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Global Trends 2005: An Owner's Manual for the Next Decade
Synopses & Reviews
As social theorist Drucker pointed out, every few hundred years a sharp transformation occurs during which society rearranges itself in a variety of aspects--its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, its key institutions. At the end of the 20th century, we are living through precisely such a transformation. The tremendous shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy and society is generating profound new challenges even as it opens up unprecedented vistas of possibility. This "age of social transformation," to the knowledge era, Drucker wrote, "will not come to an end with the year 2000--it will not even have peaked by then." Global Trends 2005 is a look at this transition now shaking the foundations of human society. At once a vision of the future and a handbook for understanding daily events, this book will change the way you see the world--and your place in it.
Book News Annotation:
Mazarr (Director of the New Millennium Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC) discusses how rapid advances in science and technology are transfiguring society, particularly in the west and most specifically in the US. He then sifts out six basic trends that he believes are crucial to senior executives who wish to understand the changes.
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Every few centuries, the world changes in a profound way. Not just gradually, but dramatically and forever. Such periods of rapid change become the markers of new historical eras, as singular and profound as the shift from hunter-gatherer bands to agricultural society and the transition from the agricultural to the industrial era. In the West, we are now living through such a period as our economy moves from one of industry to that of knowledge. Global Trends 2005 looks at the changes this shift produces and lays out a roadmap for the next decade.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -322) and index.
About the Author
Michael J. Mazarr is Director of the New Millennium Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. He is the author of North Korea and the Bomb.
Table of Contents
A transformation of human society — The foundations — The engines of history — A human resources economy — An era of global tribes — The process of globalization — A transformation of authority — A test of human psychology — Toward a new society.
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