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    The annually published Sitra Trends list provides one interpretation of the direction of global change-related phenomena

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    1. Megatrends 2016

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      The future happens now

      Published annually, Sitra's megatrend listing casts light on the phenomena that we already see as affecting our society and especially our future....



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      10 months ago by Elina Kiiski Kataja
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The world is undergoing constant change. Can we keep up?

Due to the complex and dynamic nature of the world, the linearity and causal connections of large societal changes is difficult (or even impossible) to define in purely objective terms. In reality, change-related phenomena are caused by interactions between numerous things – not individual, subjective trends.

The annually published Sitra Trends list provides one interpretation of the directions of global change-related phenomena – megatrends. Information sources such as international and national statistics, academic studies and consultations, previous trend work, news articles and expert statements were used in the trend work.

Sitra uses the trends list as a strategic tool in its internal activities, but also as the basis for discussion when studying the changes in our operating environment.

The objective of the Sitra Trends list is to create a basis and a tool for conversation that promotes understanding of the visible changes in the world, especially from Finland's perspective.

This year our Trends list focuses on three themes:

  • Ever-accelerating technological development
  • Global interdependency with growing tensions
  • Sustainability crisis

An English-language slideshow of the key messages of the Trends List is available below. You may also like to watch our short video on Megatrends 2016 and take a look at our background memo.

Megatrends 2016 by Sitra from Sitra the Finnish Innovation Fund

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Publication Megatrends 2016

Published annually, Sitra's megatrend listing casts light on the phenomena that we already see as affecting our society and especially our future. The three major drivers of change listed in the 2016 megatrend list are: quickly accelerating technological advancement, an interdependent and tension-driven world, and a global sustainability crisis related to natural resources and climate change....

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