The pandemic marked the end of a period of relative stability in both the political and economic spheres. It’s even been called a “holiday from history.” We had unusually low levels of inflation, interest rates and conflict between great powers for many years. But now everything has changed.
We have entered a new era of uncertainty in global security, geopolitics and economics. At the same time, weather patterns are becoming more extreme, and the pace of technological change is accelerating.
Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist and editor of its future-gazing annual, The World Ahead, outlines his ten global trends to watch, analyses what is going on, and considers where things might be going next.
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