Map of Global Mega Trends

Here you go then. Use this link to get to a high resolution version. A3, A1 and rather wonderful AO sized copies on paper are available upon request (no charge except for print, post and a cardbaord tube). See you in the future.

14 thoughts on “Map of Global Mega Trends

  1. hi
    i have a question: what’s the role of “stream of consciousness” in this map? and is this map don’t have time line?

  2. Hey Richard great Job! This is the best trend map i have ever seen! it would be interesting to understand the meaning of all the trends that you spotted into the map

    Best Regards

  3. If I get a chance I’ll post some context, but I can’t do all it’s just too much information!

    There’s a video coming of me discussing he map…..

  4. It is funny that one of the trends is “too much information” – i.e. this map

  5. Hi Richard,can you let me know that when the new “Mega Trends And Technologies” map will be updated?

  6. Hey Richard,first of all I wanted to thank you for your great job and effort and making such a helpful map.
    I’m from Iran and during translating this map I reached an impass at some points and I didn’t find any clue on the internet.
    I would appreciate if you explain to me what do you mean in these cases:
    Dark Euphoria
    Triumph of rights over responsibilities
    desire for nostalgic romance
    Hunger for shared physical experiences
    children in search for a childhood
    peak gadget
    open agriculture
    people renting dreams
    digital body doubles to run full physiological simulations

  7. Dark Euphoria – I think it was a Bruce Sterling or perhaps William Gibson (sci-fi writer) phrase meaning people taking pleasure in things that go bad (dystopia).
    Triumph of rights over responsibilities – extreme individualism where people take whatever is owed to them legally, but refuse to give back or contribute to civic society (all take no give)
    Desire for nostalgic romance – old fashioned values, possibly quite conservative.
    Hunger for shared experiences – what people have missed the most after physical contact during the pandemic – large groups of people at music festivals, theatre etc – when a groups acts in unison.
    Children in search of a childhood – the loss of innocence, desire for simple pleasures, analog play, freedom from adult supervision…
    Peak gadgets – when people own too many electronic devices (links with peak stuff/post materialism). Links with peak landfill, too much stuff…
    Open agriculture – like open science, open anything….free access to everything, sharing IP, collaboration. The opposite of how a company like Monsanto controls its IP in areas like seeds..
    People renting dreams – something I believe will be possible in the future (links with downloading or recording dreams). See BCI science (brain-computer-interfraces).
    Digital body doubles… – digital copies of an individuals full physiology (genetics, medical history etc) whereby hospitals can run simulations to test drugs, treatments etc. See mirrors worlds I science-fi.

    Hope that helps! Please email me again if anything is unclear.


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