Drivers of Change

The drivers of change that we have talked about during our lectures and tutorials mostly relates to climate change and how we can help save our environment, which will be, of course, our biggest concern for the world in order to survive and save the humanity. Another inevitable drive is the ageing population. Because we can see the future to be tech savvy and lived by environmental and resource-focused minded people, not only the cost of living would increase due to the expense of our need solutions but also people will become more egocentric and individualistic. Thus, resulting to an ageing population. Starting and growing a family will only get more expensive. A future family trend may consist of DINKs – double income with no kids.

ARUP Foresight had publish flashcards presenting different drivers of change with the intention to act as a trigger for discussion, further research and reflection about our future. I believe that this is a great starter for everyone to get motivated and inspired to execute the first step in being innovative: to make change – make meaning. These drivers of change are:

  • Oceans – when we think of oceans we think it’s vast, endless and capable of absorbing waste and change at any scale. We have to learn the fact that nothing will last forever and must find ways to
  • Food – protecting the value of food as a provider of life-sustaining calories, shapes and preserves family, cultural and religious identities. Prevent fast food chains for taking over the food industry.
  • Convergence – considered as a key Driver of Change. This onvolves the combination of sectors to create new businesses, the merging of sciences with other disciplines and the convergence of technology. This is to create new and niche markets catering to an increasingly mass customised economy.
  • Poverty – poverty can prevent people from leading a long, healthy and creative life, as well as from enjoying a decent standard of living, dignity, self-respect, and the respect of others.
  • Energy – concerning with primary energy sources from fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) or renewable (wind, biomass and solar). Also explore the relationship of energy supply to demand.
  • Urbanisation – urban areas reaching up to half the world’s population and it is rapidly increasing
  • Demographics – this is the study of the dynamics of human population, including their size, characteristics and location.
  • Water – what we can do to conserve water
  • Climate Change – could impact way of living and the world in general in the next few decades
  • Waste – where will they accumulate the most and what do we do with them??

Now that we have a list of drivers of change, my team and I can start brainstorming to which two we would like to focus more on.

Reference:  Duncan 2006, ‘drivers of change’, weblog, ARUP Foresight, viewed 27 June 2012, <>



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