Former CEO and popular TED speaker Margaret Heffernan offers powerful and practical tools so you can face the future with confidence and courage.
Most of us are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Tomorrow remains uncharted territory, but Margaret Heffernan demonstrates how we can push aside uncertainty and forge ahead with agility.
Drawing on a wide array of people and places, Uncharted traces long-term projects that shrewdly evolved over generations to meet the unpredictable challenges of every new age. Heffernan also looks at radical exercises and experiments that redefined standard practices by embracing different perspectives and testing fresh approaches. Preparing to confront a variable future provides the antidote to passivity and prediction.
Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this refreshing book challenges us to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.
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Table of Contents
Part I Prediction Addiction
Chapter 1 False Profits 3
Chapter 2 Does History Repeat Itself? 27
Chapter 3 Flukes and Mutations 45
Part II What Would You Do If You Were Free?
Chapter 4 No Available Datasets 81
Chapter 5 Go Fast, Go Far 115
Chapter 6 Think Like an Artist 139
Chapter 7 Cathedrals 163
Part III Life Happens
Chapter 8 Simple, Not Easy 193
Chapter 9 Who Wants to Live Forever? 223
Chapter 10 Be Prepared 245