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Title:
Age of discovery : navigating the risks and rewards of our new renaissance / Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna.
ISBN:
9781250085092
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Physical Description:
xiv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
What's past is prologue -- Part I. The facts of a renaissance age -- The new world -- New tangles -- Vitruvian man -- Part II. Flourishing genius -- Copernican revolutions -- Cathedrals, believers and doubt -- Part III. Flourishing risk -- The pox is spreading, Venice is sinking -- Bonfires and belonging -- Part IV. The contest for our future -- David.
Abstract:
The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact - and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how. Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others - and make us all more vulnerable to one another. Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace. That's why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we're headed. To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognize: we've been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratized communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery. Now is the second Renaissance. We can still flourish - if we learn from the first.
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The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact--and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others--and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace. That's why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we're headed.

To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognize: we've been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratized communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance. We can still flourish--if we learn from the first.


Author Notes

Ian Goldin is a professor and the director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He was Vice President of the World Bank from 2003-2006. Formerly, he was Chief Executive and Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela.

Chris Kutarna is a Sauv#65533; Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. An expert on international politics and economics, he was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, then entrepreneur, and is now involved in projects across Asia, North America and Europe.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Mapsp. xv
1 To Flounder or Flourish?p. 1
The moment we're in
The past is prologue
The way forward
Good housekeeping
Part I The Facts of a Renaissance Age
2 The New Worldp. 15
New maps
New media
3 New Tanglesp. 39
Trade
Finance
People
Technology
Beyond "connected"
4 Vitruvian Manp. 69
From misery to middle class
A new golden age
Why now?
Tarnish on a golden age
Fresh stains
Glimpsing greatness
Part II Flourishing Genius
5 Copernican Revolutionsp. 105
Paradigm shifts
New shifts
The formula for flourishing genius
6 Cathedrals, Believers and Doubtp. 141
Collective efforts
Collective doubt
Four reasons to believe
Reasons to fear
Part III Flourishing Risk
7 The Pox Is Spreading, Venice Is Sinkingp. 173
The downside of linking up
Too complex to unravel, too concentrated to keep safe
New poxes
Merchants of destruction
Taking nothing for granted
8 Bonfires and Belongingp. 203
Empowered prophets
New bonfires
When the mainstream divides
The price of a broken bargain
Part IV The Contest for our Future
9 Davidp. 235
Mitigate flourishing genius
Mitigate flourishing risk
Goliath
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 296

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