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CSIRO outlines Our Future World

Our Future World, CSIRO, August 2022

A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Our Future World, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“Australia is at a pivotal point. There is a tidal wave of disruption on the way, and it’s critical we take steps now to get ahead of it.”

— CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall

Megatrends are trajectories of change that typically unfold over years or decades and have the potential for substantial and transformative impact.

A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Our Future World, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

CSIRO released its seminal global megatrends in 2012 as part of the Our Future World report. While these megatrends helped inform long-term strategic and policy directions for Australian organisations over the past decade, a lot has changed in that time too, including the recent events of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine crisis and the flow-on impacts to global trade.

These changes have had a substantial impact on businesses, communities and governments in Australia and exposed new risks and opportunities.

This report presents an update on CSIRO’s global megatrends out to 2042 with the view to guide long-term investment, strategic and policy directions across government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and the broader Australian community.

Adopting a similar approach to CSIRO’s previous global megatrends, this work explores how the previous megatrends have evolved over the previous decade as well as the new trends, impacts and drivers that have emerged over this period, providing a perspective around how these trends may unfold in the coming decades.

Read the full report

Global megatrends, the 2022 revision

A venn digram of the megatrends explored in the Our Future World 2022 report

  1. Adapting to a changing climate The protection of livelihoods, infrastructure and people’s quality of life as the climate changes
  2. Leaner, cleaner and greener The global push to reach net zero and beyond, protect biodiversity and use resources efficiently
  3. The escalating health imperative The promotion of health in the face of rising demand, demographic ageing, emerging diseases and unhealthy lifestyles
  4. Geopolitical shifts The increase in efforts to ensure global stability, trade and economic growth
  5. Diving into digital The rapidly growing digital and data economy
  6. Increasingly autonomous The rise of artificial intelligence and advanced autonomous systems to enhance productivity and outputs across all industries
  7. Unlocking the human dimension The elevating importance of diversity, equity and transparency in business, policy and community decision making

See also: CSIRO chief outlines megatrends that will shape the future

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