A compelling read,
This review is from: High Noon 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them (Paperback)
In this deliberately brief book, Rischard aims to provide an overview of the various methods, processes and institutions that the world has to deal with global issues, arguing that neither of these is currently up to the task of solving the large array of truly global challenges that need to be met urgently. He then goes forth to propose a novel way of dealing with global issues that is both creative and provicative. In between, he presents some 20 global problems that we need to solve fast, suggesting that identifying the real solutions to these problems is not the biggest challenge, but that getting the world to act is.
The book is somewhat outdated in the examples used -- it was written in 2002, I believe -- but is directionally still very relevant. Rischard writes in a matter-of-fact style, explicitly avoiding the narrative form. He is also quite clear about the simplification that he sometimes uses to get his point across. That said, this serves to make his message clear. If the book may be somewhat gloomy in its oversupply of global problems, it is very solution-oriented in its discussion of novel, alternative ways to realize global problem solving.