Revisiting the baby bust: Is “The Children of Men” prophetic?

Rita McGrath
6 min readMay 14, 2024

The Children of Men” is a dystopian 1992 novel by P. D. James about a world in 2021 when humanity is experiencing mass infertility. While we seem to have so far avoided such a dramatic fate, populations seem set to drop in countries across the world, with results that are sure to be surprising.

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Rita McGrath

Columbia Business School Professor. Thinkers50 top 10 & #1 in strategy. Bestselling author of The End of Competitive Advantage & Seeing Around Corners.