The Long Boom : A Future History of the World, 1980-2020
The authors begin at what they see as the birth of modern technology - 1980 - and chart the story of the furture through to 2020 in a captivating narrative format, inter-linked with material from a documentary produced in the year 2050 and a series of letters from a fictional character written in ten-year intervals beginning in 1980. The authors see the long boom as a period of sustained growth that could eventually double the world's economy every dozen years and bring increasing properity to billions of people on the planet. Today we are riding the early waves of this expanding economy that in time could do much to solve many of the intractable global problems, such as poverty and ease tension throughout the world. This, according to the authors, is the possibility. But it is not inevitable. We sill all have to make the choice to go for growth. 'The Long Boom' is an incredibly powerful vision of the future. It is radical, optomistic and captivating. It cannot be ignored.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 138 x 210 x 26mm | 480.82g
- 30 Dec 2000
- Cengage Learning, Inc
- Texere Publishing
- Florence, United States
- New edition
- New edition
Table of contents
Part I Track the Inevitable 1. The great enabler 2. The millennial transition Part II The Politics of the Long Boom 3. The new american ideology 4. The new european renaissance 5. Asia rises again 6. The global challenges Part III The Engines of the Twenty-First Century 7. Saving the planet 8. Dawn of the hydrogen age 9. Technology emulates nature 10. Prepare for wild science Part IV Birth of a Global Civilisation 11. The new global middle class 12. The emergence of women 13. The guiding principles 14. The choice
Michael E. Porter, Professor, Harvard Business School The Long Boom is not only a perceptive commentary on the economic changes of the past two decades, but distils the essential elements needed for sustained global prosperity. The book will help us all interpret the significance of unfolding events and chart a course for policy makers. It is scenario planning at its best - revealing, holistic and provocative. Robert D. Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs The Long Boom provides a compelling and optimistic vision of the world's future. It is a brilliant and fresh commentary on the prosperous future that is ours to shape as we enter the new millennium.
About Peter Schwartz
Peter Schwartz is the co-founder and chair of the influential international think-tank Global Business Network which specialises in corporate scenario planning for Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in London. Peter Leyden is the former managing editor of Wired magazine and has written widely on technology and economic change for a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Guardian. Joel Hyatt teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.