Key social, economic, political and technological changes are set to substantially alter the world – and the business environment over the next few years. Governments are battling with high levels of income inequality – yet there is also a contradictory reduction in poverty levels world-wide. New consumers are being born by the minute in emerging nations like India, China and across the African continent while a dramatic shift to urban living is creating giant mega-cities offering substantial benefit and major challenges to their citizenry. Global economic power has shifted over the last decade towards the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations but volatile political dynamics in each society can derail this growth in the future and point to new emerging players gaining centre stage. An ageing workforce will have profound effects of several nations in the next few decades as health care/pharma becomes a core industry to watch. An aging world also suggests fewer workers ready to carry the tax burden as robotics and artificial intelligence begin to usurp humans across a wide swathe of job categories. In a world where the effects of globalization are now being questioned by electorates in the West, coming to terms with these dynamics are fraught with difficulties. But with remarkable technological leaps through tele-medicine and learning, disease prevention and enhanced agri-business opportunities for the developing world, positive outcomes are entirely possible. Where will the consumers of the future be located? How will smart cities evolve? Can inequality be overcome? Can economic growth be sustained globally? How will technology alter commerce and development? Will demographics alter the political course of nations? And, who will the rising powers be in the world and do they constitute a threat to stability in future? All these issues and more will be addressed in this unique political economy take on the near future and its implications for humanity.