Futurewise: Six Faces of Global Change by Patrick Dixon

March 2011

Futurewise: Six Faces of Global Change
by Patrick Dixon

Futurewise: Six Faces of Global Change by Patrick DixonSummary

Patrick Dixon has a brilliant understanding of what is going on and what is going to happen and he spells it out in very clear language. Reading this book brings a refreshing perspective to it all. He breaks down how the future will be using the anachronism: Fast / Urban / Tribal / Universal / Radical / Ethical. Foreign aid as imperialism, another Chernobyl by 2030, clean fuels, transcontinental smog, global trade unions, money markets dominating nations, internet TV, information apartheid, a “new big idea”, urbanised China – already lots of it is happening.

Reading this book makes one feel excited about (and better prepared for) the challenges that will come. One also feels assured that in spite of the turbulence that this stuff will bring, life will continue; it is a great antidote to the histrionic dramatics that newsprint media enjoys.

There isn’t any mention of sport, and Dixon reckons that people will go for Global Hypercolor style glow-when-you-sweat clothing, which is difficult to see being repeated in a very long while, but for the most part the book talks a lot of sense.

See the big picture, see it coming and enjoy the ride!

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