on the logistics industry.

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Infrastructure to 2030 (Volume 2): Mapping Policy for Electricity, Water and Transport

Infrastructure systems play a vital role in economic and social development. Increasingly interdependent, they are a means towards ensuring the delivery of goods and services that promote economic prosperity and growth and contribute to quality of life.

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The Future of the Internet III

Technology stakeholders and critics were asked in an online
survey to assess scenarios about the future social, political, and
economic impact of the Internet and they said the following:
• The mobile device will be the primary connection tool
to the Internet for most people in the world in 2020.
• The transparency of people and organizations will
increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal
integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
• Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the

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The Future of the Internet II

Hundreds of internet leaders, activists, builders and commentators were asked about the
effect of the internet on social, political and economic life in the year 2020. The views of
the 742 respondents who completed this survey were varied; there is general agreement
about how technology might evolve, but there is less agreement among these respondents
about the impact of this evolution.
Reacting to several scenarios constructed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project,

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The Future of the Global Financial System

This initial report from the New Financial Architecture was mandated by the Forum’s investors and financial services communities in January 2008 to explore the driving forces that are shaping the global financial system in both the near-term and the long-term, and how these forces might affect governance and industry structure. This report is the outcome of phase one and presents a near-term analysis for key stakeholders and employs scenario thinking to describe four potential long-term futures for the global financial system. 

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The interpolar world: a new scenario

Everyone agrees the world is changing. The question is in which direction? This paper offers an original contribution to the debate on the future shape of the international system. Based on a diagnosis of current developments, it argues that many factors point to the emergence of an ‘interpolar’ world. Interpolarity can be defined as multipolarity in the age of interdependence. The redistribution of power at the global level, leading to a multipolar international system, and deepening interdependence are the two basic dimensions of the transition away from the post-Cold War world.

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The Global Technology Revolution

Life in 2015 will be revolutionized by the growing effect of multidisciplinary technology across all dimensions of life: social, economic, political, and personal. Biotechnology will enable us to identify, understand, manipulate, improve, and control living organisms (including ourselves). The revolution of information availability and
utility will continue to profoundly affect the world in all these dimensions. Smart
materials, agile manufacturing, and nanotechnology will change the way we produce

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The Oxford Scenarios: Beyond the Financial Crisis - Scenarios for Growth & Health

Our ‘Beyond the Financial Crisis’ scenario project started life as
a voluntary collaboration of a small group of participants from
the second Oxford Futures Forum held in April 2008 (Oxford
Futures Forum, April 2008)1
. As we continued to exchange
ideas about scenarios and sense-making, we began to use the
unfolding financial crisis as a common point of reference. Although
we represent different traditions in scholarship and different
experiences in practice, our collective willingness to adopt a

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The World in 2050

The world economy is projected to grow at an average rate of just over 3% per annum from 2011 to 2050,
doubling in size by 2032 and nearly doubling again by 2050.
China is projected to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2017 in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms
and by 2027 in market exchange rate terms. India should become the third ‘global economic giant’ by 2050, a
long way ahead of Brazil, which we expect to move up to 4th place ahead of Japan.
Russia could overtake Germany to become the largest European economy before 2020 in PPP terms and by

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