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Tracking My Own Predictions

May 7, 2013, 12:00 AM

Two years ago Big Think Chief Economist Daniel Altman published a book called Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy.  

Altman offered predictions for what the global economy would look like 10, 20, 40 years down the road.  In the video below, Altman notes how "we are seeing some of these changes start to take place already and it’s fascinating."

Among his predictions:

-The World Trade Organization will no longer be the setting for global trade talks

-The European Union will no longer exist as an economic entity in the way it has to date

-A new generation of lifestyle hubs will either supplant or even add to the economic hubs that we have now

How did he do with these predictions and what does it mean for economic opportunity around the world?

Watch the video here:

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Tracking My Own Predictions

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