The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

by Al Gore
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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679644309
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 534,217
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Former vice president Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice. He served eight years as vice president. He authored the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Reader1976 More than 1 year ago
I am delighted to see this new book from Al Gore. His leadership on these issues, despite so many attacks orchestrated and directed at him, has been inspiring to me personally. This effort is a great contribution to critically important discussion and decision making at this time in history. I'd caution any good folks looking at "reviews" here to realize that there are many people and groups on a mission of pure hatred against Mr. Gore. People threatened for whatever reason by his leadership. I don't know if B&N can moderate the so called "reviews" that will be coming in from people who are just taking another opportunity to malign this good man. Ignore them and read the book.
popscipopulizer More than 1 year ago
*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Monday, February 11. Our world is becoming increasingly integrated and complex, and changing faster and faster. Out of the morass of elements involved here, Al Gore identifies 6 themes or factors that are emerging as the major drivers of change. The factors are 1) Work: the movement of labor from West to East (outsourcing); and, at the same time, a shift towards much more automation (robosourcing); 2) Communications: the rise of the internet that has led to a wild proliferation of information, and the ability of the world’s population to instantly connect with one another for a host of purposes—and the increasing reach of the internet from the developed to the developing world; 3) Power: the shifting of power from West to East; and, at the same time, the shifting of power from national governments to smaller players, such as businesses and corporations, but also rogue players, such as guerrilla and terror organizations; 4) Demographics: the enormous increase in the world’s population, and the movement of peoples both within and across national borders (as the result of numerous factors); 5) Biotechnology: the increasing manipulation of DNA to produce not only new organisms with novel features, but new materials and fuels as well, and 6) Climate Change: the increase in world temperatures caused by the continuing build-up of CO2, as well as the numerous other climate effects that this entails. While several of these drivers of change have the potential to bring great benefits to the world’s people, all are fraught with potential dangers, and it is this that is Gore’s focus in the book. This, as well as Gore’s own advice as to how best to deal with the potential dangers. Regardless of our political views, Gore’s book does contain a lot of very interesting information about the world today, and the forces that are guiding change. It is of value to anyone who is interested in gaining a big-picture view of what is going on now, and where the world is potentially heading. It should be noted, though, that Gore is very single-minded (unduly, I believe) in what he believes are the solutions to the world’s problems. They virtually always involve government interference and regulation. In other words, they are fully top-down. Gore gives very short shrift to the potential of bottom-up solutions (and is rather black and white in his thinking), which, I believe, is a major shortcoming of the book. Again, though, a worthwhile read no matter our political views. A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Monday, February 11; a podcast discussion of the book will be available shortly thereafter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I suspect VP Gore sold his network to raise money for the coming cause, I wanted answers to a lot of these questions Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of Right Wingers making comments here, that have obviously not read the book, or just don't get it, or obviously, just do not care. Al is a visionary man, and I haven't read anything that we haven't been saying for some time. It's too bad that our politicians are driven by the big money they get from special interests, or we might be focusing on solving these issues. It saddens me to think about the world we are leaving for our children, and grandchildren...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very precient book from someone who understands our world. Don't let politics keep you from exploring this amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Algore had mentioned the Six important Drivers for Global Change Coined the "Earth Inc" which has lot of insights Really worth Reading! :-) Thanks & Regards, Vijay
Anonymous 9 months ago
Gore; blathering idiot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much for everythings free. Nit that i want to read it anyway i just want to mock al gor
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Great information.
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It help me to know am oin to do in mylife
Archaeopteryx More than 1 year ago
The guy is just brilliant. You need to read this.
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This is john. I like somone at school but i cant get enough gut to tell her. Waht shoud i do?
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I need help i just found out my gf was cheating what do i do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More nonsense from a scheming rich wacko. How those 100 million oil bucks holding out for "Holler for a Dollar" Gore? The Jimmy Swaggart of global warming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly suspect that none of the commenters to date-none- has actually read the book. I found the book very difficult to plow through, although it is heavily annotated. Would serve well as a reference book for further research and exploration. Please note that it is extremely speculative. It supports a global universe which ignores the fact that excessive government regulation, crony capitalism, complex governmental structures and politics itself ( which often does not make good policy), may have had a hand in creating the "bad" which exists with the "good" in many of the issues he addresses including healthcare, energy, and other environmental issues. Not highly readable, however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sales rank= 572. That makes me happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't like it just say so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a gift so I tried to read but all I could thinks about that he makes fools of all of us as he goes to the bank! I'm embarrassed that I used to admired him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The former VP continues to grift the public with his climate change alarmism. I totally agree we should be good stewards of our planet. But Mr. Gore continues his do as I say not as I do sham as he laughs all the way to the bank. He travels the world in private jets, owns a home that by some accounts uses 20X's the energy of the average US home, sells his failing t.v. network to an oil kingdom, and does so prior to tax laws changing, saving himself millions as he screams for the wealthy to pay their "fair share". Al Gore is an elite in the mold of politburo members. They drove around in their big vehicles as Ivan Q. Public walked or took a bus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just threw up in my mouth. Al Jazeera Gore is a fat fiction pimp.