“Revolution will be in the air” according to The Economist's World In 2017
22.11.2016

“Revolution will be in the air” according to The Economist's World In 2017

“REVOLUTION WILL BE IN THE AIR” ACCORDING TO THE WORLD IN 2017, ANNUAL LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD FROM THE ECONOMIST

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 22, 2016 - The World in 2017, the annual supplement from The Economist, predicts that revolution will be in the air for 2017, citing the centenary of the Russian revolution as well as the repercussions of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

Daniel Franklin, editor of The World in 2017 said: “Americans have voted for game-changing disruption which will send shock waves around the world. An inward-looking America will unnerve allies from Europe to Asia who have depended on the superpower’s stabilising support.” 

The World in 2017 explores different regions of the world and notes that:

  • Europe will feel the tremors of the Trump victory throughout the year. The scale of the protest vote will be keenly watched in presidential elections in France and parliamentary ones in Germany and the Netherlands. Britain will formally launch its proceedings for divorce from the European Union, which will be bitterly fought over at home and abroad
  • The potential for nuclear confrontation is disturbingly high as Vladimir Putin has been ever more brazen and his drive to restore Russia’s status as a great power has shown himself to be a willing risk-taker; North Korea represents a nuclear threat of a different kind as it continues nuclear testing and developed the ability to miniaturise a warhead to fit on a missile.
  • In China, Xi Jinping will use the five-yearly congress of the Communist Party’s Central Committee to pursue his own imperial ambitions
  • In the wider jobs market a revolution will rumble on, too, driven above all by advances in technology. New types of occupations – from drone operators to “bot wranglers” and virtual-fashion designers will offer opportunities. Artificial intelligence will have a growing influence on people’s lives (and personalized medicine will start to prolong the). More and more computers will offer their increasingly efficient services as digital personal assistants.

But, The World in 2017 also notes that young people will be less worried by these forces of change than interested in using them to shape the future. And in a special section in this year’s edition a number of rising artists, activists, entrepreneurs and innovators, all born since 1985, were invited to give their predictions for 2017 and beyond.

The World in 2017 also plays host to predictions from leaders in business, politics, science and the arts, who add their ideas for 2017:

  • Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, explains why his country will not turn inwards as globalisation comes under fire
  • Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten, argues that, to reinvent its economy, Japan needs less regulation and more foreigners
  • Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan, expects reform to gather pace
  • Jin Liqun, president, Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, explains why his new institution will innovate and collaborate
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer and founder of the Princess of Africa Foundation, argues that the world must break down the barriers to girls succeeding
  • George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founders of Sentry, argue that tackling corruption is the key to peace in South Sudan and beyond
  • Maria Alyokhina, member of Pussy Riot, reflects on what revolution means today
  • Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, argues that cities are increasingly shaping the future and should get more control over the money they spend
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, laments that risk-aversion is shrinking the corporate world, but says long-term thinking can make a comeback
  • Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, explains why the 1930s hold clues to what lies ahead for the economy
  • Yuri Milner, entrepreneur and physicist, hopes that curiosity about science will catch on
  • Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, predicts that more flexibility and more choice will transform the world’s viewing habits

The World In 2017 can be found on newsstands, on http://www.theworldin.com/ and on The World In 2017 app available on iTunes store and Google Play.

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