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Game Changers and Megatrends

The globalized world generates global trends. Groundbreaking inventions, discoveries, and personalities are drivers of disruptive change. Some of these are transformational: they are about to change entire industries.

Imagine our planet as a huge collection of interconnected brains. Currently there are some 7.1 billion of them, and it is fascinating to observe how the collective wisdom is “voting up” certain ideas while giving a “thumbs down” to others. Those 14.2 billion thumbs create “megatrends” that will inevitably shape our globally shared future.

Megatrends have the potential to destroy or create industries, make professions indispensable or obsolete, and change the lives of many or even all of us.

For management executives, startup owners, politicians, scientists and — last but not least — parents, an awareness of these trends is essential  to effective decision-making.

In subsequent posts, I will discuss the chief trend-inducing game changers that are most likely to have a dramatic impact in the next ten to twenty years. Some of them — such as the English language trend — are already obvious, while others — such the cheap clean energy trend — are still in their infancy.

The following trends will be examined in this article series:

Since I am continuously researching various industries and media for trends and disruptors, this list is subject to change.

I am also interested in further suggestions from readers about trends to identify and examine, and I will gladly consider these in my future analysis!

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About the Author

Roman MildnerRoman Mildner, Certified Project Manager (PMP) and member of the United Mentors Network (UMN), has worked in the IT industry since 1992 and an independent consultant and project manager since 1998. His professional offering includes IT strategy consulting, project management and process improvement. For more details, please visit his UMN page.

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  1. […] This is a part of a new series about global megatrends. Please read the introductory post. […]

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