- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: BASIC BOOKS (19 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000C4ST9I
- Package Dimensions: 35.1 x 23.4 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
[( The Long Boom: A Vision for the Coming Age of Prosperity )] [by: Peter Schwartz] [Oct-2000] Paperback – 19 Oct 2000
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The Long Boom The combined forces of technological development and economic openness are creating a wide array of new opportunities for busiensses, political institutions and individuals. These changes are considered, as well as alternative scenarios and plans for the future. Full description
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There are four Parts followed by an Afterword.Read more ›
It isn't "futurology", it isn't difficult, it isn't a political treatise. It is common sense for mankind.
It is global, and if you are reading a review at Amazon YOU are global! Don't underestimate your importance, your influence, your being present and interactive at this potentially pivotal time.
Buy this book, read it, and then buy further copies to send to your old school library! Take part in spreading the book's inspirational message.
I really believe it is the "bedside book" for 2000 whether you are a Peer of The Realm or a member of Greenpeace, and eco-warrior or a property developer.
Get your hands on a copy urgently: to borrow a couple of ad phrases, "Be Inspired", "We Have The Technology" - just read this book for the sake of the World.
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There are four Parts followed by an Afterword.
Part I Track the Inevitable (ie major developments in technology, economics and politics)
Part II The Politics of the Long Boom (ie how to overcome "looming political problems")
Part III The Engines of the Twenty-First Century (ie technologies which can help to preserve the environment)
Part IV Birth of a Global Civilization (ie creation of a new middle class amidst fundamental global changes)
In the forward-thinking Afterword, the authors reaffirm their faith in the almost unlimited potentialities of the Long Boom IF the human race can somehow avoid committing planetary suicide. They are emphatically NOT misty-eyed visionaries; on the contrary, they seem most comfortable when addressing harsh realities such as territorial "politics" which, if permitted, can result in the Long Whimper. Among their objectives is to provide "a starting point for an ongoing global conversation about how everyone can take advantage of the great potential of our era and create a better world." The observations shared are anchored in the real-world; the suggestions offered are practical and do-able. If for whatever reasons the human race is unwilling and/or unable to fulfill the promise of the Long Boom, who to blame? According to Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Schwartz, Leyden & Hyatt would perhaps reply, "OK but so what? There's still time. There's still hope. We have everything we need. Let's work together on a global basis. It won't be easy but we can do it. We really can."
How? This brilliant book answers that question. Better yet, it explains why.
Those whose minds and hearts are nourished by this book should also check out Natural Capitalism (Hawken, Lovins & Lovins) and Holding On to Reality (Borgmann) which address many of the same issues but from somewhat different perspectives.
I also liked the way the book was written. The letters written in current time and the documentary broadcast in the future looking back at the past 40 years added some very interesting perpectives.
The Long Boom should be required reading for everyone as it opens up a door to what is possible that most people don't consider in the narrow viewpoint of daily living.
By 2050, the world may come back and cite the book's authors as the forefathers of the course vision which attempts germination of harmonious global community convergence.
....establishes a practical mindset of vast scope political, social, economic, global inter-dynamics
...should be classified must read material at every worldwide higher learning institution, in the same manner that Ethics and Business Policy is required at every MBA program as capstone courses.
Very well repected Washington Kiplinger Editors offer similar book reporting similar trends in Global Business, Geo-politics and Technology.... ...."World Boom Ahead"....
...never expect a guarranty how mankind will advance globally......but plenty of room for thoughtful, practical blueprints and scenario planning.....
...offers very practical advice for world's business and political leaders....not intended to be a detailed roadmap for global destiny....
If for the first 50 years of the world's 21st century mankind aligns toward this course blueprint, then mankind has the opportunity to make up for the tragic first 50 years of the world's 20th century.
All need to read this book so as to know what policies to be demanding from their local, state, regional, federal politicians and business enterprise leaders.
Scott D. Barnette 37 yrs old Sr. Sales Director Hitachi Corporation
The authors' method of discovery (i.e., research) was world-touring among an impressive list of leading thinkers.
The story begins in the previous century (1980's, more or less) and ends about 2050, 30 years beyond the predicted new civilization.
The result is some kind of "blue print" for the future. The story will warm the hearts of optimists; pessimists will be less convinced.
The book comes with a fine index, rather general footnotes, an annotated bibliography and the now ubiquitious web site illustrating one of the 10 principle beliefs/behaviors the authors' promote: Stay Connected.