The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

Format:  Hardcover,

558 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780812992946

ISBN-10: 0812992946

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
From the former vice president and #1 "New York Times" bestselling author comes "An Inconvenient Truth" for everything--a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.
Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet's beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler's "Future Shock" and John Naisbitt's "Megatrends." In "The Future, " Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:
- Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels "Earth Inc."--an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.
- The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of "the Global Mind," which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.
- The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years--from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.
- A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet's strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.
- Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science--and are putting control of evolution in human hands.
- There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth's ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.
From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths--no matter how "inconvenient" they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, "The Future" is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.
Praise for "The Future"
"Magisterial . . . The passion is unmistakable. So is the knowledge. Practically every page offers an illumination."--Bloomberg
"In "The Future" . . . Gore takes on a subject whose scale matches that of his achievements and ambition."--"The New York Times Book Review"
" "
"Historically grounded . . . Gore's strengths lie in his passion for the subject and in his ability to take the long view by putting current events and trends in historical context."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Provocative, smart, densely argued . . . a tour de force of Big Picture thinking."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"A luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts."--"The Guardian"

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Author:
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780812992946
ISBN-10: 0812992946
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 558
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.09
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.4 x 1.53 x 9.66

About the author

Biography of Gore, Al

Politician and businessman Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard College. He represented Tennessee in the House of Representatives from 1977-1985 and the Senate from 1985-1993. He was Vice-President of the United States from 1993-2001. He is currently the president of Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, director on the board of Apple Inc., and senior advisor to Google Inc.

He lectures on the topic of global warming awareness and prevention and starred in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to educate others about climate change and to find ways to counteract it.

Chapter outline

Introductionp. xiii
Earth Inc.p. 4
The Global Mindp. 44
Power in the Balancep. 92
Outgrowthp. 142
The Reinvention of Life and Deathp. 204
The Edgep. 280
Conclusionp. 361
Acknowledgmentsp. 375
Bibliographyp. 379
Notesp. 389
Indexp. 535

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-05-15)

Here are Gore's (An Inconvenient Truth) latest attempts to identify and explain those factors shaping the world in the early 21st century. He opens with discussion on the emergence of a fully integrated global economy, along with a global communications grid, narrating the book himself. Gore moves to the new balance of economic, social, political, and military power, which differs radically from that of the 20th century. He then considers the rapid growth in population and unsustainable natural resource consumption driven by poor, short-term decisions followed by examinations of new biological and medical materials and technologies that allow us to restructure matter.

He closes by examining the new balance between human activity and its effect on the environment of the planet. Gore buttresses his arguments with a vast range of information taken from nearly all disciplines. Though the picture appearing in this story is at times bleak, the author remains optimistic that humanity will make the necessary changes to ensure Earth's survival.

Verdict: This is not an easy listen. It covers a lot of ground and assumes a level of prior knowledge on the part of the listener. In the end, though, it is worth the effort. Recommended to all listeners.

-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:

• Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.”—an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.

• The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.

• The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.

• A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.

• Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science—and are putting control of evolution in human hands.

• There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.

From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths—no matter how “inconvenient” they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

Praise for The Future

“Magisterial... The passion is unmistakable. So is the knowledge. Practically every page offers an illumination.”—Bloomberg

“In The Future... Gore takes on a subject whose scale matches that of his achievements and ambition.”— The New York Times Book Review

“Historically grounded... Gore’s strengths lie in his passion for the subject and in his ability to take the long view by putting current events and trends in historical context.”— Publishers Weekly

“Provocative, smart, densely argued... a tour de force of Big Picture thinking.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts.”— The Guardian

From the Hardcover edition.

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