According to Kotler: The World's
Foremost Authority on Marketing Answers Your Questions
by Philip Kotler. American Management Association. 2005. 168 pages.
Paperback. Philip Kotler's marketing genius has been distilled here in an
easily accessible format that addresses such questions as what the marketing
department of the future will look like, and what marketing strategies make
sense during a recession. According to Kotler is a must-have guide for anyone
with something to sell. Check
Organization: Reclaiming Integrity, Restoring Trust
by John Marchica. Davies-Black Publishing. 2004. 199 pages.
Without legislation or litigation, what will it take to drive an organization
to be both principled and profitable? Entrepreneur Marchica profiles dozens
of companies that combine integrity, accountability, and trust with
successful results. Topics covered include leadership, communication,
conflict resolution, and risk; includes a futuring exercise. Check
Business and Economic Forecasting for
the Information Age: A Critical Approach
by A. Reza Hoshmand. Quorum Books.
2002. 321 pages.
A textbook on forecasting for business and economics students and professors.
Informative and scholarly, this book details techniques of business
forecasting with an emphasis on information technology, including data
collection, analysis, and modeling. Includes review questions, references,
suggested readings, and Web resources. Check
Trends and Technologies to Shape Our World
by Ian Pearson and Michael Lyons.
Spiro Press. 2003. 232 pages.
Long-time British Telecommunications futurist-in-residence Pearson offers
uniquely insightful forecasts on new opportunities emerging from a range of
technological breakthroughs. Covers pervasive computing, electronic cash,
artificial intelligence, network communities, and much more. Check
Chaotics: An Agenda
for Business and Society in the 21st Century
by Georges Anderla, Anthony Dunning, and Simon Forge. Praeger. 1997. 224
pages. Paperback. The real world cannot be understood in terms of
conventional deterministic philosophies; a new discipline is needed that
recognizes the implications of complexity for everyday living, from the
concept of employment to our relationship with the environment. This book
applies the concept of chaotics to business and wealth creation. Check
Century: The Rising Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the Global Economy, the
Balance of Power, and Your Job
by Oded Shenkar. Wharton
2004. 191 pages.
is the twenty-first century's new economic superpower. China's rise
will transform global politics, the global economy, and societies worldwide.
Business professor Shenkar reveals how China is coming to dominance,
what it means to you, and what you must do to position yourself for
tomorrow's new realities. Check price/buy book.
The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity
by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder. Collins. 2007. 308 pages.
The Clean Tech Revolution, authors Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder of the
firm Clean Edge identify the major forces that have pushed clean tech from
back-to-the-earth utopian dream to its current revolution among the inner
circles of corporate boardrooms, on Wall Street trading floors, and in
government offices around the globe. By highlighting eight major clean-tech
sectors--solar energy, wind power, biofuels and biomaterials, green
buildings, personal transportation, the smart grid, mobile applications, and
water filtration--they show how investors, entrepreneurs, and individuals can
profit from this next wave of technological innovation. Pernick and Wilder
discuss the winners among technologies, companies, and regions that are
likely to reap the greatest benefits from clean tech. Check price/buy book.
Competitive Intelligence: Scanning the Global Environment
by Robert Salmon
and Yolaine de Linares. Economica. 1999. 196 pages. Paperback.
Authors Robert Salmon, former vice president of L'Oreal, and researcher
Yolaine de Linares show how to decipher the signals we receive that
foreshadow risks and opportunities ahead. Check price/buy
Corporate Radar: Tracking the
Forces That Are Shaping Your Future
by Karl Albrecht. AMACOM. 2000. 258 pages.
Successful businesses must know what's going on in the worlds of their
customers, suppliers, and competitors, as well as more general trends in
technology, the economy, and society. This pragmatic book offers business
leaders the tools used by professional futurists, such as environmental
scanning, and analyzes such trends as changing customer values, the rise of
"intangible" economies, Internet myths, and much more. Check price/buy
Cyberunion: Empowering Labor Through Computer Technology
by Arthur B.
Shostak. M.E. Sharpe. 1999. 262 pages. Paperback.
Organized labor unions are building a new model of organization based on
increasingly creative and effective use of computers. Labor educator and
sociologist Arthur Shostak examines this new model, the
"cyberunion," drawing on essays by rank-and-file union members who
are using computers to help the labor movement renew its voice—and its ears. Check price/buy
by Eric Von
Hippel. MIT Press. 2005. 204 pages.
We see it more and more every day: customers, consumers, users, are getting smarter and more
restless. They're inserting themselves into the production process; they're
conspiring in open-source chat rooms; they're designing the products they
themselves want to buy. Managers in the new, user-centric environment have
two options, run and hide, or embrace this new trend for what it isa
revolution. "Von Hippel has written the essential twenty-first century
handbook on innovation. Business leaders who rely on organic growth will find
his concepts and techniques extremely valuable," writes Roger Lacey,
staff vice president of eBusiness and Corporate Planning and Strategy, 3M. Check price/buy
The Disposable American:
Layoffs and Their Consequences
Uchitelle. Knopf. 2006. 283 pages.
Two decades ago, layoffs were seen as a sign of corporate failure and a
violation of acceptable business behavior. Over the years, the permanent
separation of people from their jobs, abruptly and against their wishes, has
become standard management practice. Award-winning New York Times
writer Uchitelle sees this as a festering crisis. In The Disposable
American, he examines the myths that have allowed for the situation to
perpetuate itself and suggests solutions to this worsening situation. Check price/buy
Doing Nothing Is Not an Option!
Facing the Imminent Labor Crisis
by Robert K. Critchley. Thomson. 2004. 208 pages.
As the workforce ages and the number of people older than 65 surpasses the
number of children, a labor shortage is inevitable. Workplace consultant
Critchley presents the facts and statistics of the aging workforce and their
implications for employers. This book helps companies strategize on how to attract
the best future leaders in a shrinking labor supply by pointing out the value
of older workers. The author offers tips and tactics for phased retirement
and rehiring, as well as how to effectively leverage the strengths of older
workers. Check price/buy
The Dream Society:How the Coming Shift from Information to Imagination Will
Transform Your Business
by Rolf Jensen.
McGraw-Hill. 1999. 230 pages. Paperback
The Information Age has dramatically transformed the world's economy, but an
even more radical shift is under way: the "dream" society, built on
imagination and storytelling. Businesses will increasingly focus on touching
the emotional side of customers for their future products and services, and
marketing will increasingly become a process of engaging people through
stories, myths, and legends. This book by a leading Danish futurist offers a
clear blueprint for positioning your business for this new era. Check price/buy
Driving Growth Through Innovation
by Robert B.
Tucker. Berrett-Koehler. 2002. 240 pages.
Today's leading firms are transforming their futures through innovation. This
book contains many success stories, including Citigroup, Royal/Dutch Shell,
and Tyson Foods, and offers insight on what a strong innovation strategy can
do for your organization. Check price/buy
Early Warning: Using Competitive Intelligence to Anticipate
Market Shifts, Control Risk, and Create Powerful Strategies
by Ben Gilad.
AMACOM. 2004. 268 pages.
Business disaster can strike when market realities outpace a company's
strategy. Intelligence expert Gilad offers a way to avoid disaster: a
three-part competitive early-warning system that combines strategic planning,
competitive intelligence, and management action. Using myriad examples of
successes and failures, Gilad reveals how a powerful strategy can make any
company dominant, while failure to heed early warning signs can shake any
market Goliath to its foundation. Check price/buy
Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
by Hazel Henderson. Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 2007. 300 pages.
In this companion to the PBS television series of the same name, renowned
futurist Henderson delivers an overview of the emerging green economy. Topics
include fair trade, community investing, shareholder activism, and global
corporate citizenship. Ethical Markets also contains in-depth
interviews with some of the forward-looking CEOs who are leading the green
revolution in business. Check Price/Buy Book
Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New
Technologies for Innovation
by Stefan H.
Press. 2003. 307 pages.
Harvard Business School
professor Thomke examines technological innovations making an impact on the
business world. His book explores why experimentation matters, new
technologies for experimentation, how those technologies function in the
workplace, and how to unlock their secrets for future business potential.
Thomke introduces six principles for managing experimentation and offers ways
for managers and entrepreneurs to extend experimentation capabilities beyond
their organization. Check price/buy
The 50-Plus Market: Why the
Future Is Age-Neutral When It Comes to Marketing & Branding Strategies
by Dick Stroud.
Kogan Page. 2006. 320 pages.
Marketing strategist Dick Stroud attempts to answer numerous questions on
marketing effectively to consumers over the age of 50, such as what new
marketing rules may apply to them, wether the willingness to try new brands
changes with age, how interactive media could play a role in marketing to
this group, and, most importantly, whether the future is really age-neutral. Check price/buy
Five Minds for the Future
Gardner. Harvard Business School Press. 2007. 204 pages. Paperback.
Drawing from a wealth of diverse examples to illuminate his ideas, Harvard
University psychologist Gardner attempts to define the cognitive abilities
that will command a premium in the years ahead: the disciplinary mind, the
synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical
mind. The book is intended for anyone charged with training and developing organizational
leaders-both today and tomorrow. Check Price/Buy Book
Future, Inc. : How Businesses Can Anticipate and
Profit from What's Next
by Eric Garland. AMACOM. 2006. 256 pages.
Eric Garland a professional futurist and adviser to executives at top
corporations and government agencies, here provides many practical techniques
for a wide range of businesses and industries in order for them to foresee
their futures. He offers specific methodologies to assess how the business
environment is changing, and which changes are relevant. "How can we
overcome the systemic indifference to the mid and long-term future? Garland’s
book can be a giant step in that direction," writes consulting futurist
Joseph F. Coates. Check price/buy book.
in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out
by Douglas Rushkoff. HarperCollins. 2005. 336 pages.
In this wide-ranging new book, best-selling author and futurist Douglas
Rushkoff argues that the era of all out-of-the-box thinking is distracting
too many businesses from their core competencies. The result is too many
businesses relying too much on consultants, market research, and competitive
bluster. The real promise of our networked era is realized not by perpetually
adopting new themes and processes, but by tackling a more fundamental
challenge: reinvigorating the work itself. Check price/buy book.
Getting To The Better
Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing: How Business Can Lead the Way to New
by John E. Renesch. New Business Books. 2000. 133 pages. Paperback.
Futurist John Renesch contends that business possesses more power—and more
responsibility—than ever before and has the unprecedented opportunity to
create a better future for the world. This book presents a vision of a
win-win world created by leaders of conscience. Check price/buy book.
The Globalization of Nothing
by George Ritzer. Pine Forge Press. 2003. 259 pages.
Globalization has led to a world of nullities: non-people, non-places,
non-commodities, non-services—generic things (or nothings) devoid of
distinctive substantive content. The systems that led to this culture of
nothingness and that keep it in place are the subjects of this compelling
volume. Sociologist Ritzer explores corporations imposing their standards on
vast geographic areas (grobalization);
dehumanization, disenchantment, and consumption; and such institutions as
McDonalds, WalMart, Walt Disney World, and the American mall. Check price/buy book.
The Halo Effect: And The Eight Other Business Delusions
That Deceive Managers
by Phil Rosenzweig. The Free Press. 2007. 232 pages.
The "halo effect," according to Rosenzweig, is the popular delusion
that, when its sales and profits are up, a company has a sound strategy and a
visionary leader, and vice versa. Drawing on examples from leading companies
including Cisco Systems, IBM, Nokia, and ABB, Rosenzweig discusses how the
halo effect along with eight other delusions and offers ways to replace
mistaken thinking with a sharper understanding of what drives business
success and failure. Check Price/Buy
The Future of Hospitality and Travel
by Marvin Cetron, Fred DeMicco, and Owen Davies. Prentice Hall. 2005. 352
pages. Paperback. Booming economies could boost profits for the world's
leisure-industry enterprises such as hotels and restaurantsunless the
threat of terrorism continues to discourage tourism and business travel. This
important new look at the major trends shows how to identify those that will
have the greatest impacts on business. Check price/buy book.
Arriving: How This Economic Powerhouse Is Redefining Global Business
by Rafiq Dossani. AMACOM. 2007.
After gaining independence in 1947, India enjoyed a new sense of freedom,
and, along with it, faced enormous burdens and challenges. A rich and
powerful country, India has become a global power, a center of outsourcing,
and a potential partner with the United States. From the country's thriving
film industry to its burgeoning high-tech industry as well as its attempts to
stabilize its economy, India Arriving offers a glimpse into the "real
India," with all of its assets and all of its faults. Author Rafiq
Dossani explores India's reemergence onto the world stage, its birth as an
independent nation, and how political shifts, social reform, and education
have helped to shape a new India. Check price/buy book
The Insider's Guide to The Future: A Preview of What Life
Will Be Like over the Next 20 Years
by Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown. Boardroom Books. 1997.
Approx. 120 pages.
The authors of Supermanaging, Office Biology, and other books on the impacts
of future trends on business here offer their insights on the emergence of a
new society, called the "Emotile Society"—blending emotions and
mobility. In this new economy, knowledge will be the greatest economic asset,
but it will be limited by time: Information that is incredibly valuable one
moment will be worthless the next. Check price/buy book.
Advantage: How Intangibles are Driving Business Performance
by Jonathan Low and Pam Cohen Kalafut. Perseus
Publishing. 2002. 259 pages.
Fully one-third of an organization's value is based on elements that cannot
be seen—"intangibles." Business management researchers Low and
Kalafut identify 12 intangibles for managing your business and selling your
products, including brand equity, reputation, intellectual capacity, and
adaptability. They also offer strategies for developing intangibles and
succeeding in a business world where their importance is increasing. Check price/buy
Is the American Dream Killing
You: How "The Market" Rules Our Lives
by Paul Stiles. Harper Collins. 2005. 305 pages.
The free-market system, for all the good it has done, has taken a turn for
the worse over the past 20 years, according to Stiles. For those who struggle
to hold a job, raise a family, or find a decent standard of living, the free
market has become a predatory institution. Market values have replaced
cherished American morals. Leisure has been sacrificed to productivity,
quality time to extra hours. It turns out that strong markets, such as those
in the United States, may
be as dehumanizing and spiritually detrimental as the weak markets of the
former Soviet Union. According to Stiles,
the promise of the American Dream has created misery for many of its greatest
beneficiaries. The challenge for the future, he says, is to find better
balance in our lives and in our economy. Check price/buy
Lean And Meaningful: A New Culture for Corporate America
by Roger E. Herman and Joyce L. Gioia. Oak Hill Press. 1998. 388 pages.
Workers have new expectations, and employers who don't meet those
expectations may be doomed to extinction. This book explores a wide range of
trends and shows managers how to prepare their organizations for future
success. Check price/buy
Leisure and Leisure Services in the 21st Century: Toward
Godbey. Venture Publishing. 2006. 273 pages.
According to leisure studies expert Geoffrey Godbey, recreation is being
reinvented across the globe. It would follow that the organizations that
provide a broad array of recreation, park, sport, cultural, therapeutic,
tourism, hospitality, hotel, restaurant, and other "leisure
services" are also in a period of change. This book presents 66
discussion topics to prompt readers to investigate trends that could
influence leisure and leisure services. Check price/buy
Making it Personal: How to
Profit from Personalization without Invading Privacy
Kasanoff. Perseus Publishing. 2005. 240 pages.
Although the idea frightens privacy advocates, personalizationacquiring
information about consumers to better market to themis
revolutionizing business and will continue to do so for years to come, says
Kasanoff. The choice is clear: Swim with the current or go against and drown.
In Making it Personal,
marketing consultant Kasanoff offers an insider's view into the business
practices of data collection firms, spotlights pioneers who are inventing new
personalization technologies, showcases the myriad possibilities for
personalization, and explores the legal boundaries that protect privacy but
that allow for better customer service through personalization. Check price/buy
Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism: Seven New
trends That Will Transform How You Work, Live and Invest
by Patricia Aburdene. Hampton
Roads. 218 pages.
In Megatrends 2010, Aburdene (co-author with John Naisbitt of various
bestsellers under the Megatrends title) strikes out on her own to explain the
major changes taking place in the business world. She describes a growing
movement within the corporate community to increased responsibilitytoward
shareholders, the public, and the future. According to Aburdene, managers are
already reaping rewards from the 63 million "conscious consumers"
who buy from companies that reflect their values. Megatrends 2010 celebrates the demise of business as usual
and celebrates the birth of conscious capitalism. Check price/buy
Must-Win Battles: How to Win Them, Again and Again
by Peter Killing
and Thomas Malnight, with Tracey Keys. Wharton School
Publishing. 2006. 252 pages.
The authors, business strategy consultants, argue that, while setting goals
and new initiatives are good for organizations, far too many organizations
have too many initiatives. The result is organizations that lack focus. In Must-Win
Battles, the authors attempt to show readers how to create agreement on
critical challenges and how to mobilize and achieve those by combining
strategic focus with emotional commitmenta process for learning to do
fewer things, and doing them better. Check price/buy
Navigating the Badlands:
Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation
by Mary O'Hara-Devereaux. Jossey-Bass. 2004. 332 pages.
Business forecaster O'Hara-Devereaux shows how organizations can hone their
competitive edge in the age of turbulent stock markets, worker migration, and
the overhaul of traditional strategic-planning methods. This how-to for
business survival and success uses illustrative stories from a wide variety
of industries, geographic areas, and organizations as models for moving
forward in today's unforgiving business climate. Check price/buy
The New Rules of Corporate
Conduct: Rewriting the Social Charter
by Ian Wilson. Quorum. 2000. 213 pages.
Corporate social responsibility can no longer be relegated to public
relations, but must be an integral part of the corporate strategy, argues Ian
Wilson, an international management consultant and authority on strategic
management. This book provides a detailed analysis of the new rules of
corporate conduct—covering legitimacy, equity, ethics, and other key
issues—and outlines an agenda of workable corporate responses to these new
rules. Comment: An eye-opener for those who believe that a corporation exists
only to make a profit for its shareholders." —Edward Cornish, president,
World Future Society. Check price/buy
The Past and Future of America's Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth
Atkinson. Edward Elgar. 2005. 357 pages. Paperback.
Throughout American history, cycles of economic and technological change have
fundamentally altered the way people work, the scope of U.S. policy, and the way we lives. Robert D. Atkinson, vice president and director of
the Technology and New Economy Project at the Progressive Policy Institute,
examines this process of change over the past 150 years and explores the
responses of people and institutions. He then examines the New Economy's
effects on workers, governance, technology, and markets. Check price/buy
Peripheral Vision: Detecting Weak Signals That Will Make or
Break Your Company
by George S. Day
and Paul J.H. Schoemaker. Harvard
Press. 2006. 256 pages.
What happens when a company ignores the events unfolding at the edges of its
business? These "signals on the periphery" can grow into a major problems, or they could signal lost
opportunities. In this volume, Day and Schoemaker, affiliated with the Mack Center
for Technological Innovation, offer steps for improving peripheral vision in
Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen
Coming and How to Prevent Them
by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins. Harvard Business
School Press. 2004. 317
Many personal, professional, and global surprises can be predicted and
avoided. Using lessons learned from Enron and the disasters of September 11,
2001, the authors identify some of the characteristics of surprise, explore
the techniques that can help managers and business people recognize and
mitigate them, and ultimately result in prosperity and success in an organization.
Topics include bias, special interests, identifiable threats, and preventable
actions. Check price/buy
The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability
for Competitive Advantage
by Yossi Sheffi. MIT Press. 2005. 368 pages.
The Resilient Enterprise
shows companies how to reduce their vulnerabilities. Sheffi asserts that
companies can assess their vulnerabilities by answering three basic questions:
What can go wrong? What is the likelihood of that happening? What are the
consequences if that does happen? Readers will learn how companies from Toyota to Chiquita
planned for (or failed to plan for) disruptions. Check price/buy
Economy: The Greatest New Growth Frontier
by Storm Cunningham. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 2002. 434 pages.
Restorative development will soon account for most development on the planet,
says analyst Storm Cunningham. This intriguing volume explores restoring the
natural and the built environments and the potential for business and
government that goes hand in hand with renewal. Check price/buy
Revolt in the Boardroom: The New Rules of Power in
by Alan Murray.
Collins. 2007. 247 pages.
In 2004, the leaders of 600 companies were asked to leave. That number more
than doubled in 2005 and reached 1,400 companies in 2006. Murray, the
assistant managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, looks at three
seminal board revolts--the now-famous Hewlett-Packard drama, the ousting of
Boeing's Harry Stonecipher, and the end of the reign of one of the world's
most autocratic executives, Hank Greenberg at AIG--to show how the role of
the CEO is rapidly changing. Check price/buy
Revolutionary Wealth: How It Will Be Created
and How it Will Change Our Lives
by Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Knopf. 2006. Approx. 512 pages.
Future Shock authors Alvin and Heidi Toffler tackle everything from
family life, jobs, time pressures, and the mounting complexity of everyday
life to cast light on the future of wealth, visible and invisible, that will
redesign our lives, companies, and the world in the years ahead. Chapters
include "Capitalism's Future," "Poverty," "China's
Next Surprise?" "The 'Prosumer' Economy,"
and "Tomorrow's Oil." Check price/buy
Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New
Science of Ideas
by Richard Ogle.
Harvard Business School Press. 2007. 303 pages.
Harnessing creativity means more than hiring quirky geniuses, argues Ogle.
Rather, creativity lies in the connections between people, and harnessing it
means understanding that networks give rise to creativity. In Smart World,
Ogle outlines "a new science of ideas." The key resides in what
he calls "idea-spaces," a set of nodes in a network of people (and
their ideas) that cohere and take on a distinctive set of characteristics
leading to the generation of breakthrough ideas. Ogle's theories are
illuminated with stories of dramatic breakthroughs in science, business, and
art. Check price/buy
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success
by Karl Albrecht. Pfeiffer. 304 pages.
Management consultant and futurist Karl Albrecht defines social intelligence
(SI) as a combination of sensitivity to the needs and interests of others,
sometimes called "social radar," an attitude of generosity and
consideration, and a set of practical skills for interacting successfully
with people in any setting. In this book, Albrecht provides a comprehensive
model for describing, assessing, and developing social intelligence at a personal
level. This book is filled with concepts, examples, and strategies designed
to help readers navigate social situations more successfully. Check price/buy book.
A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America: A
Hard Look at Spirituality, Religion, and Values in the Workplace
by Ian I. Mitroff and Elizabeth A. Denton. Jossey-Bass. 1999. 320 pages.
Survey of spiritual beliefs and practices among managers and executives,
examining strengths and weaknesses of five different models of workplace
spirituality. Check price/buy
Sustained Innovation: Converging Business and Technology to
Achieve Enduring Performance
by Faisal Hoque and Terry A. Kirkpatrick. BTM Press. 2007. 160 pages.
Sustained innovation requires a seamless, structured management approach that
begins with board and CEO-level issues and connects all the way through
technology investment and implementation. Using case studies from large
companies, social enterprises, and the government sector, the authors show
how enterprises can innovate to survive and even thrive in the
knowledge-based global community. In search of innovation, the book takes
readers from the doorsteps of American corporate giants to the home of the
Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, from R&D centers in Israel to India's new
economy, from the enterprising government of Algeria to the inspiring operations
of Grameen in remote villages of Bangladesh. Check price/buy
Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games
of Chicago Press. 2005.
The world of online video games has evolved from the exclusive domain of
computer geeks into a lucrative staple of the entertainment industry. Synthetic
Worlds offers a comprehensive look at the big business of online gaming
and explores the potential ramifications for business and culture. Check price/buy
Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the
Transformation of Business and Society
by William E. Halal. Palgrave MacMillan. 2008. 183 pages. Read Review
A technological revolution is changing business, society, and what it means to be human in today’s world, says technology consultant Halal. He forecasts where this revolution is headed, citing his own studies and those of 100 other experts, on what the next three decades will see in biogenetics, e-commerce, the environment, robotics, and
many other fields.
Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Consumer
by Michael J. Silverstein. Portfolio Books. 2006. 272 pages.
Silverstein, co-author of the book Trading Up, explores how
middle-income consumers have gotten better than ever at finding cheap
products in some categoriesincluding basics like razorsto
free up cash to buy more expensive goods in other categories–such as
chocolate or apparel. Some companies, according to Silverstein, get
caught trying play to either the low end or the high end, while others, like
General Motors, get trapped in the middle. In this book, Silverstein
endeavors to tell them how they all take advantage of the treasure hunt
consumer phenomenon. Check price/buy
Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and
Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Futures
by Glen Hiemstra. John Wiley & Sons. 2006. 226 pages. Read Review
Glen Hiemstra is the founder of Futurist.com and a noted expert on emerging
business opportunities. This book covers a wide range of what businesses and
individuals need to know to shape their futures. Key topics discussed include
long-term trends to prepare for such as global warming, profiting from
technology and energy trends, hedging your bets on future business, key
practices of the future-oriented enterprise, tactics for forecasting the
future, and shaping your career for future success. Check price/buy
Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life
edited by Jay Walljasper, John Spayde, and the editors of Utne Reader. New
Society. 2001. 307 pages. Paperback.
Profiles of future-minded activists around the globe, including scientists,
business leaders, physicians, poets, and other catalysts for change. Check price/buy
What's Next? Exploring the New Terrain for Business
by Eamonn Kelly, Peter Leyden, and members of Global Business Network.
Perseus Publishing. 2002. 368 pages.
An inspiring and thought-provoking guide to ideas, concepts, and forces
influencing business in the next decade—an era of increasing uncertainty and
opportunity. Explores a range of fields through interviews with many of the
Global Business Network's key thinkers, offering multiple perspectives on the
future that go beyond prescriptions and predictions to possibilities. Check price/buy
What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons
by Tachi Kiuchi
and Bill Shireman. Berrett-Koehler. 2002. 256 pages.
The authors, a CEO of a major corporation and an environmentalist, use
real-life examples to illustrate a powerful business model for driving
innovation, increasing profit, spurring growth, and ensuring sustainability
based on nature. Check price/buy
Where the Action Is: Today and Tomorrow
by McKinley Conway. Conway Data. 2007. 336 pages. Paperback.
The world business community today consists of truly global firms, somewhat global
firms, and non-global firms. In the first group there are several thousand
corporations, mostly large ones, that have been globalized for some time. The
tens of thousands of mid-size and small firms in the second group are already
planning foreign ventures. For every one of these globally active groups
there are probably 10 good firms interested in operating globally that have
not yet begun to do so, according to development expert Conway. The purpose
of this book is to help medium-sized companies plan their foray into the
expanding international market. Check price/buy
A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Information Age
to the Conceptual Age
by Daniel H. Pink. Riverhead Books. 2005. 260 pages.
Former White House speechwriter Pink offers a look at the changing faceand
brainof success in the twenty-first century. "A highly original,
well-researched, and thoughtful effort to offer practical help for people
caught in the career-wrecking upheavals in today's workplace," writes
World Future Society founder, Edward Cornish. Check price/buy
Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from
a Crisis: 7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster
by Ian Mitroff. AMACOM. 2005. 256 pages.
Crisis management expert Mitroff presents seven competencies that companies
must develop in order to deal with crises. He outlines how to foster
emotional resiliency, creative problem solving, and crucial political and
socials skills, and provides a blueprint for integrating these goals into
daily practice. Subjects include harnessing spirituality, how to be a
responsible troublemaker, and right thinking, integration, and technical
skills. Check price/buy
Wireless Horizon: Strategy and Competition in the Worldwide
by Dan Steinbock. AMACOM. 2003. 494 pages.
Market researcher Steinbock plumbs the depths of the wireless world of mobile
communications, chronicling its rise from the pre-cellular era to
third-generation innovations in Japan’s service industries.
National monopolies, market liberalization, geographic competition, and
digital convergence are among the topics he examines. He also takes a close
look at leading equipment manufacturers Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson, and
Motorola, plus other enablers and service providers such as Microsoft and
Intel. Check price/buy
Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
by Michael Michalko. Ten Speed Press. 1998. 352 pages. Paperback.
Geniuses have a way of thinking that is very different from the rest of us.
Creativity expert Michael Michalko, author of Thinkertoys, here provides a
critical examination of how geniuses think and how their techniques may be
emulated to lead us to new insights and solutions. Check price/buy
The Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox
A Complete Course in the Art of Creating Solutions to Problems of Any Kind
by Richard Fobes. Solutions Through Innovation. 1993. 345 pages. Paperback.
More than 65 powerful creative-problem-solving skills are demonstrated in
real-life examples found in marketing, business management, childrearing, inventing,
education, and more. Check price/buy
Creativity and Innovation
by Brian Clegg. Butterworth-Heinemann. 1999. 113 pages. Paperback.
Generating creative new ideas and solving problems are essential business
drivers. This book provides managers a practical resource for understanding
creativity in a business context and for putting it to use in the real world.
The Creativity Force In
Education, Business, And Beyond: An Urgent Message
by Bernice Bleedorn. Glade Press. 1998. 229 Pages. Paperback.
Practical exploration of how to foster creativity in education, business, the
sciences, and other areas requiring the best that the human mind can offer. Check price/buy
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery
Csikszentmihalyi. HarperCollins. 1996. 456 pages. Paperback.
Many humans aspire to an ideal creative fulfillment like that experienced by
many artists and scientists. Psychologist Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow
and The Evolving Self, profiles many of the world's most interesting and
creative people in the arts, sciences, and public leadership and offers
insights into what makes them tick. Check price/buy
De Bono's Thinking Course (Revised Edition)
by Edward de Bono. Facts On File. 1994. 196 pages. Paperback.
Good thinking skills are critical to our ability to assess future scenarios, such
as a change of government. This unique book offers a host of practical
exercises for improving thinking skills. Check price/buy
Escape From The Maze: Nine Steps to Personal Creativity
by James M. Higgins. New Management. 1997. 252 pages. Illustrated. Paperback.
Business leaders increasingly emphasize innovation as a key ingredient in
achieving future success. The first step is for individuals to acquire
creativity skills. This book tells you how. Check price/buy
The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for
Identifying and Mastering Your Exceptional Gifts
by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen. Ballantine. 1999. 416 pages. Paperback.
You're curious and creative. You're unafraid of rocking the boat in order to
get things done. You push toward perfection and are driven by a personal
mission. If this describes you, you may be a genius, says psychologist
Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, whose clinical experience has convinced her that as
many as 20 million American gifted adults possess enormous untapped
potential. This book offers a practical tool for measuring your
"evolutionary intelligence" and putting your everyday genius into
full gear. Ed. note: originally
published in cloth under the title Liberating
Everyday Genius. Check price/buy book.
The Hidden Intelligence:
Innovation Through Intuition
Weintraub. Butterworth-Heinemann. 1998. 348 pages. Paperback.
This practical book gathers the insights of leading executives and
entrepreneurs to show what intuition is and what it is not. Intuition is an
increasingly significant critical skill for running a successful business,
the author maintains. Check price/buy
The Hothouse Effect: Intensify
Creativity in Your Organization Using Secrets from History's Most Innovative
by Barton Kunstler. AMACOM. 2004. 261 pages.
Creativity expert Kunstler uses the dynamics of diverse communities which
have flourished throughout history, pinpointing the factors that drive their
exceptional fervor and accomplishments, to show how to assess creativity in
your organization. This book provides guidelines for generating
high-performance creative individuals through study of eras of intense
creativity, including classical Greece and the Renaissance. Check price/buy
The Manager's Pocket Guide To
by Alexander Hiam. HRD Press. 1998. 180 pages.
True innovation starts with how you think, not with what you think. This book
offers practical tools and suggestions for creative thinking, including a
checklist of common workplace behaviors that block creativity and a useful
model of the creative thought process that will help you "do"
creative thinking. Check price/buy
The Medici Effect: Breakthrough
Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures
by Frans Johansson. Harvard
Press. 2004. 207 pages.
An exploration of what business scholar Johansson calls the
"Intersection," a place where ideas from different fields and
cultures meet and collide, ultimately leading to exciting new discoveries
equivalent to the burst of ideas in Renaissance Italy. Subjects include
innovation, idea generation, risk-taking, and overcoming fear. Check price/buy
New Ideas About New Ideas:Insights on Creativity from the World's Leading
by Shira P. White with G. Patton Wright. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 317 pages.
Innovation and creativity are essential to business success. Among the more
than 100 creative leaders interviewed for the book are architect Frank Gehry,
violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, glass artist Dale Chihuly, and business
visionaries Paul Allen of Microsoft and John Loose of Corning. Check price/buy
101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques The Handbook
of New Ideas for Business
by James M. Higgins. The New Management Publishing Company. 1994. 223 pages. Illustrated.
Among the alternative idea-generation techniques described are brainstorming,
mind mapping, storyboarding, "lotus blossom," morphological
analysis, and the "Mitsubishi method." Check price/buy
Rousing Creativity: Think New Now!
by Floyd Hurt. Crisp Publications. 1999. 163 pages.
Effective creativity requires more than corporate cheerleading and
participating in games and exercises. It requires us to move from ideas to
plans and actions. This book presents such techniques as Sniper Trap,
Attribute Listing, Opportunity Exploratory Sessions, and Mindmapping, and
offers guidelines for conducting group sessions. Check price/buy
The Seeds of Innovation: Cultivating the Synergy
That Fosters New Ideas
by Elaine Dundon. AMACOM. 2002. 241 pages.
Keeping business ideas fresh and creative is often difficult or impossible.
Innovation guru Dundon explores the seeds of creative, strategic, and
transformational thinking and offers a nine-step process to innovation
designed to invigorate any organization. Check price/buy book
Think Like A Genius: Use Your Creativity in Ways That
Will Enrich Your Life
by Todd Siler. Bantam Books. 1996. 304 pages. Paperback.
"You don't have to be a genius to think like one," proclaims
creativity consultant Todd Siler. Through the process of
"metaphorming"—changing something from one state of matter and
meaning to another—you can foster your own ability to discover, invent,
connect unrelated things, solve problems, depict solutions, enrich the
learning experience, and enhance communication. This book offers a series of
metaphorming exercises to help you lose your fear, avoid cynicism, get
unstuck, and more. Check price/buy
Think Out Of The Box
by Mike Vance
and Diane Deacon. Career Press. 1995. 216 pages. Paperback.
Companies need people who aren't "boxed in" by traditional modes of
thinking. Here are techniques to nurture a creative corporate culture. Check price/buy
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Business Creativity for the '90s
Michalko. Ten Speed Press. 1991. 335 pages. Paperback.
This unique and practical guide shows business people—and anyone else who can
use great ideas—how to dream up new products, new business endeavors, new
markets, and new sales techniques. Check price/buy
Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck
by Michael Michalko. Ten Speed Press. 1994.
56 cards with 61-page instruction booklet.
These idea-stimulating cards promise to help you find new ways to make money,
improve products and services, turn negatives into positives, and become an
indispensable idea-generator for your organization. Check price/buy book.
What If? Thought Experimentation in Philosophy
by Nicholas Rescher. Transaction Publishers. 2005. 189 pages.
The question "what if" expresses the core philosophy of prospective
thinking. The author, a professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburg,
provides a complete overview of the principles of philosophical inquiry, the
Socratic method, and the importance of thought experimentation not only to
the field of philosophy, but also to science and history. What If? will
be of interest to philosophers, students of philosophy, theorists of logic
and reasoning, and anyone who has ever thought of the future as a frontier of
possibility. Check price/buy
Beyond Globalization: Shaping a Sustainable Global
Henderson. Kumarian Press. 1999. 88 pages. Paperback.
Independent futurist Hazel Henderson offers a critique of globalization—a trend
that is creating a bubble economy at the cost of livelihoods at the local
level. This valuable reference includes lists of periodicals and
organizations dealing with global issues, with complete contact information. Check price/buy
Building A Win-Win World: Life
Beyond Global Economic Warfare
by Hazel Henderson. Paperback. Berrett-Koehler. 1996. 398 pages. Paperback.
World-renowned futurist Hazel Henderson examines the havoc that the current
economic system is creating globally. Even as new markets emerge worldwide,
they are running on old textbook models that ignore social and environmental
costs and that will inevitably lead to global economic warfare. Henderson shows how
win-win strategies can bring stability and peace to our future. Check price/buy
The Challenge of Affluence:
Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950
by Avner Offer. Oxford University Press. 2006. 454 pages.
Economic historian Avner Offer argues that an era of unprecedented material
abundance has been accompanied by a range of social and personal disorders:
family breakdown, addiction, mental instability, crime, obesity, inequality,
economic insecurity, and declining trust. Offer's approach draws on economics
and social science, makes use of the latest cognitive research, and provides
a detailed and reasoned critique of the modern consumer society. He
investigates social and personal relations in the United States and Britain,
including the social and psychological costs of inequality. Check price/buy
A Civil Economy: Transforming the Marketplace in
the Twenty-First Century (Evolving Values for a Capitalist World)
of Michigan Press.
2000. 328 pages.
An interdisciplinary examination of how people in three sectors—government,
business, and civil society—can develop a more accountable, self-regulating,
and humane competitive market system. This "civil economy," Bruyn
argues, would reduce costs while minimizing exploitation of resources. Check price/buy
The Coming Generational Storm:
What You Need to Know about America's
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns. The MIT Press. 2004. 274
This is a thorough look at the future generational imbalancemore
seniors than babies by 2030. Personal-finance experts Kotlikoff and Burns
look at the financial consequences of this demographic disparity, including
the potential impacts on Social Security, Medicare, taxes, inflation,
unemployment, and political instability. They also offer some simple,
straightforward solutions to protect individual financial health and
retirement. Check price/buy
Crisis Prevention and Prosperity Management for the
by Ralph C. Bryant. The Brookings Institution Press. 2004.
171 pages. Paperback.
A companion volume to Bryant's innovative book Turbulent Waters: Cross-Border
Finance and International Governance, this well-researched text focuses on
reforming the international financial system and the importance of mediation
in all international lending transactions. Bryant makes the case that the
time has come for nation-states to reexamine how, and why, they lend and
borrow money. Check price/buy
Development in Hindsight: The
Economics of Common Sense
by Peter de
Haan. KIT Publishers. 2006. 183 pages. Paperback.
In Development in Hindsight, economist Peter de Haan explores the
contribution of aid to the economic growth of developing countries and the
effect of globalization on the fight against poverty. He also considers the
role of the state and the market in development and the institutional
dimension of economic growth. Topics include economic development in Latin
America and prospects for reducing world poverty by 2015. Check price/buy
Digital Economics: How Information Technology Has
Transformed Business Thinking
by Richard B. McKenzie. Praeger. 2003. 331 pages.
Economics professor McKenzie examines digital media—books, movies, and music
produced electronically and other innovations in computer and
telecommunications—and their impact on economics. Topics include intellectual
property rights, Web surfing in the workplace, piracy, privacy, and antitrust
issues. A management and policy manual for the new economic era. Check price/buy
Eco-Economy: Building a New Economy for the Environmental Age
by Lester R. Brown. W.W. Norton. 2001. 224 pages. Paperback.
The fossil-fuel-based economy is fast destroying its own environmental
underpinnings and threatening future generations. The founder and chairman of
the Worldwatch Institute here outlines his vision of a new economy powered by
renewable resources and human-centered systems, an economy that recognizes
that a throwaway mentality throws away the future. Check price/buy
The Elephant and the Flea: Reflections of a
by Charles Handy. Harvard
Press. 2002. 256 pages.
Former oil executive, professor, philosopher, and business guru Charles Handy
explores the business and economic trends of the twentieth century and
examines where those trends are heading. Both a poignant personal memoir and
a deep reflection on the past and the future of world capitalism. Check price/buy
The Elusive Quest for Growth:
Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics
Easterly. MIT Press. 2001. 342 pages. Paperback.
How can poor countries attain the standards of living achieved in Europe and North America? Most attempted remedies, such as foreign
aid, have failed. The solution is to apply the fundamental economic principle
of incentives in these efforts. Check price/buy
The Future European Model:
Economic Internationalization and Cultural Decentralization
by J. Ørstrøm
Møller. Praeger. 1995. 136 pages. Paperback.
A well-known Danish futurist and diplomat concludes that culture is the
driving force behind the integration of all European enterprises and will
lead to a new postindustrial age that deemphasizes material things. Check price/buy
The Future of Money
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. 2002. 176 pages.
As cash and coins disappear, the emerging future of money is virtual and
digital. How it will work and what the economic future holds are among this
book's explorations. Check price/buy
The Future of U.S.
by Frederic L.
University Press. 2002.
An in-depth look at the long-term economic, social, cultural, and political
forces shaping the United
States. Writing in nontechnical language,
renowned economist Pryor approaches the future of the U.S. economic
system by examining trends of the last half century and those forces that
will continue to be influential, including the impacts of an aging population
and globalization. A series of appendices focusing on more technical issues
will be of particular interest to specialists. Check price/buy
by Stan Davis
and Christopher Meyer. Harvard
Press. 2000. 201 pages.
Wealth creation in the Information Age has shifted from earned income
(salaries) to unearned income (investments), and much of the control of that
wealth is shifting from institutions to individuals. The authors of Blur
follow up here with a compelling vision of the new economy and how
individuals and organizations can benefit from it. Check price/buy
Global Inc.: An Atlas of Multinational Corporations
by Medard Gabel and Henry Bruner. The New Press. 2003. 165
Do you know where BP, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, or United Parcel Service have holdings? Despite the fact that a handful of
corporate giants control most of the world's energy, technology, food, money,
and media, most people don't know where they are located—or how much they
control. This book, a visual exploration of the history, scale, scope, and
impacts of multinational corporations, maps the statistics of the world's
major companies, including employee numbers, revenue, investments,
subsidiaries, and assets. An essential volume for seeing globalization at a
glance. Check price/buy
Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the
Inequality That Limits Our Lives
by Sam Pizzigati. Apex Press. 2004. 659 pages.
Labor journalist Pizzigati investigates the disparity of wealth in the United States
and the economic, social, environmental, and political consequences of the
growing gap between the very rich and the very poor. This book looks at the
reasons for inequality, the high price we all pay for it, and some
alternatives, including a maximum wage. Check price/buy
Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since
the Eighteenth Century,
by Peter H. Lindert. Cambridge
University Press. 2004.
Economics professor Lindert inquires as to whether social policies that redistribute
income impose constraints on economic growth. Although taxes and transfers
have been debated for centuries, only recently have we been able to obtain a
clear view of the evolution of social spending. Lindert argues that, contrary
to the intuition of many economists and the ideology of many politicians,
social spending has contributed to, rather than inhibited, economic growth. Check price/buy
It's Alive: The Coming
Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business
Meyer and Stan Davis. Crown Publishing Group. 2003. 288 pages.
A startling glimpse into the near future and the emerging economy awaiting
us, this book explores the implications of the science of molecular evolution
as it races out of the laboratory and into the business world. The authors
illustrate how gene mapping and molecular engineering are overtaking and
reshaping the Information Age, making the business world unpredictable,
volatile, and continually adaptive—in a word, alive. Check price/buy
The Limits of Market Organization
edited by Richard R. Nelson. The Russell Sage
Foundation. 2005. 386 Pages.
Economists and policy theorists have long been at odds on questions vital to
our economic future: Does the privatization of public institutions do more
harm than good? Can free market ideology, left unchecked,
result in an environment as oppressive as one of over-regulation? This
remarkable collection of essays offers a fresh perspective and makes the case
for moderation. Check price/buy
A Little Knowledge Is A
Dangerous Thing: Understanding Our Global Knowledge Economy
by Dale Neef.
Butterworth-Heinemann. 1999. 228 pages. Paperback.
In the growing knowledge-based economy, having only a little knowledge has
become dangerous to your future. Economist Dale Neef predicts that the end of
well-paying blue-collar jobs is near in all postindustrial societies and
calls for new policies to reverse the trends leading toward a growing
underclass of underskilled, undereducated citizens. Check price/buy
The Long Boom: A Vision for the
Coming Age of Prosperity
by Peter Schwartz, Peter Leyden, and Joel Hyatt. Perseus Books. 1999. 330
The next century promises a long period of prosperity that will bring
unprecedented freedom and opportunity. Analyzing trends in technology,
economics, politics, and society, Global Business Network chairman Peter
Schwartz and co-authors show how to reorient yourself and your business to
take advantage of the larger forces driving us forward. Check price/buy
Mind Over Technology: Coming Out on Top as a Wired World
Starts to Run on Automatic
by Richard W.
Samson. Global Book Publisher. 2004. 268 pages. Paperback.
Technology is moving into every area of our jobs and lives. It can do our
boring work and let us live like kings, or leave us destitute and dominated.
Samson shows how we can come out on top by outlining techniques to cope with
offshoring, automation, technogreed, media control, social backlash, and
other problems that are affecting people's jobs and lives. Check price/buy
The New Financial
Order: Risk in the Twenty-First Century
by Robert J.
University Press. 2003.
The author of Irrational Exuberance here argues for a new
understanding of risk assessment as applied to the future value of our jobs,
homes, communities, and national economies—and not just to risks in the stock
market. Among the innovations he proposes are global markets for trading
risk, inequality insurance, and intergenerational social security. Check price/buy
The New Geography of Global Income Inequality
by Glenn Firebraugh. Harvard University
Press. 2003. 257 pages.
Demographer Firebaugh shows how income inequality is declining across nations
while rising within nations, a transition creating a new geography of global
income inequality in the twenty-first century. This book documents the causes
of this trend while exploring how other analysts have overlooked how this
inequality transition is reducing the importance of where a person is born in
determining his or her future well-being. Check price/buy
Seizing The Future: The Dawn of the Macroindustrial Era
(Second Edition) by Michael G. Zey. Transaction. 1998. 486 pages. Paperback.
This provocative, optimistic look at the impacts of technological breakthroughs
argues that we have all the tools we need to end social problems such as
poverty and hunger. But this will only come about by thinking big: turning
our society into a Macroindustrial Culture emphasizing large-scale
production. Check price/buy book.
Trade Threats, Trade Wars: Bargaining, Retaliation, and
American Coercive Diplomacy
by Ka Zeng. University
of Michigan Press.
2004. 312 pages.
This study of American trade policy looks at puzzles associated with using
aggressive bargaining tactics to open foreign markets. Political science
professor Zeng explores the domestic repercussions of the structure of trade
between the United States
and its trading partners and whether the United States has a competitive
or complementary trade relationship with its trading partners. This book
offers practical policy prescriptions that promise to be of interest to trade
policy makers and students of international trade policy. Check price/buy
Understanding Economic Forecasts
edited by David F. Hendry and Neil R. Ericsson. MIT Press. 2001. 226 pages.
New developments, theories, and methods in economic forecasting over the last
decade have acknowledged that the economy is dynamic and prone to sudden
shifts. This book of essays by leading specialists and practitioners
discusses how forecasting is conducted, evaluated, reported, and applied by
academic, private, and governmental bodies. The essays also describe how
econometric models for forecasting are constructed, how properties of
forecasting methods can be analyzed, and what the future of economic
forecasting may bring. Check price/buy
The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University
by Frank H.T. Rhodes. Cornell
University Press. 2001.
As the information technology revolution transforms all our institutions,
what is the fate of the research university? In order to survive,
research-oriented universities must successfully meet a number of challenges,
including reexamining tenure policies, improving institutional governance,
and maintaining a sense of commitment to the university ideal in an age of
increasing specialization. Check price/buy book.
Cyberschools: An Education Renaissance
by Glenn R.
Jones. Foreword by Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Jones Digital Century. 1997. 180
People need more education than ever before, and distance learning—connecting
cable and classroom—offers a way to meet that need. Cable-TV industry leader
Glenn Jones outlines how we can provide higher education to all those who
want it. Check price/buy book.
The Disciplined Mind: What All
Students Should Understand
by Howard Gardner. Simon & Schuster. 1999. 287
School should not be just about learning facts—it should include
understanding truth, beauty, and goodness (and falsity, ugliness, and evil),
believes author Howard Gardner, developer of the concept of multiple
intelligences. He envisions an education system that will help younger
generations rise to the challenges of the future while preserving the
traditional goals of a humane education. Check price/buy
Education for the Twenty-First Century
by William H.
Boyer. Caddo Gap Press. 2002. 264 pages. Paperback.
Essays on the transformative power of education and its continuing importance
to the future. Subjects include education’s goals and education about war,
including ideologies and antiterrorism. Education philosopher Boyer has
compiled a compelling volume stressing critical thinking over intellectual
conformity. Check price/buy
An Education Track for Creativity and Other Quality
by Berenice Bleedorn. Scarecrow Press Books. 2003. 196 pages. Paperback.
Educator and futurist Bleedorn explores education techniques for teachers to
help students think critically and deal more effectively with crisis and
future uncertainty. An important book for educators, this volume covers
creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and global and futuristic
thinking. Check price/buy
Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the
by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Foreword by
George Lucas. Jossey-Bass. 2002. 294 pages. Paperback and CD-ROM.
A collection of stories touting the success of various educational
institutions that incorporate innovative teaching techniques and new
technologies into the classroom. Examines parent involvement, business and
community partnerships, teacher skills, professional development, and unsung
heroes. A useful volume for the educator of the future, as well as parents,
administrators, students, and the entire breadth of the education community.
An accompanying CD-ROM features 11 short documentaries on project-based
learning, assessment, emotional intelligence, and teacher preparation. Check price/buy
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children REALLY
Learnand Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, with Diane Eyer. Rodale.
2003. 302 pages.
The authors hold that playful environments and spontaneous learning
opportunities are key for happy, emotionally
healthy, and intelligent children, as well as for fulfilled parents. This
book offers usable and practical suggestions, such as games and experiments
to do with children. Subjects include discovering hidden skills, developing
social intelligence, and becoming an exceptional parent. Check price/buy
55 Trends: Looking at the Future of Education
by Marvin Cetron
and Owen Davies. Educational Research Service. 2008.
A thought-provoking and far-reaching analysis of the social, political, and
economic trends that will affect education in the United States in the coming
years. Cetron and Davies utilized an expert panel of educational
practitioners, administrators, policy makers, researchers, and others to
review key trends in the world today and rate their expected effects on the
school systems – and students – of tomorrow. Available May 2008. Order from
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The Future of the American School
by Irving H. Buchen. ScarecrowEducation. 2004. 333 pages. Paperback.
Futurist educator Buchen projects the direction of public education for the
next 25 years. He identifies and examines the major drivers of change,
profiles all the critical educational constituencies, and offers a number of
commonsense solutions to current and future problems. He also provides
scenarios of solutions to prove that new approaches are both doable and
viable. Check price/buy
The Language Police: How Pressure
Groups Restrict What Students Learn
by Diane Ravitch. Knopf. 2003. 255 pages.
Censorship in the form of pressure from the political right and left has
placed education in jeopardy by bowdlerizing words and concepts for students
and test-takers. Ravitch explores how textbook companies and school districts
react when pressure groups dictate what subjects, words, and ideas can be
used in textbooks and tests, and the impact on student learning. Check price/buy
Leadership And Futuring:
Making Visions Happen
by John R.
Hoyle. Corwin Press. 1995. 68 pages. Paperback.
Educators need to enhance three key leadership abilities: to care deeply for
others, to communicate a clear message simply and persuasively, and to
persist under difficult circumstances. Check price/buy
Leaving School: Finding Education
by Jon Wiles and
John Lundt. Matanzas
Press. 2004. 232 pages. Paperback.
Veteran educators Wiles and Lundt call for the abandonment of schools in the United States
in this age of new technologies and explore Internet learning portals as a
promising replacement. Identifying schools as the final monopoly, the authors
call for busting the education trust and offer 12 steps to overhauling what
they see as an outdated, antiquated system. Check price/buy
The Power to Transform:
Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life
Wiley and Sons. 2006. 243 pages.
Marshall, president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,
argues that by focusing on reforming the contents of schooling and not
transforming the context and conditions of learning, we have created a false
proxy for learning and eroded the potentially vibrant intellectual life of
our schools. This book invites a new conversation and offers a new language
and new design principles for recreating the learning environment. Check price/buy
Preparing Schools And School Systems For The 21st Century
by Frank Withrow
with Harvey Long and Gary Marx. American Association of School
Administrators. 1999. 106 pages. Paperback.
What characteristics will schools need to prepare children for success in the
Information Age? This companion to the best-selling study Preparing Students
for the 21st Century collects the insights of 21 leaders in education,
business, and government on what the future will be like for today's students
and what schools must do to prepare them for global competition in the
knowledge-based economy. Check price/buy
Preparing Students For The 21st Century
by Donna Uchida with Marvin Cetron and Floretta McKenzie. American Association
of School Administrators. 1996. 74 pages. Paperback.
What MUST students learn to assure themselves a prosperous future? Compare
your answers with those of more than 50 leaders in education, business, and
government in this enlightening report on a Delphi
study. Check price/buy
Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus
by Donald Alexander Downs. The Independent Institute. 2005. 318 pages.
This book focuses on the threats to free speech and civil liberty that have
sprung up on American campuses following the wave of so-called progressive
reforms, including speech codes and broad anti-harassment codes, instituted
in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Downs
reveals how the deprivation of free speech, due process, and other basic
civil liberties in higher education harms the truth-seeking mission of
universities. Check price/buy
To Build a Better Teacher: The
Emergence of a Competitive Education Industry
by Robert Gray Holland. Greenwood
Publishing. 2003. 147 pages.
Education reformer Holland
proposes breaking up the teacher-preparation monopoly dictating that teachers
be accredited by a single national agency and replacing it with a
market-based approach. He suggests setting up alternative tracks for bright
liberal arts graduates or persons with valuable real-world experience to be
hired as teachers, and using a value system for principals to judge how much
each teacher has helped each child progress academically from school year to
The University In
Transformation: Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University
edited by Sohail
Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley. Bergin & Garvey/Greenwood Publishing
Group. 2000. 270 pages.
This anthology of essays from scholars and futurists around the world
describes how the forces of technology and economic globalization may alter
what we think of as higher education. Topics include the virtual university,
paying for college, feminist alternative universities, the role of
corporations in higher education, and the rise of "multiversities."
What Next? Futuristic Scenarios for
Creative Problem Solving
by Robert E. Myers and E. Paul Torrance. Zephyr
Press. 1994. 286 pages. Paperback.
This workbook gives secondary-school teachers more than 50 exciting units
that nourish creative thinking about the future. Check price/buy book.
Environment and Resources
Agroecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture
through Social Networks
by Keith Douglass
Warner. MIT Press. 2007. 287 pages. Paperback.
American agriculture has doubled its use of pesticides since the publication
of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. Agriculture is the nation's
leading cause of non-point-source water pollution—runoffs of pesticides,
nutrients, and sediments into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Keith
Douglass Warner of Santa Clara University Environmental Studies Institute
describes agroecology, an emerging scientific response to agriculture's
environmental crises, and offers detailed case studies of ways in which
growers, scientists, agricultural organizations, and public agencies have
developed innovative, ecologically based techniques to reduce reliance on
agrochemicals. Check Price/Buy Book
Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World's
by John Charles
Kunich. Praeger. 2003. 208 pages.
This book explores the world's vanishing regions of enormous biodiversity,
what they mean for humanity, and what we can do to stop their disappearance.
Arguing from a legal point of view, law professor Kunich believes that we
have vastly more to gain than lose by legally protecting these fragile
regions, and that forgoing them in favor of relatively minor and immediate
returns is both foolish and dangerous. Check price/buy book.
Assessments of Regional and Global Environmental Risks:
Designing Processes for the Effective Use of Science and Decisionmaking
Alexander E. Farrell and Jill Jäger. RTF Press. 2006. 316 pages. Paperback.
This book, the result of an international, interdisciplinary research
project, looks at past environmental assessments to reveal how their design
influenced their effectiveness in bringing scientific evidence and insight
into the decision-making process. The case studies feature a wide range of
regional and global risks, including ozone depletion, crossborder air
pollution, and climate change. Check price/buy book.
Beyond Malthus: Nineteen
Dimensions of the Population Challenge
by Lester R.
Brown, Gary Gardner, and Brian Halweil. W.W. Norton. 1999. 167 pages.
In developing nations where populations have exploded in recent decades, a
dangerous slowdown may soon begin: not because of smaller families, but
because of increasing death rates. The population problem is an enormous
burden to governments, which must educate children, create jobs, protect the
environment, eradicate diseases, and meet many other needs. This insightful
report from the Worldwatch Institute examines the major impacts of the
population problem and calls for an immediate expansion of family-planning
programs around the world. Check price/buy book.
Big Coal: The Dirty Secret
by Jeff Goodell. Houghton Mifflin. 2006. 336 pages.
Few people realize the major role that coal plays in supplying the world with
energy, despite a century-long legacy that has claimed millions of lives and
ravaged the environment. In Big Coal,
veteran journalist Jeff Goodell exposes the environmental, political, and
economic forces behind the reemergence of this highly polluting fuel and
shatters the myth of coal as a cheap and harmless source of power. Check price/buy book.
Birds, Scythes, and Combines: A History of Birds and
by Michael Shrubb. Cambridge University
Press. 2003. 371 pages.
The historical and future effects of farming on bird populations in Great
Britain is the subject of this treatise by retired farmer and noted bird
enthusiast Shrubb, who argues that modern farming methods are severely
imperiling natural diversity. The result has been fewer bird species—game
birds, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors—seen in fewer numbers. Check price/buy book.
Capitalism as if the World Matters (Revised
by Jonathon Porritt. Earthscan. 2007. 384 pages. Paperback.
Jonathon Porritt, a co-founder and program director at the Forum for the
Future, elaborates on the argument he made in the book's first edition (2005)
and answers his critics. New material includes coverage of the United States
and the politics of climate change, the state of the global environmental
debate and the massive upsurge in religious engagement with climate and the
environment. Case studies explore the potential role of U.S. corporations
such as Wal-Mart and General Electric in a sustainable capitalist future.
Porritt also looks at China and the global impact that this economic giant
may have as it grows into the most environmentally damaging—or perhaps the
first sustainable superpower—of the twenty-first century. Check price/buy book
The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook
Stoyke. New Society Publishers. 2006. 170 pages. Paperback.
Stoyke, president of Carbon Busters Inc., systematically analyzes energy
costs and evaluates which measures yield the highest returns for the
environment and the pocketbook. The book provides answers to questions such
as: Which measure is more effective, putting solar panels on your roof or
buying a hybrid car? Where do I need to invest first: in high-efficiency
shower heads or solar tubes? Is a $500 fridge that uses 800 kWh of power per
year a good buy? The goal of the handbook is to enable readers to
dramatically reduce their carbon emissions. Check price/buy book.
Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Climate
Change, Privatisation and Power (Development Dialogue No. 48)
edited by Larry Lohmann. The Corner House. 2006. 359 pages. Available in PDF:
The main cause of global warming is rapidly increasing carbon-dioxide
emissions—primarily the result of burning fossil fuels. Some responses to the
crisis, however, are causing new and severe problems—and may even increase
global warming. This seems to be the case with carbon trading—the main
current international response to climate change and the centerpiece of the
Kyoto Protocol. This exhaustively documented book takes a broad look at the
social, political and environmental dimensions of carbon trading and
concludes that this approach to the problem of rapid climate change is both
ineffective and unjust. The bulk of fossil fuels must be left in the ground
if climate chaos is to be avoided, argues author Lohmann of the Corner House,
a U.K. environmental advocacy and research group.
The Cohousing Handbook:
Building a Place for Community
by Chris Scotthanson and Kelly Scotthanson. New Society Publishers. 2005. 291
Cohousing, a movement begun in Denmark
in the late 1960s, is steadily gaining popularity in the United States
as more and more potential home buyers search not just for real estate, but
for a sense of community. The Cohousing Handbook offers a step-by-step manual
for designing, constructing, populating, and managing a fully functional
cohousing site. Bret Gregory of Mithun Architects+Designers+Planners has said
of the book, "Cohousing is an important example of the global solutions
we all must embrace in order to use land efficiently, and resources wisely,
while creating healthy and vibrant communities for our future." Check price/buy book.
The Coming Storm: Extreme Weather and Our
by Bob Reiss. Hyperion. 2001. 323 pages.
Journalist Reiss takes us to the front lines of some of the decade's most
destructive storms and describes global warming through the eyes of those
most involved—researchers, meteorologists, and the families that have been
affected. A frightening, enlightening, and fascinating portrait of climate
changes and its impacts. Check price/buy book.
Constant Battles: The Myth of
the Peaceful, Noble Savage
by Steven A.
LeBlanc with Katherine E. Register. St. Martin's
Press. 2003. 269 pages.
The battle over resources is what has motivated human beings from time
immemorial, says Harvard archaeologist LeBlanc. Debunking the theory that our
ancestors were more "in touch" with nature—never overgrazing or
overfishing but only taking what they needed from the land—LeBlanc uses a
historical approach to show how people have always warred when resources were
scarce, often with devastating results. As our finite resources dwindle,
LeBlanc foresees an apocalyptic future unless steps are taken now. Check price/buy book.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. North Point Press. 2002. 208
Waste, pollution, and the throwaway society in which we live is the subject
of this book, a critique of traditional manufacturing and environmental
practices. The authors redefine recycling as "downcycling"—making
bad products worse—and describe successful business practices for producing
an environmentally healthier future. Form follows content in this book: It's
printed on synthetic paper, making it completely recyclable and waterproof. Check price/buy book.
The Earth Charter in Action:
Toward a Sustainable World
edited by Peter
Blaze Corcoran. Stylus. 2007. 192 pages.
The Earth Charter in Action is a collection of more than 70 essays by
such Well-known contributors as Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice F. Strong, Wangari
Maathai, Jane Goodall, and Princess Basma Bint Talal. The book points toward
the many possibilities of future utilization of the Charter, including its
ability to bridge the Islamic and Christian worlds and to work across the
divide between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Includes 75 full-color
illustrations. Check price/buy book.
The Earth Policy Reader
by Lester R.
Brown, Janet Larsen, and Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts. W.W. Norton. 2002. 303
Today's economic prosperity has come from overplowing land, overfishing
oceans, overgrazing rangelands, overcutting forests, and overpumping aquifers,
according to Lester Brown and colleagues at the Earth Policy Institute. This
volume examines trends and prospects for achieving a more ecologically sound
economy. Topics: climate change, food insecurity, population growth,
disappearing species, and ways to solve these problems and others. Check price/buy book.
Earth Report 2000: Revisiting the True State
of the Planet
edited by Ronald
Bailey.McGraw-Hill. 2000. 362 pages. Paperback.
This collection of essays by various experts argues against environmental
concerns about global warming, overpopulation, and such new threats as
endocrine disruptors. Concludes with some 70 pages of statistics presenting
evidence of positive trends shaping the environmental future. The book can be
contrasted with the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World reports. Check price/buy book.
The Earth’s Biosphere:
Education, Dynamics, and Change
by Vaclav Smil.
MIT Press. 2002. 346 pages.
An in-depth, scientific look at the earth’s biosphere from its origins to its
long-term future. University
of Manitoba professor
Smil discusses life in the universe, diversity and resilience, heat and
energy, biospheric cycles, dynamics and organization, and the effects of
civilization on the global environment. Illustrated with photographs and
charts, this book shows the amazing attributes of the earth’s realm of life
while emphasizing the need to minimize potentially destructive impacts on the
environment. Check price/buy book
Eat Here: Reclaiming
Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
by Brian Halweil. W.W. Norton and Company. 2004. 236 pages. Paperback.
Worldwatch Institute researcher Halweil shows why eating local foods from
nearby farms and shops is better for your health, for farmers, and for the
planet. Drawing on case studies from such diverse places as Nebraska,
Kenya, Italy, and Norway, Halweil reveals how
eating locally grown foods can help to improve diet, sustain the environment,
and strengthen local communities. Check price/buy book.
Ecological Security: An Evolutionary Perspective on
by Dennis Clark Pirages and Theresa Manley DeGeest. Rowman and Littlefield.
2004. 286 pages. Paperback.
The dynamics of globalization have dramatically changed the environment, and
understanding these changes is crucial to future human well-being. The
authors (specialists in international environmental politics and governance)
analyze past, present, and likely future trajectories of techno-ecological
drivers of change and anticipate their impact on evolutionary processes and
ecological security. The book discusses globalization, biosecurity,
technology, governance, global energy politics, and demographic changes, and
concludes with 10 steps to enhanced ecological security. Check price/buy book
Economics for Collaborative
Environmental Management: Renegotiating the Commons
by Graham R.
Marshall. Earthscan. 2005. 184 pages.
Critics charge that mainstream economics is a poor tool for managing
environmental resource commons. In this provocative book, Marshall examines how collaborative or
decentralized environmental management might benefit from employing
management techniques that are not based on traditional economics. Topics
discussed include "Developments in Collective Action Theory for Commons
Management," "An Economics for Collaborative Environmental
Management," and "From Antagonism to Trust: Collaborative Salinity
Management in Australia's Murray Darling Basin."
Check price/buy book.
Electric Water: The Emerging Revolution in Water and Energy
by Christopher C.
Swan. New Society Publishers. 2007. 223 pages. Paperback.
A San Francisco-based designer, Christopher Swan maintains that most cities
have enough rain and sun to meet their water and energy needs and that
readily-available technologies could create entirely new sources of energy.
Building on current mainstream trends in solar energy and wind power, Electric
Water offers a vision of how the world's energy and water infrastructure
could be transformed. The book provides an outline of the major issues that
need addressing, including global warming; an explanation of key technologies
in "plain water"; a vision of business and job opportunities in
restoration; real-life examples, including the post-Katrina Louisiana Coastal
Restoration program; and Web sites for further information. Check price/buy book
Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of
Smil. The MIT Press. 2008. 512 pages. Paperback.
Energy in Nature and Society is an analysis of all the major energy
sources, storages, flows, and conversions that have shaped the evolution of
the biosphere and civilization. Smil uses fundamental unifying metrics (most
notably for power density and energy intensity) to provide an integrated
framework for analyzing all segments of energetics (the study of energy flows
and their transformations). The book concludes with an examination of general
patterns, trends, and socioeconomic considerations of energy use today,
looking at correlations between energy and value, energy and the economy,
energy and quality of life, and energy futures. Check price/buy book
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous
by Paul Roberts. Houghton Mifflin. 2004. 360 pages.
Within 30 years, we will have used up most of the world's oil that is easily
accessible. Environmental writer Roberts explores options for breaking
Western addiction to oil and what we will use in its place to maintain a
global economy and political system that are entirely reliant on cheap,
readily available energy. Among his topics: oil economics and politics,
promises and pitfalls of oil alternatives, and threatening disruption and
violence. Check price/buy book.
Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping the Next
edited by Robert Olson and David Rejeski. Island Press. 2005. 208 pages.
Robert Olson, senior fellow at the Institute for Alternative Futures, and
David Rejeski of the Woodrow
Center have put
together a collection of essays by such leading scientists, technologists,
and environmentalists as Lester Brown, Hazel Henderson, and James Gustave
Speth. This engaging and informative text examines the impacts of the coming
revolutions in robotics, genetics, and information communications. Check price/buy book.
Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature: Essays in
edited by Daniel Imhoff and Jo Ann Baumgartner. University of California
Press. 2006. 264 pages. Paperback.
Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature addresses the need for heightened land
stewardship and conservation in an era of diminishing natural resources. Agricultural
lands in rural areas are being purchased for development. Water scarcities
are pitting urban and development expansion against agriculture and
conservation needs. The modern diet, driven by a grain-fed-livestock
industry, is no longer connected with the ecosystems that support it. This
book features a wide range of essays, articles, and other materials by such
authors as Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, and Michael Pollan. This book argues
that farm and ranch operations which coexist with wild nature are necessary
to sustain biodiversity and beauty on the landscape and are essential in the
challenge of building sane, healthy, and hopeful human societies. Check Price/Buy Book
Feeding People Is Easy
by Colin Tudge. Pari Publishing. 2007. 159 pages.
The world could be fed forever, with one major change in our thinking: to
wit, not leaving the problems of the world in the hands of the "powers
that be." Hunger is a world problem not because of lack of food but
because of the hunger for power among the world's elite, argues acclaimed
science writer Colin Tudge. One key is for individuals to become more
directly active in the food chain, such as through local and global food
clubs. Check Price/Buy Book
Freedom from Mid-East Oil
by Jerry Brown,
Rinaldo Brutoco, James Cusumano.
World Business Academy. 2007. 595 pages.
This book puts forward a set of policy recommendations and a step-by-step
plan for dealing with climate change and freeing the United States from
Middle-Eastern oil. The authors contend that their plan, implementable in 10
years, would cost half of the current price of the Iraq War and would be
achievable without raising U.S. taxes. Available after October 15, 2007 from www.worldbusiness.org.
Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral
Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
by Mark Harris.
Scribner. 2007. 208 pages.
Grave Matters details the embalming process and the environmental
aftermath of the standard funeral. Harris traces the history of burial in
America from frontier cemeteries to the billion-dollar business it is today,
reporting on real families who opted for more simple and natural returns.
Most importantly, he examines the new green burial underground, from natural
cemeteries and domestic graveyards to boats from which ashes and memorial "reef
balls" are cast into the sea. He follows a family that conducts a home
funeral, one that delivers a loved one to the crematory, and another that
hires a carpenter to build a pine coffinall for the purpose of
showing how we might reinvent burial for the twenty-first century. Check price/buy book.
Green Remodeling: Changing the
World One Room at a Time
by David Johnston and Kim Master. New Society Publishers. 2004. 379 pages.
A comprehensive guide to all you need to know to make your home
environmentally friendly. The authors take the reader through a recent
renovation in detail, stressing the energy, cost, and health advantages of
green remodeling. The book deals with general building principles as well as
room-by-room specifics, covering foundations, finishing, plumbing,
ventilation, appliances, and solar energy. A detailed appendix also lists
common sources of indoor air pollutants. Check price/buy book.
Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How
to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets
from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental
Policy Solutions. Duke University Press. 2007. 227 pages. Paperback.
As the United States moves to a low-carbon economy in order to combat
global warming, credits for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions will
increasingly become a commodity that is bought and sold on the open market.
Farmers and other landowners can benefit from this new economy by conducting
land management practices that help sequester carbon dioxide, creating
credits they can sell to industry to "offset" industrial emissions
of greenhouse gases. This guide is a comprehensive technical publication
providing direction to landowners for sequestering carbon and information for
traders and others who will need to verify the sequestration gas offsets as a
tradable commodity in the United States. Check Price/Buy Book
to Stop the Planet From Burning
by George Monbiot. South End Press. 2007. 277
George Monbiot, best-selling author of The Age of Consent, offers an
ambitious and far-reaching program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the
point where the environmental scales start tipping away from catastrophe. The
only way to avoid further devastation, Monbiot argues, is a 90% cut in CO2
emissions by the rich nations of the world by 2030. In other words, our
response will have to be immediate, and it will have to be decisive. Check price/buy book.
Hubbert's Peak: The
Impending World Oil Shortage
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes. Princeton
University Press. 2001.
Predictions of the end of oil have met deaf ears for the past half century,
but the geophysical reality is that we have less than a decade to prepare
ourselves for a post-petroleum world, warns geologist and former Shell Oil
researcher Kenneth Deffeyes. This book offers practical strategies for
meeting the energy challenges in our very-near future. Check price/buy book.
Hydrogen Age: Empowering a Clean-Energy Future
by Geoffrey B. Holland and James J. Provenzano. Gibbs
Smith. 2007. 370 pages.
Clean, safe, inexhaustibly renewable energy is not only possible, it
exists now, say Holland and Provenzano. Hydrogen stands out as one of the
best alternatives to traditional polluting fossil fuels because it is clean
with no polluting emissions, nontoxic, renewable; it is at least as safe as the
fuels we currently use, universally available, and easily adaptable to a
broad range of applications, the authors argue. The Hydrogen Age details
how this energy carrier has been vital to the workings of the universe since
the beginning of time, and why it is now ready to play a central part in
healing our Earth, our atmosphere, and the world's economies as a
clean-energy commodity. Check Price/Buy Book
An Economic Approach for Water Management and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond
by Franklin M. Fisher, Annette Huber-Lee, et al. Resources For the Future
Press. 2005. 256 pages. Paperback.
Liquid Assets challenges the
popular notion that future water wars are unavoidable. The book presents an
allocation model that can be used to assist water managers, inform future
cost-benefit analyses of water infrastructure, and enable resolution of
disputes. Contributors to the volume, including Israeli, Jordanian,
Palestinian, American, and Dutch experts, show how to apply this methodology
to a region where water is already scarce and political relations are as
tense as ever. Check price/buy book.
Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity
edited by Elliot A. Norse and Larry B. Crowder. Island Press. 2006. 470
This up-to-the-moment overview of the science of marine conservation also
covers the political, economic, scientific and technological issues
associated with securing one of the world's most precious resources, water. A
useful guide for water resource professionals in government agencies and
nongovernmental organizations, researchers, students, and anyone concerned
with water and its use. Check price/buy book.
Vacancy: Global Responses to the Human Population Explosion
edited by Michael Tobias. Hope Publishing House. 2006. 230 pages. Paperback.
If current world population trends continue, human numbers could more than
double to 13 billion, which could spell disaster for the Earth's ecosystems.
This collection of 16 essays focuses successful strategies that have been
employed around the world in the fight against overpopulation. The authors,
including such experts as Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute and
Christopher Flavin of the Worldwatch Institute, describe a global
transformation and a fertility transition that may well prove to be essential
to humanity's survival and the continuation of life on Earth. Check price/buy book.
2020: Science, Trends, and the Challenge of Sustainability
edited by John G. Field, Gotthilf Hempel, and Colin P. Summerhayes. 2002. 365
A collection of essays assessing the most important science and societal
issues likely to arise in marine science and ocean management in the next 20
years. Topics include climate, coastal ecosystems, fisheries, technologies,
and social challenges. Check
The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism
and Economic Collapse
by Richard Heinberg. New Society Publishers. 2006.
256 pages. Paperback.
The Oil Depletion Protocol describes a unique accord whereby nations
would voluntarily reduce their oil production and oil imports according to a
consistent, sensible formula. This would enable an energy transition to be
planned and supported over the long term and provide a context for stable
energy prices and peaceful cooperation. The book gives an overview of the
data concerning peak oil and its timing, briefly explains the protocol and
its implications for the reader and for decision makers in government and
industry around the world, deals with frequently asked questions and
objections, and looks forward to how the protocol can be adopted and how
municipalities and ordinary citizens can facilitate the process. Check
Profits, and Peace: Does Business Have a Role in Peacemaking?
by Jill Shankleman. United
States Institute of Peace Press. 2007. 235 pages. Paperback.
Drawing on years of field experience and new data from corporations, NGOs,
and hundreds of personal interviews, Shankleman, a former senior fellow at
the United States Institute of Peace, explores the links between oil and
conflict, and changing notions and forms of corporate responsibility. Oil, Profits,
and Peace spotlights three oil-dependent countries—Angola, Azerbaijan, and
Sudan—that have had very different experiences with conflict and the oil
industry. The author concludes with recommendations for government and
corporate policy makers. As a matter of enlightened self-interest, more and
more companies are collaborating in novel ways with governments,
international organizations, and NGOs to limit environmental damage, provide
local jobs, increase transparency, and enhance the chances of sustaining both
profits and peace. Check
Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
by the United Nations Environment Programme. 2005.
This unique atlas, using vibrant and colorful satellite images, provides
clear and compelling illustration of all the ways in which humans are
changing our environment. One Planet,
Many People will prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone
curious about humanity's continual effect on the world in which we live. Check price/buy book
Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future
by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. Shearwater
Books. 2004. 447 pages.
Rising consumption, increasing world population, and unchecked political and
economic inequity are increasingly shaping today's politics, undermining the
planet's sustainability, and determining humankind's future, according to the
Ehrlichs, both members of Stanford's biological sciences department. Drawing
on ecological, demographic, economic, climatological, and political research,
the authors discuss media control, immigration, energy, and other important
topics shaping the future. Check price/buy book.
Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising
by Lester R. Brown. W.W. Norton. 2005. 239 pages. Paperback.
Environmental analyst Brown documents the ways in which human demands are
outstripping the earth's natural capacities and how the resulting
environmental damage is undermining food production. Citing the high stakes
inherent in producing enough food for the future, Brown advocates policies
that stabilize climate, raise water production, make transport systems more
efficient, and seek a balance between population and food. Outgrowing the
Earth investigates these issues and outlines steps needed to secure future
food supplies. Check price/buy book.
Plan B 3.0:
Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition
by Lester R. Brown. Norton. 2008. 384 pages.
In this updated edition of Plan B, Lester Brown, president of the
Earth Policy Institute, outlines a survival strategy for twenty-first-century
civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and
decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In
addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual
population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a
growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our
fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, (business as usual), we
have neglected these issues for too long. In Plan B 3.0, Lester R.
Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type
mobilization such as the United States undertook after the attack on Pearl
Harbor in 1941. Check price/buy book
Earth Home: The Ultimate Self-Sufficient Home for Any
Location in the World
by Mel Moench. Osprey Press, 2004. 538 pages.
A comprehensive tome on the history and future of the self-sufficient homea
specially constructed and equipped dwelling that generates its own power and
includes systems to provide food for a family. Futurist visionary Moench
covers functionality, efficiency, durability, and energy-saving aspects of
the self-sufficient home. Includes instructions on how to build one. Order
from www.planetearthhome.com. Check price/buy book
Playing Safe: Science and the Environment
by Jonathon Porritt. Thames & Hudson. 2000. 143 pages. Paperback.
Using new technologies before we know their potential environmental impacts
can have deadly, irreversible consequences. Explaining current problems in
easy-to-understand language, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, founder and
director of Britain's Forum for the Future, advises a more cautious and
skeptical approach to applying scientific knowledge to improve the world
around us. (Part of the Prospects for Tomorrow series.) Check price/buy book.
Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of the
by William F. Ruddiman. Princeton University
Press. 2005. 272 pages.
Human beings are not only influencing climate change today, they've been
doing so for perhaps 8,000 years, says author Ruddiman, an environmental
scientist. Farming, irrigation, and industrial technological advancements,
according to Ruddiman, have all affected weather patterns. The author details
how humans helped the Earth avert a new ice age; how special-interest groups,
lobbyists, and environmental organizations have molded research for their own
agendas; why plagues and disease actually helped cool the planet; and the
future of the Earth's climate. Check price/buy book.
Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
by Richard Heinberg. New Society Publishers. 2004. 208 pages.
Severe resource depletions and ensuing energy shortages will beleaguer
industrial nations in the twenty-first century, according to energy
journalist Heinberg. "Powerdown" is his scenario for the processes
that will enable humanity to survive, including reducing per capita resource
usage, developing alternative energy sources, distributing resources more
equitably, and reducing populations over time. Check price/buy book.
A More Gentle Way
by Malcolm Wells. Published by the author. 1999.
143 pages. Illustrated.
Colorfully illustrated and handwritten, this deeply personal volume offers
nature-revering and soul-cheering solutions to overdevelopment. Describing
what he has seen happening to America—the
obliteration of the landscape by developers—architect Malcolm Wells envisions
earth-covered living environments as an alternative to paving over nature to
make it fit for human habitation. Check price/buy book.
Neighborhoods: How Local People Make a Difference
by Michael R. Greenberg. Rutgers
University Press. 1999.
Neighborhoods are deteriorating in thousands of poor urban and rural areas.
This book profiles effective "street fighters"—local leaders making
a difference. Check price/buy book.
Areas: Functions and Strategies for Management
by the National Research Council. National Academies Press. 2002. 428 pages.
The importance of riparian ecosystems to the future of national policy
objectives is the subject of this in-depth, scientific report by specialists
of the National Academies. Topics include structure and function of riparian
areas across the United
States, human impacts and alterations,
existing legal strategies for riparian area protection, and management of
riparian areas. Issue areas covered include water quality, threatened and
endangered species, reduction of flood damage, and beneficial management of
federal public lands. Check price/buy book
Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
by Mark Lynas. National Geographic. Available
January 22, 2008. 336 pages.
In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a
landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise
between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees
Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, Lynas
outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. Check Price/Buy Book
The Solar Living Source Book: Your Complete Guide to
Renewable Energy, Technologies and Sustainable Living, 12th Edition
by John Schaeffer. Gaiam Real Goods. 2005. 564 pages. Paperback.
The Solar Living Source Book is a complete guide to buying, building, and
living green. Providing valuable information on everything from water heating
to electric cars, this source book will prepare and inspire you for a greener
future. Check price/buy book.
Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the
Global Energy Industry
by Travis Bradford. The MIT Press. 2006. 248 pages.
As today's energy crisis escalatesand gas prices along with itSolar Revolution predicts that in the
next few decades solar will become the cheapest energy source for most
applications and will be widely accessible to consumers in both the developing
and undeveloped world. He argues that several converging trends that are
building the momentum for tomorrow's solar boom. The shift to solar energy is
describes, and will be as transformative as the last century's revolutions in
information and communications technologies. Check price/buy book.
of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India
by The Worldwatch Institute. W. W. Norton & Company. 2006. 243 pages.
As China and India become
world-class economies, they are set to join existing industrialized nations
as major consumers of resources and polluters of local and global ecosystems.
These and other issues are tackled in the latest edition of this annual
report on planetary well-being. State of
the World is a comprehensive resource on sustainability issues,
used by policy makers, corporate planners, development specialists,
journalists, students, and concerned citizens around the world. Check price/buy book.
of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security
by The Worldwatch Institute. W.W. Norton. 2005. 237 pages. Paperback.
The focus of this annual edition is on international security concerns: acts
of terror born out of poverty, inequality, international
crime, the spread of deadly weapons, mass population movements, natural
disasters, ecosystem breakdown, new and resurgent communicable diseases, and
bitter competition over land and resources. In-depth sections look at the
environmental impacts of war, toxic chemicals, nuclear proliferation, nuclear
energy, and environmental refugees. Foreward by Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former
Soviet Union premier and chairman of Green Cross International. Check price/buy book.
Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change
by Guy Dauncey with Patrick Mazza. New Society Publishers. 2001. 271 pages.
The challenges presented by global warming are becoming more urgent. The
authors offer practical suggestions for individuals, organizations, and
governments to alleviate the "stormy weather" ahead. Check price/buy book.
Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options
by Jefferson W. Tester, et al. MIT Press.
2005. 846 pages.
Human survival depends on a continuing energy supply, but our ever-increasing
need for energy has presented us with a dilemma: how can we provide the
benefits of electric power to the Earth's population without causing further
damage to our environment, eroding social stability, or threatening the
well-being of future generations? The solution will lie in finding
sustainable energy sources and more efficient means of converting and
utilizing power. This textbook addresses the challenges of integrating diverse
factors and the importance for future generations of the energy choices we
make today. According to Jack Gibbons, former presidential science advisor
and former director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, this book
"provides the intellectual tools and perspectives needed to devise a
sound strategy for ensuring sustainability." Check price/buy book.
Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century
edited by Volkmar Lauber. Earthscan. 2006. 256
This book seeks to offer strategies for promoting renewable energy within the
context of a rapid energy transition. It endeavors to describe the global
context in detail, covering oil and gas depletion, as well as climate change,
third world development and renewable energy. The authors evaluate support
mechanisms at national and international levels and offer readers a clear
understanding of the regulatory framework and the opportunities to promote
renewable energy effectively. Check price/buy book.
the Sahara: Tunisia Shows a Way While Others
by Andrew Borowiec. Praeger. 2003. 145 pages.
Tunisia is the only North
African country actively resisting encroachment of the Sahara Desert.
Veteran observer Borowiec examines Tunisia's bold approach to the
problem by erecting barriers against sandstorms, controlling urbanization,
experimenting with farming, settling nomads, and successfully exploiting the
desert as a major tourist attraction. Tunisia's story serves as an
example to nations worldwide coping with desert encroachment, agricultural
change, and climate issues, and offers solutions for survival against the
"sea of sand." Check price/buy book
the Table: Sustainability and Sustenance in the American Agrifood System
by Patricia Allen. Pennsylvania
Press. 2004. 260 pages.
This book is about people throughout the United States who are building
successful alternatives to the contemporary agrifood system and their
prospects for the future. Subjects include alternative agrifood movements,
sustainability, and sustenance. Check price/buy book.
by Peter Hoffmann. MIT Press. 2001. 289 pages. Paperback.
The future economy will be driven by hydrogen, the most abundant element in
the universe. Hydrogen derived from water and solar energy could replace
fossil fuels and offer the world a nonpolluting renewable source of power.
Hoffmann demonstrates how hydrogen sources can be adapted by different
countries and economies.Check price/buy book.
Signs 2005: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future
edited by Linda Starke, the Worldwatch Institute. W.W. Norton & Company.
2005. 139 pages. Paperback.
Part of the Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs series, this book is a
compendium of the various food, energy, economic,
environmental, and societal trends sweeping the globe. The articles contained
here provide a picture of our changing world that is both complete and full
of nuance. "The world is in the midst of a period of unprecedented and
disruptive change, offering enormous opportunities and even greater risks. .
. . Understanding the dynamic present is a first step, we believe, to crating
a better future," writes Worldwatch Institute President Christopher
Flavin. Check price/buy book.
The Water Atlas
by Robin Clarke and Jannet King. The New Press.
2004. 127 pages. Paperback.
Subtitled "a unique visual analysis of the world's most critical
resource," The Water Atlas is a colorfully illustrated guide to
water use, reuse, and control. Clarke and King examine worldwide water
distribution, the real cost of water use in water-rich countries, and the
dangers of a future where privatization and profit dictate availability.
Topics include consumption, scarcity, areas of political tension, and looming
catastrophes. Detailed maps, charts, graphs, and statistics are included. Check price/buy book.
Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet
by Seymour Garte. AMACOM. 2007. 290 pages.
Where We Stand serves as a reality check for a debate surrounded by
controversy. Garte presents evidence that the state of the environment and
human welfare has been improving steadily for the past two decades and that
our efforts to "save the planet" are working. Contrary to popular
opinion, the air and water are getting cleaner, cancer rates are decreasing,
and forestation is improving. Where We Stand seeks to energize future
efforts with the knowledge that we can make a difference. There is
still work to be done, says Garte, but with a clearer picture of where we
stand today, we will have a better chance for tomorrow. Check Price/Buy Book
Wildfire and Americans: How to Save Lives, Property, and
Your Tax Dollars
by Roger G. Kennedy. Hill and Wang. 2006. 332 pages.
Natural disasters cannot be stopped, but their high costto us and to
the earthcan be mitigated and controlled. Unfortunately, as long as
the government adheres to an outdated model of urban dispersion, people will
continue to move into areas where wildfire will strike, argues former
National Park Service director. Check price/buy book.
The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of
by Eugene Linden. Simon &
Schuster. 302 pages.
The science of climate change is still young but climate, historically, has
been a killer of civilizations. The tragedy of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina provides
but one more example of what happens when nature's wrath becomes particularly
brutal. Journalist Linden
examines what an unpredictable climate may do to our own unprepared
civilization in the years ahead. Check price/buy book.
World Water and Food
to 2025: Dealing with Scarcity
by Mark W. Rosegrant, Ximing Cai, and Sarah A.
Cline. International Food Policy Research Institute. 2002. 322 pages.
Paperback or pdf file.
The knowledgeable authors examine food production and global food security as
water becomes increasingly scarce, and offer steps to avert threats to food
supplies, the environment, and human livelihoods. A highly technical look at
how water availability and demand are likely to evolve, and the policies and
actions necessary to prevent crisis. Order from the publisher at www.ifpri.org (free
Advancing Futures: Futures Studies in Higher Education
edited by James A. Dator. Praeger Publishers. 2002. 416 pages. Paperback.
Twenty-eight essays by distinguished scholars in political science, history,
sociology, anthropology, and economics on the future of futures studies as an
academic discipline. Written by academics for academics, Advancing Futures
explores theories, methods, and concepts of futures studies; its relation to
other fields; and the reasons behind its lack of wider acceptance as a
serious course of study. Check price/buy book.
World You Want: Learning for Alternative Futures
by Marsha Lynne Rhea. Scarecrow Education. 2005. 126 pages. Paperback.
A senior futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures, Marsha Lynne
Rhea has written an important introduction to future thinking and
methodologies in a learning environment. Anticipate the World You Want will
help both students and teachers at the forefront of foresight. Check price/buy book.
Of The Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain
by Peter Schwartz. Doubleday/Currency. 1991. 258
Charting the course of your future or that of your company requires intuition
and creativity. Schwartz shows how composing and using scenarios can help you
visualize and prepare for a better future. Check price/buy book.
History of the Future: How Visionary Thinkers Changed the World and
Tomorrow's Trends Are "Made" and Marketed
by Oona Strathern. Carroll & Graf. 2007. 320
Strathern, a writer and consultant with the Zukunftsinstitut (future
institute) consultancy firm, chronicles the most influential futurists over
the years, from Delphi's virgin visionaries to pop futurists, science-fiction
writers, trend gurus, and evolutionary experts. "This book is wise and
witty with great stories about the characters who would see the future and
their sometimes outrageous ideas. Best of all it illuminates the past of the
future," says John Naisbitt, WFS board member and author of Megatrends.
Check price/buy book.
Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium
edited by Thomas T.K. Zung. St. Martin's
Press. 2001. 388 pages. Illustrated. Paperback
This elegantly presented anthology of writings by and about inventor
Buckminster Fuller brings together the ideas that stimulated futurists
throughout the twentieth century and serves as an inspiring introduction for
future generations. One of the founders of modern futures studies, Bucky
devoted his life and creative energy to making the world work for everyone on
Spaceship Earth. Black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and
reproductions of Bucky's manuscripts are a highlight. Check price/buy book.
Cosmopolis: The Political Thought of H.G. Wells
by John S. Partington.
Ashgate. 2003. 196 pages.
Partington provides a detailed look at the provocative, inspired, and
controversial political views of H.G. Wells. Wells’s remarkable intellectual
evolution—from his origins as an internationalist to his fruition as a
functionalist—has been rendered here with great depth and eloquence. Check price/buy book.
Futurist Thought: Science Fiction, Future Studies, and Theories and Visions
of the Future in the Last Century
by Thomas Lombardo.
Author-House. 2006. 444 pages. Paperback.
Psychologist and futurist Lombardo explores the origins of futures studies
and the rise of future consciousness during the twentieth century. Topics for
discussion include, "Cyberpunk and 'How Science Fiction Conquered the
World,'" "The Subject Matter, Goals, and Methods of Future
Studies," "Theories and Paradigms of the Future," and many
more. This book, along with companion volume The Evolution of Future
Consciousness, provides a comprehensive resource on the past, present,
and future of futurism. Check price/buy book.
Creating Better Futures: Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better
by James A.
Ogilvy. Oxford University Press. 2002. 238 pages.
How is the world changing, and how can it be changed for the better? The key
is scenario planning, a process for making better decisions by examining
possible futures. Creating Better Futures frames the issue in a philosophical
context and shows how to apply scenario planning creatively to guide our
shared future. An unabashedly hopeful book for anyone interested in steering
humankind toward future success. Check price/buy book.
Scenario Planning as a Strategic Management Tool
by Michel Godet. Economica. 2001. 269 pages.
Paperback. Preface by Joseph F. Coates.
A leading French futurist outlines the scenario planning process for managers
who wish to anticipate change, avoid forecasting errors, transcend
conventional thinking, and make sense of the various concepts and techniques
used by futurists and strategic planners. Case studies are provided in
industry, defense, services, and agricultural sectors. Check price/buy book.
Evolution of Future Consciousness: The Nature And
Historical Development of the Human Capacity to Think About the Future
by Thomas Lombardo. Author-House. 2006. 452 pages.
Psychologist and futurist Thomas Lombardo examines the unique human ability
to create ideas, images, goals, and plans related to both the immediate and
distant future. Lombardo explores how future consciousness emerged in
prehistoric times and describes how our evolving relationship to the future
has helped humankind form essential bonds to survive. He goes on to examine
future consciousness through the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, the
Western Enlightenment, and the age of Darwin to show how the theory of
evolution revolutionized our understanding of the future and our place in it.
Check price/buy book.
for the Millennium: American Socialist Visions of the
edited by Peter H. Buckingham. Greenwood
Press. 2002. 208 pages.
The American Socialist movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries envisioned futures built on cooperation rather than competition.
This book of essays examines the influential writings of such daring thinkers
as Edward Bellamy, Jack London, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Check price/buy book.
Shaping International Futures
by Barry B. Hughes and Evan E. Hillebrand. Paradigm
Publishers. 2006. 256 pages. (Access to a free online IF computer model
available with purchase).
Exploring and Shaping International Futures seeks to help readers
understand global trends in demographic, economic, energy, food, and
environmental and socio-political systems. The book empowers readers to
develop their own alternative scenarios using a cutting-edge computer
simulation. "This is truly a book for a new millennium. It allows the
reader to explore future global issues and to investigate the impact of
possible policy changes," says Dennis Pirages, Harrison Professor of
International Environmental Politics at the University of Maryland
and board member of the World Future Society. Check price/buy book.
Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic
by Eric Dregni and Jonathan Dregni. Speck Press. 2006. 128 pages. Paperback.
Two science writers offer glimpses into some of the most outlandish, absurd,
brilliant, and dangerous ideas about the future to come out of the twentieth
century, such as personal jet packs, flying cars, cocktail serving robots,
and "the home-building miracle, asbestos!" Vividly illustrated with
full-color and black-and-white imagery, Follies of Science will be
much appreciated by any futurist with a sense of humor. Check price/buy book
Foresight Principle: Cultural Recovery in the 21st Century
by Richard A. Slaughter. Praeger. 1995. 232
pages. Annotated Bibliography. Paperback.
Why is foresight useful? How much does it really cost, and who should support
it? What are the real megatrends? Check price/buy book.
in Paperback with New Preface by the Author!
Foundations of Futures Studies: Human Science for a New Era:
History, Purposes, and Knowledge (Volume 1)
by Wendell Bell. Transaction Publishers. 2003. 368 pages. Paperback.
The aim of futures studies is to demystify the future, make possibilities for
the future more widely known, and increase our control over the future. This
comprehensive overview of the most important facets of futures studies—its
history, methods, theories, and principal practitioners—brings together the
intellectual tools for thinking about the future. Check price/buy book.
of Futures Studies: Human Science for
a New Era. Values, Objectivity, and the Good Society (Volume 2)
by Wendell Bell. Transaction Publishers. 1996. 370
A concern with ethics, morality, and values is a natural outgrowth of the
quest for preferable futures. In the second volume of his comprehensive
examination of futures studies, Wendell Bell focuses on the development of
the field's ethical foundations. Moving beyond cultural relativism, he
explains how universal human values came to exist and how they ought to be
changed to permit all people to live good, long lives in the coming global
Files: A History of the Next 50 Years
by Richard Watson. Scribe. 2007.
278 pages. Paperback.
Future Files seeks to examine emerging patterns and developments in
society, politics, science and technology, media and entertainment, money and
financial services, transport, food and drink, retail and shopping, health
care and medicine, travel and tourism, as well as work and business.
According to author Watson, publisher of the global trend report What's Next,
"The future is never a straight linear extrapolation from present to
past. Totally unexpected ideas and events usually conspire to trip up future
plans and predictions, but it's usually better than not thinking about the
future at all." Available from Scribe Publications.
by Derek Woodgate with Wayne R. Pethrick. Fringecore. 2004. 337 pages.
Future Frequencies offers
unique insight into how innovative approaches in the realm of progressive
culture can stimulate revolutionary thinking for futurists. Case studies
drawn from some of the most provocative modern thinkers are a highlight of
this book and illustrate how a fusion of creative elements can deliver
profitable outcomes for businesses and clients. Check price/buy book.
Future Is Ours: Foreseeing, Managing and Creating the Future
by Graham H. May. Praeger. 1996. 253 pages.
Why do we attempt to forecast the future despite believing we'll probably be
wrong? What does the future mean and how do we relate to it? These and other
fundamental questions are explored by a professional futurist and lecturer at
Leeds Metropolitan University
in this college-level text for use in future-oriented courses in business,
management, urban planning, environmental politics, and other areas. Check price/buy book.
Research Methodology, Version 2.0
edited by Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon. American Council for the
United Nations University. 2003. 700 pages on CD-ROM.
Some 25 methods and tools for forecasting and analyzing global change are
provided in the latest version of this comprehensive and internationally
peer-reviewed handbook. Chapters cover each method's history, primary and
secondary uses, strengths and weaknesses, applications, and potential uses.
The chapters are presented in both MS Word and PDF formats. Order from the
publisher. Order from publisher: www.acunu.org/millennium/issues.html
Studies: Methods, Emerging Issues, And Civilisational
by Sohail Inayatullah and Paul Wildman. Prosperity Press. CD-ROM, Version
What is the long-term future of humanity? Will civilizations violently clash,
or are we on the verge of planetary governance? These and other critical
questions about the future are addressed in this unique, multimedia CD-ROM.
The presentation includes a Reader of methods, emerging issues, and visions;
a Gallery of fractal images; a participatory Future Forum, and the Future
Coffee Shoppe—an e-mail discussion group and hyper-archiving bulletin board
through which you can e-mail authors, converse with other readers, and even
initiate a collaboration for future editions. Completing the CD may also help
you earn a diploma in futures studies. Details: http://members.optushome.com.au/pwildman/cd/indexfly.htm. Or contact
the authors, Paul wildman email@example.com or Sohail
Future of Futures Studies: A Delphi Study
with a German Perspective
by Jan Oliver Schwarz. Shaker Verlag. 2006. 124 pages.
According to Schwarz, a growing number of German corporations are making use
of foresight techniques and futures studies methodologies. The Future of Futures Studies uses the Delphi technique to find answers to key questions about
the prospects for forecasting and futures research within German
corporations. Order from the publisher, www.shaker-online.com/catalogue.
How to Think Clearly in a Time of Change
Edie Weiner and Arnold
Brown Pearson Prentice Hall. 2006. 234 pages. Paperback.
Futurists Edie Weiner and Arnold Brown have helped hundreds of leading
enterprises such as 3M and Merck anticipate and respond to change. In
FutureThink they share their foresight strategies and trend analysis
techniques with you. FutureThink will help you not just prepare for the
future, but claim it. Check price/buy book.
Thinking, Learning, and Leading: Applying Multiple
Intelligences to Success and Innovation
by Irving H. Buchen. Rowman & Littlefield Education. 2006. 252 pages. paperback
Buchen, a director of International Programs for IMPAC University,
shows how our thinking, learning, and leading are influenced and shaped by
the future. His book identifies innovation strategies and new thinking
systems and explores various aspects of transition training. Futures Thinking, Learning, and Leading
is geared toward managers, human resource professionals, personnel
recruiters, professional trainers and coaches, and colleges and professors of
business. Check price/buy book.
Deep Futures: Our Prospects for Survival
by Doug Cocks. McGill-Queen's University Press. 2003. 332 pages.
Ecologist Cocks tackles important questions about future human history and
its chances for survival into the twenty-second century. Topics include
extinction, human evolution, environmental resources, and perennial issues
such as governance, production and distribution, and social relations. Deep Futures identifies strategies for
maximizing humanity's chances for survival. Check price/buy book.
Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present
by Bob Johansen.
Berrett-Koehler. 2007. 258 pages.
Former Institute for the Future CEO Bob Johansen shares techniques
accumulated over 40 years of professional futurism. He details real-world
examples of how organizations like Procter & Gamble, Disney, Reuters, and
UPS Control have successfully implemented foresight practices to find new
markets and better serve their customers. Check price/buy book.
History of Utopian Thought
by Joyce Oramel Hertzler. University Press of the Pacific. 2002. 336 pages.
This textbook examines social idealism and utopian thinking and the
exceptional authors of those ideals—Jesus, Bacon, and More, as well as the
Utopian Socialists. Check price/buy book.
The Architecture of Perfection
edited by Stephen Coates and Alex Stetter. Birkhauser/Princeton Architectural
Press. 2000. 192 pages.
Coffee-table book of visionary dreams and the architecture of perfection,
both realized and unrealized. Check price/buy book.
Knowledge Base of Futures Studies: Professional Edition
by Richard A. Slaughter. Foresight International.
This CD-ROM presents an up-to-date international overview of futures studies
and applied foresight. Students at the University
of Houston, Clear Lake,
futures program voted the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies
"the best available resource in the field. A great futurist tool in an
innovative format." Order from www.ForesightInternational.com.
and Futuring: Making Visions Happen (Second
by John R. Hoyle. Corwin Press. 2006. 122 pages. Paperback.
Today, the world needs leaders who can improve systems to enrich the lives of
others more than ever. This resource is intended to explain the relationship
between leadership and futuring, describe seven visionary leaders, link
motivation research to contemporary organizations, offer inspirational
stories about successful visionaries, provide step-by-step futuring
techniques for workshops, and show how leaders create, communicate, and put
forth a service vision. According to FUTURIST editor Edward Cornish,
"What makes Leadership and Futuring a really important book for
all who aspire to leadership is that it squarely confronts the extraordinary
challenge that the current global transformation poses for leaders, and it
suggests constructive ways to deal with it through futuring." Check price/buy book.
Lessons for the Future: The Missing Dimension in Education
Hicks. Foreword by Wendell Bell. Trafford Publishing. 2006. 145 pages.
The study of the future is largely absent from school curricula. Futures
scholar Hicks examines the importance of preparing young people for the
future in a series of essays on seizing opportunities for creating successful
personal futures and identifying responsible futures that affect the global
human family. Chapters offer thought-provoking classroom activities, stories
of hope, holistic learning techniques for studying global issues, and much
more. Check price/buy book.
Memoirs of the Future
by W. Warren
Wagar. Global Publications. 2001. 259 pages. Paperback.
This intellectual autobiography traces the life and work of futures historian
W. Warren Wagar of Binghamton
with warnings for the Third Millennium. Check price/buy book.
The Next Hundred Years... Then and Now
by Robert H.
Cartmill. Xlibris Corporation. 2002. 245 pages. Paperback. Illustrated.
How right were predictions made in 1900? What will today's predictions say
about us 100 years from now? Futurist Cartmill presents a fascinating tour of
scientific, technologic, economic, societal, and other predictions made in
1900 and in 2000. Historical and present-day accounts illustrate how far
we've come—and how far we've yet to go. Check price/buy book.
Out Of The Blue: How to Anticipate
Big Future Surprises
by John L.
Books. New Edition. 1999. 214 pages. Paperback.
Futurist John L. Petersen, author of The Road to 2015, examines the potential
impacts of such "wild card" events as an asteroid collision, the
collapse of the U.S. dollar, a shift in the Earth's axis, and the perfection
of techniques for cloning humans. This rapid ride through scores of scenarios
is designed to get you to think "out of the box" and learn how to
manage surprises. Check price/buy book.
Predicting The Future: An
Introduction to the Theory of Forecasting
by Nicholas Rescher. SUNY Press. 1998. 315 pages. Paperback.
The future is obviously important to us: We need some degree of foresight in
order to make useful plans for our lives, careers, and other important
affairs. Philosophy professor Nicholas Rescher examines which areas it is
possible to make predictions in and which areas it is not, and why. Check price/buy book.
Predictions: 10 Years Later
by Theodore Modis. Growth Dynamics. 2002. 335 pages. CD-ROM or PDF.
A dozen years ago, systems theorist Theodore Modis presented a model, the
S-shaped curve, for predicting the growth patterns of a variety of phenomena.
Now, he looks back on how well his previous forecasts did. In this new
volume, Modis reports a range of impressive success stories. For instance, he
predicted that nuclear accidents would drop from five major accidents seen in
three years to one expected in five years. Outcome: There have been no
significant accidents reported in the last five years.
To order: CD-ROM ($15 plus shipping) or e-mailed PDF file $12 contact author
Theodore Modis, e-mail
TModis@compuserve.com, Web site www.growth-dynamics.com.
Principles Of Forecasting: A Handbook for Researchers and
edited by J.
Scott Armstrong. Kluwer. 2001. 849 pages. Paperback.
This comprehensive textbook summarizes the techniques used in forecasting
(e.g., Delphi studies, econometrics, extrapolation) and demonstrates how those techniques may
be applied in a wide range of fields. The volume also includes an invaluable,
56-page Forecasting Dictionary and a Forecasting Standards Checklist for evaluating
formal forecasting procedures. Check price/buy book.
Qualitative Futures Research for Innovation
by Patrick van der Duin. Eburon Delft. 2006. 284 pages.
In this thesis, Duin examines the modern history of futures research and
explores what role futures research can play in helping organizations refine
their practices. Some of the topics covered include futures research at
Daimler Chrysler, road-mapping at Phillips Medical Systems, and methods of
trend analysis. Order from the publisher, www.eburon.ni.
Questioning the Future: Futures Studies, Action
Learning, and Organizational Transformation
by Sohail Inayatullah. Tamkang
University. 2002. 240
Futures researcher and educator Sohail Inayatullah has compiled a valuable
overview of the methods, theories, and concepts underlying the study of the
future. In addition to a comprehensive annotated bibliography, the author has
provided some 40 pages of appendices outlining the main approaches to
studying the future, key methods in forecasting, and more. Intended as a
practical workbook for managers and social activists, this text is likely to
find greater use in the classroom as an introduction to futures studies.
To order: Send $20, plus $5
postage and handling, by international bank check to: Tamkang University,
Center for Futures Studies, 151
Ying-Chuan Road, Tamsui, Taiwan, 251 (for more information,
e-mail: Future@mail.tku.edu.tw). Or send order to Sohail Inayatullah, 29 Meta Street,
Mooloolaba, 4557, Queensland, Australia (for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Scenario Planning Handbook: Developing Strategies in
by Ian Wilson and William K. Ralston Jr. Thompson.
2006. 272 pages.
Uncertainty characterizing the global marketplace mandates that companies
change the way they think and plan for the future. This book explains what
scenarios are and are not, why they are needed, and their uses and benefits.
It also outlines the cultural and structural changes that organizations
should be prepared to make to maximize the benefits of scenario-based
planning. Check price/buy book.
Scenario Planning: Managing for the Future
Ringland. Foreword by Peter Schwartz. Wiley. 1998. 407 pages.
The rapid changes in today's business environment require much more
sophisticated techniques than planners have used in the past. Forecasts based
on current trends grow obsolete all too quickly. This book describes scenario
planning techniques that will enable anyone to think about uncertainty in a
structured way, offering a detailed method for identifying early indicators
of directions and possible courses of action, as well as helpful dos and
don'ts that tell you what works when and why. Check price/buy book.
A Short History Of The Future (Third Edition)
by W. Warren Wagar. University
of Chicago. 1999. 324
This classic tale of the future by leading futures historian Warren Wagar
serves as a powerful warning of a future seized by megacorporations and
superstates. "The early decades of the new millennium will test us
well," Wagar writes. Check price/buy book.
Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in The Future
by Nick Marsh,
Mike McCallum, and Dominique Purcell. Crown Content. 2002. 299 pages.
Integrating strategic planning, future studies, and organizational
development, the concept of strategic foresight brings planning current with
the pressing requirements of the "knowledge age." For CEOs,
strategy managers, and thinking men and women in business and government
eager to learn about managing forward-thinking change in their organization. Check price/buy book.
Tackling Tomorrow Today Volume 1, Futuristics: Looking
edited by Arthur B. Shostak. Chelsea House. 2004. 252 pages.
This book, the first in what is sure to be a timely and important series,
features 14 original essays on futuristics and futures studies. Probing such
diverse topics as trend extrapolation, history, wild-card analysis, computer
modeling, and even poetry,Tackling Tomorrow Today is
an essential component to any high school futuristics curriculum and a
wonderful addition to any futurist's library. Check price/buy book.
Technology in Context:
Technology Assessment for Managers
by Ernest Braun.
Routledge. 1998. 165 pages. Paperback.
This comprehensive and accessible analysis of technology assessment defines and
describes its role in the strategic management of firms. Topics: key concepts
for the management of technology, information gathering for supporting
strategic decision making, technology's wider social implications, and
problems associated with technology, from the danger of environmental
degradation to impacts on employment and skills. Check price/buy book.
Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology
by Daniel Dinello. University
of Texas Press. 2005.
329 pages. Paperback.
According to many scientists working in the field of technology, the future
is blissfully bright. We will merge with our machines to transcend all pain,
hardship, and death. According to many science-fiction authors, however,
posthuman evolution will mark the loss of all freedom, values, and identity.
In this book, film professor and culture critic Dinello examines the dramatic
conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real-world scientists and the
techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction. Check price/buy book
Thinking Utopia: Steps into Other
edited by Jörn Rüsen, Michael Fehr, and Thomas W. Rieger. Berghahn Books.
2005. 304 pages.
The scholars contributing their work to this collection seek to initiate a
new dialogue on utopian thought beyond a post-communist political context. By
broadening the perspectives of utopian studies, these essays enable the
reader to reconstruct scholarly paradigms and strategies for reaching utopia.
Topics discussed include "visions of the future," "utopia,
construction, human rights," and "trauma: a dystopia of the
spirit." Check price/buy book.
2025: Scenarios of U.S. and Global Society Reshaped
by Science and Technology
by Joseph F.
Coates, John B. Mahaffie, and Andy Hines. Oakhill Press. 1996. 516
What will the world look like in the year 2025? This penetrating look at the
future offers 15 scenarios that will help you anticipate the dramatic effects
of science and technology on the world to come. Based on a three-year
research project, these scenarios cover over 50 fields of science,
technology, and engineering. Check price/buy book.
Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight
edited by Andy Hines and Peter Bishop. Social Technologies. 2007. 253 pages.
Thinking about the Future distills the expertise of three dozen senior
foresight professionals into a set of essential guidelines for carrying out
successful strategic foresight. Presented in a readable and personable style,
each guideline includes an explanation and rationale, key steps, a case
example, and resources for further study. The 115 guidelines are organized
into six sequential categories that mirror the phases of a strategic
foresight activity, namely Framing, Scanning, Forecasting, Visioning,
Planning, and Acting. Contributors to Thinking About the Future
include many familiar and influential members of the international futurist
community, such as Cornelia Daheim, Jack Gottsman, Ian Pearson, Rohit Talwar,
and Joseph Coates. Check price/buy book.
Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World
edited by Roland
Schaer, Gregory Claeys, and Lyman Tower Sargent. The New York Public Library/Oxford University
Press. 2000. 386 pages. Paperback.
This gorgeously presented volume includes insightful essays and beautiful
reproductions of utopian (and dystopian) images throughout history, from maps
of utopia to the model of the robot used in Fritz Lang's film Metropolis. Check price/buy book.
The Utopia Reader
Gregory Claeys and Lyman Tower Sargent. New York University
Press. 1999. 421 pages. Paperback.
History's greatest thinkers—from Plato and Thomas More to Edward Bellamy and
B.F. Skinner—have reflected on the prospects of creating a perfect society. This
unique and inspiring anthology encompasses a spectrum of utopian writing,
offering a compelling argument for humanity's need to imagine and construct a
better future. Check price/buy book.
Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a Better World
edited by Arthur B. Shostak. M.E. Sharpe. 2003. 295 pages. Paperback.
Futurists, scholars, writers, and other imaginers of better worlds have been
rallied here to provide more than 40 thought-provoking essays on an emerging,
more-practical concept of utopia. Topics include altruism, democracy, online
communities, city planning, public and higher education, world governance,
and personal actions. Useful resources include recommended Web sites, books,
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A View From The Year 3000: A
Ranking of the 100 Most Influential Persons of All Time
by Michael H.
Hart. Poseidon Press. 1999. 430 pages. Paperback.
This unique and imaginative compendium places "biographies" of
future persons together with real persons of the past (e.g., Confucius,
Columbus, and Einstein), vividly demonstrating what makes people
"influential" over the ages. Among future persons of note are
Mugali Singh (born 2316, died 2701), an Indian scientist who developed
techniques for cleaning ocean pollution; Bantu Ujiji (born 2410 and still
living), a "culinator," or food artist; and game designer Roberto
Ferruchio, born 2047, died 2086, revived 2240 after cryopreservation. Check price/buy book.
What the Future Holds: Insights from Social Science
Richard N. Cooper and Richard Layard. MIT Press. 2002. 289 pages. Paperback.
Nine eminently readable essays on the difficulty of predicting the future of
human life and improving the world. Using a variety of approaches taken from
the social sciences, the authors cover such topics as population, energy,
climate, work, government, and monetary policy. The final essay places
futurology in its intellectual and historical context and looks at the
accuracy of predictions made for the year 2000. Check price/buy book.
The World of Herman Kahn: The
Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War
by Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi. Harvard
University Press. 2005.
One of the principal pioneers of scenario planning as applied to policy,
Herman Kahn is best known as the world's foremost nuclear strategist of the
1960s. This eloquently penned biography of "our first Virtuoso of the
unknown unknowns" displays both the wit of Kahn as well as his dark
genius. Check price/buy book.
The Artilect War: Cosmists vs.
by Hugo de Garis. ETC Publications 2005. 254 pages. Paperback.
If "who owns capital" was the primary question of the
previous century, "what owns capital" will be the great
concern of the present one, according to Hugo de Garis. A future war between
man and machine has largely been the domain of bad scriptwriters, of late.
But as de Garis suggests, the possibility of a human–artificial conflict in
this century is anything but remote. This scenario for what might happen is
as captivating as it is disturbing. Check price/buy book.
The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of the
by Frederik Pohl. Tor Books. 2004. 384 pages.
The sixth book in the "Heechee" series. Two young people must
contend with the threat of a man whose blind loathing of the Heechee fuels an
insane desire to destroy them and every living being in the galaxy. Futurist
issues explored include artificial intelligence, immortality through
cybernetics, and space colonization Check price/buy book.
The First Immortal
by James L. Halperin. DelRey Press. 1998. 418 pages. Paperback.
Celebrated author and futurist James L. Halperin spins an enlivened story of
human immortality through cryonics, called "so detailed and plausible
that you find yourself expecting to wake to it the next day," SF Revu.
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by Frederik Pohl. Tor Books. 2005. 448 pages.
A collection of great stories from one of science fiction’s premier authors.
Includes a never-before-published "Heechee" story of an alien
culture of the future. Check price/buy book.
The Rocket Company
by Patrick J.G. Stiennon and David M. Hoerr. The
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 2005. 300 pages.
This illustrated book from two experienced aerospace engineers is a
fictionalized account of the challenges faced by a group of seven investors
and their engineering team in developing a low-cost reusable, space vehicle.
Comment: "There is no better way to understand the aerospace engineering
process than to read a design case study. Since we don't have any factual
case studies of reusable launch vehicle developments to learn from, the next
best thing is The Rocket Company." Gary
Hudson, HMX, Inc. Check price/buy book.
by Arthur C.
Clarke. I Books. 2004. 304 pages. Paperback.
This anniversary edition of a volume originally published in 1983 offers 10 of
Clarke’s highest caliber short fiction, including the story that inspired 2001:
A Space Odyssey. Check price/buy book.
2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. ROC. 2005. 236 pages. Paperback.
The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic science-fiction novel
that changed the way we look at machine intelligence, space travel, the starsand
ourselves. Check price/buy book.
The Truth Machine
by James L. Halperin. DelRey Press. 1997. 395 pages. Paperback.
In this vivid and captivating scenario, in which truth can be decided
mechanically, and guilt determined automatically a man must outwit his own
creation or face execution. A sort of Frankenstein meets Brave New World, James L. Halperin’s The Truth Machine
has been called "profound" by the Associated Press. Check price/buy book.
A Brief History of the
by Angus Trumble. Basic Books. 272 pages.
Art historian Trumble traces the history of smilingincluding causes
and types of smilesthrough art and across cultures. Subjects covered
include decorum, lewdness, desire, mirth, wisdom, deceit, and happiness,
including the evolution of the open smile. He examines the enigmatic quality
of the Mona Lisa, the jolly joviality of Hals's Laughing Cavalier, the posed
grin of the Cheshire Cat, and the saintly smile of the Buddha. He also looks
at future advancements in cosmetic surgery and dentistry that promise more
smiling faces in the future. Check price/buy book.
American Generations: Who
They Are. How They Live. What They Think (Fourth Edition)
by Susan Mitchell. New Strategist. 2002. 520 pages.
Who lives alone? Who lives in a mobile home? Who moonlights? Who buys vitamin
and mineral supplements? This encyclopedic sourcebook compares and contrasts
the demographics and spending patterns of five generations of Americans:
Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, the Swing Generation, and World War II
Generation. Check price/buy book.
The American Marketplace:
Demographics and Spending Patterns (Fifth Edition)
edited by the editors of The New Strategist. 2001. 544 pages.
This comprehensive reference book on American lifestyles and spending habits
is divided into eight topic areas: education, health, income, labor force,
living arrangements, population, spending, and wealth. Trends in American
lifestyles and attitudes, gleaned from federal data and other sources, are
easy to identify in this accessible and up-to-the-moment volume. Check price/buy book.
All Connected Now: Life in the First Global
by Walter Truett
Anderson. Westview Press. 2001. 291 pages.
Globalization is the driving trend in economics, politics, culture, and
biology, leading to a new "age of open systems," according to Anderson. Even anti-globalization
protesters are global. But rather than one entity dominating this new
globalization, we are seeing a radically uncentralized new civilization. Check price/buy book.
The Baby Boom: Americans Aged 35 to 54 (Third Edition)
by Cheryl Russell. New Strategist Publications. 2001. 416 pages.
Demographer Cheryl Russell provides an insightful analysis of the trends
connected to the baby-boom generation, now entering middle age or
"mid-youth." Charts and brief essays explore boomer families and
households, incomes, wealth and spending, jobs, health, fitness, and
education-everything you need to know to understand this huge and influential
generation. Check price/buy book.
by Laura Lee.
Elsewhere Press. 2000. 310 pages. Paperback.
"Man will never fly." "The chemical purity of the air is of no
importance." "There is no reason for any individual to have a
computer in their home." Why do rational, educated, enlightened people
make such bad predictions? Journalist Laura Lee has compiled a wide range of
prognostications gone awry in science, society, medicine, the media, and
other areas, exploring the various blinders—optimism, pessimism, and simple
myopia—that keep us from seeing the future more clearly. Check price/buy book.
The Best That Money Can't Buy:
Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War
Fresco. Global Cybervisions. 2002. 164 pages. Paperback. Illustrated.
Inventor and engineer Jacque Fresco offers a comprehensive vision of a global
civilization in which science and technology are used to secure, protect, and
encourage a more humane world. Stunning photographs of models from Fresco's
Venus Project, a proposed cybernated city in Florida, highlight this elegantly
presented volume. Check price/buy book.
A Brief History of the Human Race
by Michael Cook. W.W. Norton. 2003. 385 pages.
A comprehensive history of the world, covering all the continents, their peoples,
and their contributions to the story of humanity. Beginning in the
Paleolithic period, historian Cook covers Islamic civilization, European
expansion, the modern world of haves and have-nots, and the exploration of
Jupiter. The author uses anthropology, archaeology, genetics, and ethnography
to ask and answer questions about human development and cultural diversity. Check price/buy book
The Clock Of The Long Now: Time
Brand. Basic Books. 1999. 190 pages. Paperback.
Civilization is imperiled by its pathologically short attention span, argues
influential futures thinker Stewart Brand, editor of CoEvolution Quarterly
and The Whole Earth Catalog. To correct this myopia, Brand offers the
metaphor of the millennial clock, a slow computer that will keep perfect time
for the next 10,000 years. By thinking in terms of a "long now," we
can learn to accept our long-term responsibilities. Check price/buy book.
Dictionary Of The Future
by Faith Popcorn
and Adam Hanft. Hyperion. 2001. 414 pages.
What words can describe the world we'll be living in? This fascinating
compendium organizes trends and forecasts into 35 areas such as aging,
computers, cities, jobs, religion, space, and transportation, offering
insight into the new vocabularies we'll need: Nowherians, people born in one
place who move all over the world in their lifetimes; network farming, a
hub-and-spoke agricultural production and marketing plan; national parent
permits, licenses to bear children. Check price/buy book.
The First Measured Century: An
Illustrated Guide to Trends in America, 1900-2000
by Theodore Caplow, Louis Hicks, and Ben J. Wattenberg. AEI Press. 2001. 308
pages. Paperback. Illustrated.
This detailed examination of the last century—a companion volume to a recent
PBS documentary—serves as a comprehensive guide to the major social,
economic, environmental, and technological trends that are shaping the
century ahead. Among the surprising trends revealed: Americans are reading
more, not less; spending more time with their children, not less;
participating in elections more, not less; and moving less often, not more. Check price/buy book.
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the
Markets and in Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Texere. 2001. 203 pages.
If your neighbor makes a fortune on the stock market, is because he's a
genius or just lucky? When we mistake luck for skill, we are "fooled by
randomness," warns mathematician and hedge-fund manager Nassim Taleb. He
offers a wise and readable guide to clearer thinking, drawing insights from
thinkers ranging from George Soros to Yogi Berra. Check price/buy book.
The Fourth Turning: An American
Strauss and Neil Howe. Broadway Books. 1997. 382 pages. Paperback.
The authors of the best-selling Generations argue that history moves in
cycles. Each cycle has four parts or "turnings." By examining
history's seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth, we can
identify the phase we are currently experiencing and know where we are
headed. They predict that America
is roughly a decade away from its next era of crisis and change. Check price/buy book.
The Future Ain't What It Used
To Be: The 40 Cultural Trends Transforming Your Job, Your
Life, Your World
Abrahamson, Mary Meehan, and Larry Samuel. Riverhead Books. 1998. 270 pages.
The three principals of Iconoculture, a market-trend consulting firm, offer
an energy-charged glimpse of the impacts of such cultural trends as
"extreme" sports, body piercing, organlegging (stealing human
organs), and bunkering (keeping close to home as a sanctuary and fortress). Check price/buy book.
Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film
edited by Jeffery Shaw and Peter Weibel. MIT Press. 2003. 634 pages.
Drawing on a broad range of scholarship, this colorful, illustrated
collection examines the shift from Hollywood
spectacles to cinematic works probing the possibilities of interactive,
performative, and Internet-based cinemas. Based on an exhibition organized by
the ZKM Institute for Visual Media, this book presents an international
anthology of current video, film, and computer-based work embodying and
anticipating new cinematic techniques and modes of expression. The editors
offer a comprehensive look at the evolution of cinema, and the merger of
montage, traditional cinema, experimental literature, television, video, and
the Internet into exciting new art forms. Check price/buy book
The Future Factor: The Five
Forces Transforming Our Lives and Shaping Human Destiny
by Michael G.
Zey. McGraw-Hill. 2000. 289 pages.
This optimistic vision of the human future argues that unprecedented
opportunities for growth are emerging from breathtaking innovations in
biotechnology, computing, robotics, medicine, energy development, and space
technology. Powerful new forces altering society and the global economy
include cybergenesis, the merging of humans and smart machines, and
biogenesis, the harnessing of genetic technologies to improve ourselves. Check price/buy book.
The Future Of
by Brian J. Ford. Thames & Hudson. 2000. 120 pages. Paperback.
Food—its safety and its abundance—is critical to our future. Biologist Brian
Ford examines food-borne diseases, genetically modified foods, food allergies
and intolerances, nutrients, diet, and culture, revealing many misconceptions
in popular thinking about food. Includes a useful list of Web sites covering
a wide range of food, health, and agricultural topics. (Part of the Prospects
for Tomorrow series.) Check price/buy book.
Generation X: The Young Adult Market (Third Edition)
by Susan Mitchell. 2001. 376 pages.
The "twenty-something" generation of American consumers is gaining
more and more influence. This comprehensive statistical examination of
Generation X covers attitudes, education, health, wealth, living
arrangements, and more. Check price/buy book.
Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! Collected Essays, 1934-1998
by Arthur C.
Clarke. St. Martin's. 1999. 558 pages.
Paperback. 29 black-and-white photographs.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke—perhaps best known for the story on which the film 2001:
A Space Odyssey was based and as the futurist who predicted satellite
communications—is one of the twentieth century's most visionary and versatile
thinkers. This volume collects his nonfiction writings, including new
introductions for each decade of his work. Clarke offers both personal
reflections and historical scope to his predictions and observations. Check price/buy book.
H.G. Wells: Traversing Time
by W. Warren
University Press. 2004.
History professor and Wells scholar Wagar delves into Wells's obsession with
the history and future of humankind in this comprehensive biography. Going
beyond such seminal futurist visions as The War of the Worlds and The
Time Machine, Wagar traces Wells's work on utopia vs. dystopia, war,
romance, education, and modernism, as well as his novel writing and creative
processes. Check price/buy book.
High Tech * High Touch: Technology and Our Search for
Naisbitt, with Nana Naisbitt and Douglas Philips. Broadway Books. 1999. 274
What role will technology play in our accelerated search for meaningful
lives? The author of Megatrends here examines the saturation of technology in
everyday life and how it may affect our children, our culture, and our very humanity.
Among the diverse thinkers interviewed for this project are
bioethicist Arthur Caplan, Swatch CEO Nicholas Hayek, technoartist
Natalie Jeremijenko, alternative-medicine advocate Andrew Weil, and
documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Check price/buy book.
Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence
Schwartz. Gotham Books. 2003. 247 pages.
Global Business Network Chairman Schwartz describes a sweeping range of
scenarios shaped by demographic, economic, technological, and political
forces that are discernible today. For instance, despite the
post-dot-com-bust economic malaise, the long-term trends suggest that an
economic boom is "still inevitable," Schwartz assures us. There
will be many more surprises ahead, to be certain, but we will be better
equipped as a society to anticipate and prepare for them. Check price/buy book.
It's Getting Better All The Time: 100 Greatest Trends
of the Last 100 Years
by Stephen Moore
and Julian L. Simon. Cato Institute. 2000. 294 pages. Paperback.
We're eating far better food and spending far less money for it than a
century ago. More of our neighbors are becoming millionaires. And humans just
keep getting stronger and stronger—as witnessed by the constant shattering of
athletic records. These are just a few of the trends that made the late
economist Julian L. Simon one of the most optimistic of futurists. This book
provides concise summaries and colorful charts outlining the positive trends
of the past that the authors believe will lead to a glorious future. Check price/buy book.
The Life and Death of Planet
Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of
by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee. Times Books. 2003. 240 pages.
Geologist Ward and astronomer Brownlee describe the evolution of the earth in
terms of human cycles of birth, life, and death, and make some astonishing
predictions about the planet’s future. On the "Clock of Life," they
hypothesize that we are at 4:30 a.m. and inexorably turning toward noon—that
time billions of years away when the sun will consume the planet. Ward and
Brownlee describe the path that life will take before then: coming ice ages,
intense heat, human extinction, and eventually de-evolution to the simplest
microbial life-forms. A fascinating "biography" of the planet. Check price/buy book
Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. W.W. Norton. 2004. 336 pages.
explores science's new insights into the formation and evolution of
our universe. Origins covered include those of the universe, galaxies, stars,
planets, and life, concluding with a search for the human in the cosmos.
Drawing on current advancements in geology, biology, and astrophysics,
scientists Tyson and Goldsmith explore dark energy, life on Mars, and the
mysteries of space and time. Check price/buy book.
Our Final Hour
by Martin Rees. Basic Books. 2003. 228 pages.
Rees, one of Britain’s
foremost scientific scholars, believes there is only a 50% chance that
humankind will survive to the end of the twenty-first century. Describing the
dark side of scientific advancement, Rees predicts that terror, error, and
environmental disaster will take their toll on humankind’s future, and there
will be little anyone can do to reduce these risks without taking away
personal freedoms or information. Far from being a doomsayer, Rees offers
discussion and solutions for guarding against the worst risks. Check price/buy book
The Macmillan Atlas Of The
edited by Ian
Pearson. Macmillan Reference. 1998. 128 pages. Illustrated. Paperback.
Full-color maps and graphics provide a clear, vivid, and authoritative
overview of where we are headed in the next millennium. Drawing from the most
up-to-date research, an international team of leading analysts predicts
developments in such areas as space exploration, economics and finance, life
expectancy, artificial intelligence, biodiversity, democracy, military
strength, nanotechnology, and more. Check price/buy book.
Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the
by Robert Zubrin. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. 2003. 351
Astronautical engineer Zubrin weaves the incredibly true story of Mars
Society stalwarts undertaking unique missions in the Arctic
to replicate the challenges faced by space travelers on the Martian
landscape. Zubrin takes a fascinating and first-hand look at the technology
and enthusiasm that make space exploration possible. Color photographs taken
during this earthbound odyssey bring the tale to life. Check price/buy book
Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation
by Neil Howe and
William Strauss. Vintage. 2000. 415 pages. Paperback.
The generation of Americans born between 1982 and 1998 promises to change the
face of culture even more than their baby boomer parents, according to
historians Howe and Strauss, whose previous books include Generations and The
Fourth Turning. Based on their surveys and analyses
of historical trends, the authors conclude that the Millennials (don't call
them "generation Y") will reject the values and pop culture forced
on them by the boomers and Gen X'ers. Ultimately, they'll prove themselves to
be worthy descendents of the last "great generation," the veterans
of World War II. Check price/buy book.
The Next 500 Years: Life in the
by Adrian Berry. W.H. Freeman. 1996. 352 pages.
What will life be like for humans 14 generations from now? Optimistic
predictions based on current developments in agriculture, space, electronic
technology, economics, religion, and more. Check price/buy book.
Next: Trends for the Near Future
by Ira Matathia and Marian Salzman. Overlook. 1999. 414 pages. Paperback.
Marketers will focus on the elder culture rather than the youth culture; the
middle manager will make a comeback; and mail-order catalogs will offer
profiles of sperm and egg donors for prospective parents. Trend watchers and
market analysts Matathia and Salzman offer a host of predictions for
business, technology, and lifestyle changes in the years just ahead. Check price/buy book.
Thinking Today As If Tomorrow
Mattered: The Rise of a Sustainable Consciousness
by John Adams.
Eartheart. 2000. 171 pages. Paperback.
Massive changes are needed now in how we live and think if we are to ensure a
sustainable future. This book strives to integrate several disciplines into a
broad, systemic perspective on the roots of today's challenges in the
environment, population, and the global economy. The author concludes that
increased dialogue, networking, and cooperation will increase the likelihood
of generating new ideas and finding sustainable solutions. Check price/buy book.
The Twentieth Century
by Albert Robida. Wesleyan
University Press. 2004.
397 pages. Paperback.
This is the first English translation of one of science fiction's pioneering works,
first published in 1882. At times prescient, at times farcical, French
visionary Robida imagined a 1950s world of flying machines, fantastical
fashions, and futuristic fantasy stemming from his observations of the
bourgeoisie of the Third
Republic. No aspect of
Parisian society was overlooked: art, law, war, government, entertainment,
agriculture, female emancipation, telecommunications, and catering. Robida's
original illustrations are reproduced. Check price/buy book.
The Venus Project: The Redesign
of a Culture
Fresco. Global Cyber-Visions. 1995. 56 pages. Illustrated. Paperback.
By integrating technology into the social system, people could be freed from
the abusive patterns of the work-a-day world and have time to make society
more humane. (A video about the Venus Project is also available. Order from
the Futurist Bookstore.) Check price/buy book.
The World As It Shall Be
by Émile Souvestre, translated by Margaret Clarke. Wesleyan University
Press. 2004. 276 pages.
This is the first English translation of one of science fiction's pioneering
works, first published in 1846. An extraordinarily imaginative work of future
fiction, The World As It Shall Be
is set in A.D. 3000, where Switzerland
is a theme park and steam machines have charge over the children. Though
fanciful, Souvestre's vision stands as a warning against the abuses of
technology, anticipates the social consequences of unrestrained capitalism,
and demonstrates the miseries that follow from man's inhumanity to man.
Included are 87 original illustrations. Check price/buy book.
AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and
by Tony Barnett and Alan Whiteside. Palgrave Macmillan.
2003. 416 pages. Paperback.
An in-depth exploration of the future of HIV/AIDS. Tracing the pandemic from
the present to the future, authors Barnett and Whiteside explore ignorance,
negligence, inequality, and other factors, and examine challenges facing the
international community in the wake of the disease. Among the topics:
globalization, governance, economic growth, impacts on households and
communities, effects on orphans and the elderly, and national and global
inequities. Check price/buy book
The Brave New World of Health Care
by Richard D. Lamm. Fulcrum Publishing. 2003. 129 pages. Paperback.
Former Colorado governor and health-issues
futurist explores the current state of U.S. health care and its
unsustainable future. This book details the looming social and economic
consequences of the aging baby-boomer demographic and how this will affect
the future of the nation. Lamm calls for a new vision of U.S. health
care, one requiring difficult moral and economic choicesincluding the
possibility of rationing medical care. Check price/buy book.
The Calcium Bomb: The
Nanobacteria Link to Heart Disease and Cancer
by Douglas Mulhall and Katja Hansen. The Writers' Collective. 2004. 229
Calcium lies at the heart of many devastating illnesses, including heart
disease, cancer, and arthritis. Researchers have discovered a small germ that
lurks within calcium deposits, a germ so small it challenges the definition
of life itself. Nanotechnology journalist Mulhall and biological engineer
Hansen explore this fascinating discovery and its important implications. Check price/buy book.
Cheating Death: The Promise and the Future Impact of Trying
to Live Forever
by Marvin Cetron
and Owen Davies. St. Martin's Press.
1998. 224 pages.
One of humanity's oldest ambitions—to live healthily forever—may one day
become a reality. With advances in medicine and new gene research, the human
life-span could extend hundreds of years. But a future of billions of people
"cheating death" could have devastating impacts on societies, the
economy, the environment, and family life. The authors of Probable Tomorrows
and many other books examine trends in life-extension research—and their
potential consequences. Check price/buy book.
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever Read
by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman. Rodale. 2004. 452 pages.
The authors consider the benefits of human health and longevity as promised
by medical science and examine what you can do today to take advantage of
these breakthroughs. Topics covered include degenerative diseases, genomics,
methylation, hormones, the brain, and personal programs for long life and
good health. [Read Excerpt] Check price/buy book.
The Future Of Complementary And Alternative
Approaches (Caas) In Us Health Care
by the Institute
for Alternative Futures. IAF. 1998. Approx. 200 pages. Paperback.
One of the fastest-growing aspects of health care is the use of complementary
and alternative approaches, such as Oriental, chiropractic, and homeopathy.
This report, the result of an 18-month study, puts these therapies in the
context of key trends shaping health care and offers recommendations both to
the conventional health care community and to alternative therapy providers. Check price/buy book.
Has Heart Disease Been Cured?
by Douglas Mulhall
and Katja Hansen. Writers' Collective. 2003. 288 pages. Paperback.
From the author of Our Molecular Future comes this medical detective
story, tracking down a pathogen that may be behind the calcification leading
to deadly coronary artery disease and other problems. With this discovery
comes hope for new cures. Check price/buy book.
Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case for the
by Ronald Bailey. Prometheus Books. 2005. 332 Pages.
The battle over what right we have over our own bodies may seem contentious
now, but science writer Ronald Bailey asserts we've only just begun. A new
era of scientific discovery and self-augmentation is upon us. We stand to
inherit physical strength, bigger brains, and longer life spans. But do we
have the courage to take the first step? Check price/buy book.
Life Without Disease: The Pursuit of Medical Utopia
by William B.
Schwartz University of California Press. 1998. 178 pages. Paperback.
Humanity's dream of life without disease may be realized by the middle of the
next century. In 2050, medical care will be vastly more effective—and less
expensive than today's resource-intensive procedures, such as coronary bypass
surgery. Over the next 50 years, genetic interventions will shift the focus
of medicine from repairing the ravages of diseases to preventing their onset.
In this book, a professor of medicine describes the prospects and problems of
striving for medical utopia. Check price/buy book.
Microbe: Are We Ready for the Next Plague?
by Alan P. Zelicoff and Michael Bellomo. AMCOM 2005.
It's a terrifying scenario, a disease outbreak in a major city. Chaos
descends. Some people are evacuated, others are quarantined. Some live,
others don't. How likely is this scenario, and what are our options?
Examining such issues as pandemic prevention, DNA-based vaccination, and
inter-agency coordination to deal with potential outbreaks, Microbe: Are We Ready For the Next Plague
will empower readers with that most essential of defensesknowledge. Check price/buy book.
Mind Set! Reset Your Thinking to
See the Future
by John Naisbitt. 2006. Harper Collins. 304 pages.
Naisbitt, best-selling author of Megatrends and Megatrends 2000
and a former top executive at IBM and Eastman Kodak, explains his methodology
for analyzing trends and extrapolating likely future outcomes. His approach
emphasizes abandoning our natural biases and the "lessons" of
popular culture in order to see today's fast-breaking developments in
technology, economics, politics, and culture for what they truly are and what
they really mean. Check price/buy book.
The New Anti-Aging
Revolution: Stopping the Clock for a Younger, Sexier, Happier You!
by Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman. Basic Health.
2003. 625 pages. Paperback.
Aging populations could mean more people living in poorer health for longer
periods of time, running up huge medical bills. Or it could mean legions of
vigorous, productive people enjoying later life. Anti-aging medicines on the
near horizon promise to "turn back the clock" and restore vitality
to people in later life. [Originally published under the title Stopping
the Clock, 1996.] Check price/buy book.
The New Brain: How the Modern Age
Is Rewiring Your Mind
by Richard Restak. Rodale Press. 2003. 228 pages. Paperback: 2004.
Neurosurgeon and science writer Restak focuses on new technology for
examining the physiology of the brain and how it allows us to monitor and
control a far wider range of activities than was formerly possible. Topics
covered include psychopharmacological drugs, attention deficit disorder,
sensory overload, and brain damage. The book also explores the expanding
field of cognitive science and its implications, while offering practical
advice on mitigating the effects of technology on thoughts and emotions. Check price/buy book.
Out of its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis
by J. Allan Hobson and Jonathan A. Leonard. Perseus. 2001. 292 pages.
The battle for the mental health of millions of patients is being waged between
psychoanalysts (talkers) and pharmacologists (pill pushers), while the work
of neuroscientists (brain researchers) goes largely unnoticed. The authors
argue that neuroscience could help a wide range of mental illnesses, from
depression to schizophrenia, leading to a revolution in the way the mentally
ill are treated. Check price/buy book.
The Quest for Human Longevity:
Science, Business, and Public Policy
by Lewis D. Solomon. Transaction Publishers. 2005.
Solomon explores the current state of longevity science and how cutting-edge
cures will affect the fight against aging. Some of the treatments he explores
include telomerase therapy, anti-oxidants, caloric restrictions, gene
manipulations, and recently released memory-enhancing pharmaceuticals. He
also looks at the big business stakes involved in finding the answer to
Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our
BodiesAnd What it Means to be Human
by Joel Garreau. Doubleday. 2005. 384 pages.
We often think of the future in terms of external factors and circumstances.
What new discoveries will me make? How will we alter
and shape the world around us? In this look at the cutting edge of human
augmentation, Washington Post writer Joel Garreau explores how humanity might
allow technology to change who and what we are. A necessary read for anyone
who looks toward the present, and the future, wondering whether we've gotten
a bit ahead of ourselves. Check
by Michael Fossel. Morrow. 1996. 307 pages.
Medical science may soon extend the human life-span by hundreds of years,
overcoming such age-related diseases as cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's, and
heart disease. This book by a medical ethicist and practicing physician
explores the scientific breakthroughs and their implications for society and
Expectancy: A Global History
by James C. Riley. Cambridge University Press, www.cambridge.org. 2001. 243
A dramatic increase in life expectancy—some 30 years on average—occurred
between 1800 and 2000. Historian James Riley examines how humans have reduced
their risks to survival, both regionally and globally, to promote world
population growth and increased longevity. Check
The Secret Life of the Brain
by Richard Restak. Dana Press/Joseph Henry Press.
2001. 201 pages.
Everything you want to know about Homo sapiens’ most important organ.
Neurologist Restak traces the brain’s development from the womb to old age,
covering cognition, language, temperament, depression, and memory, among a
wealth of other topics. Full-color photographs and diagrams bring this
important subject to life. This volume serves as a companion book to the PBS
Global Epidemic of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
by Lee B. Reichman, with Janice Hopkins Tanne. McGraw-Hill. 2002. 240 pages.
One-third of the world's population is infected with latent tuberculosis, and
at least 10% of those infected will develop active TB in their lifetimes.
This ancient disease has reemerged stronger than ever as it adapts to misused
medications, becoming multi-drug-resistant. This eye-opening book describes
the evolution of the disease and the global efforts to combat it. Check
Health Care In Latin America And The Caribbean:
Prospects For Achieving Health For All
edited by Clement Bezold, Julio Frenk, and Shaun
McCarthy. Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF). 1998. 184 pages. English
and Spanish. Paperback.
How close (or how far) are Latin America and the Caribbean
to achieving the World Health Organization's goal of Health for All? This
book explores the technical aspects of improving health care—therapeutics,
breakthroughs in vaccines and genetics, and health-care financing and
policy—as well as the role that social and economic development will have on
health, and vice versa. Simultaneously published in English and Spanish, this
report is the result of a collaboration of leading scientists, scholars, and
Foundations of Hedonic Psychology
edited by Daniel Kahneman, Ed Diener, and Norbert
Schwarz. Russell Sage Foundation. 2003. 593 pages. Paperback.
What makes life pleasant or unpleasant? What makes individuals feel fulfilled
or empty, satisfied or dissatisfied, interested or bored? These basic and
essential questions—core issues surrounding the mystery of happiness—comprise
the study of "hedonic psychology." This groundbreaking volume of 28
essays explores what scientists know about what makes us happy, exploring
pain, mood, personality, gender, the workplace, and the physiology of the
Beyond Mobile: People,
Communications and Marketing in a Mobilized World
by Mats Lindgren, Jörgen Jedbratt, and Erika Svensson. Palgrave. 2002. 288
An in-depth look at the human aspects of mobile technology, examining how
people will work and communicate in the mobile marketplace of the future. The
authors examine preconditions, driving forces, and trends in the mobile
world, plus the place of the individual in the midst of mobile mania. Check price/buy
Visualization, and History: How New Technology Will Transform Our
Understanding of the Past
by David J. Staley. M.E. Sharpe. 2002. 174 pages.
Historian and futurist Staley discusses visualization technologies'
transformation of our understanding of history. As imaging technology becomes
more sophisticated and easier to manipulate, historians will increasingly
turn to these new tools and environments to construct narratives. Could this
be the end to prose? Staley argues that the visual language of the computer
will have a profound effect on the spread of literacy and radically alter the
way people process information. Check
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our
by Andrew Keen. Currency (Harper Collins). 2007. 240 pages.
In this provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen
discusses the consequences of today’s new participatory Web 2.0 and suggests
that it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and
creativity that drive progress. Cultural institutions such as professional
newspapers, magazines, music, and movies are being overtaken by an avalanche
of amateur, user-generated free content. The "cut-and-paste" online
culture—in which intellectual property is freely swapped, downloaded,
remashed, and aggregated—threatens more than 200 years of copyright
protection and intellectual property rights, robbing artists, authors,
journalists, musicians, editors, and producers of the fruits of their
creative labors. Read the interview with Keen. Check
Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages
by Alex Wright. Joseph Henry Press. 2007. 296 pages.
Writer and information architect Alex Wright weaves an intriguing
narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies,
Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, early
computer networks, and the World Wide Web. He pulls these threads together to
reach a surprising conclusion, suggesting that the future of the information
age may lie deep in our cultural past. Check
Cultural Amnesia: America's
Future and the Crisis of Memory
by Stephen Bertman. Praeger. 2000. 176 pages.
American society is losing its memory: Sixty percent of adults cannot name the
president who ordered the dropping of the first atomic bomb, and 42% of
college seniors cannot place the Civil War in the correct half of the
nineteenth century. This loss of cultural memory, as insidious as Alzheimer's
disease, eats away at the soul of the nation, says Bertman, author of
Hyperculture. He argues that, to build a culture worthy of the future,
Americans need to move away from their materialistic, present-oriented lives
and get more in touch with other dimensions of time. Check
Flesh: Embodying Information
edited by Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle. Routledge. 2004. 292 pages.
A collection of essays addressing the disappearance of the line between
humanity and machine, this compelling volume looks at cloning, cyborgs, and
biotechnology. Includes sections on man-machine technologies before the
information age, control, and the merger of media and art with the body.
Essayists include digital artist Mary Flanagan, historians Mark Poster and
Timothy Lenoir, and English professors Kathleen Woodward and Richard Doyle. Check
Digital Futures: Living in a
edited by James Wilsdon. Earthscan. 2001. 228
Despite the hype, e-commerce will have profound impacts on society, jobs,
communities, and the environment. This groundbreaking exploration of the
social and environmental opportunities of the new economy draws together
leading thinkers from business, academia, and public policy. Check
Life, Jim—But Not As We Know It"
by William J. Mitchell. MIT Press. 1999. 192 pages. Paperback.
In the digital age, buildings, neighborhoods, towns, and cities will retain
much that is familiar; yet, superimposed on them will be high-speed telecom
links that will shift the functions and values of existing urban elements and
radically remake their relationships. Check
Faster: The Acceleration
of Just About Everything
by James Gleick. Pantheon. 1999. 324 pages.
The best-selling author of Genius and Chaos paints an eye-opening portrait of
our fast-paced life at the turn of the millennium. Our computers, our movies,
our sex lives, and even our prayers all run faster now than ever before. The
more time-saving strategies and devices we have, the more rushed we feel,
Gleick observes, because we don't really save that time—we just invent more
uses for it. Check
Active: Media Activism and the Internet
by Graham Meikle. Routledge. 2002. 225 pages.
A compelling examination of the Internet as a tool for social, political, and
cultural change. University lecturer Meikle looks at online activism and its
capacity to influence opinion, the people behind the movements, and the
technologies that keep them in the fight for what they feel is a better
future. Includes interviews with activists and case studies of electronic
civil disobedience, open publishing for online debate, corporate sabotage,
and global communities. Check
The Future of
Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
Lessig. Vintage Books. 2002. 384 pages. Paperback.
Stanford law professor Lessig argues that large corporations are stifling
innovation and stealing power while we allow them to raid intellectual
property and control ideas. He sees the Internet as a commons—a public sphere
for the free exchange of ideas—that has been stifled by corporations and
Congress. He suggests practical solutions that benefit companies, creators,
and consumers; the technological innovations that will make them happen; and
the possibilities and implications of free idea exchange in the future. Check
The Human Cost of Speed
by Stephen Bertman. Praeger. 1998. 266 pages.
Society's institutions are breaking down under the stress of rapid change. We
are now seeing the chronic warping of morals and ethics due to our addiction
to speed. The treatment, suggests cultural historian Bertman, is nothing less
than a drastic slowdown and a reassertion of control over the technologies
that dominate our lives. Check
Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers
by Benjamin Radford. Prometheus Books. 2003. 300
A hard-hitting examination of ways in which we are deceived, the media's role
in propagating these deceptions, and the implications for the future. As the
lines between advertising, news, and entertainment blur, real problems go
unaddressed and resources are wasted on misguided ideas. Radford explores the
reasons behind these manipulations and the means by which they are
The Mobile Technology Question and Answer Book: A Survival
Guide for Business Managers
by Ron Schneiderman. Amacom. 2002. 240 pages. Paperback.
An easy-to-use guide to wireless technology and its potential uses. Among the
topics examined: mobile business applications; services and products on the
horizon; privacy, regulation, and intellectual property issues; capabilities
and limitations; and how the new technology will work with existing and
forthcoming programming. Check price/buy
by Rouzbeh Yassini. Cisco Press. 2004. 143 pages.
Yassini, the "father of the cable modem," explores broadbandthe
fastest-growing consumer media product since the VCR. This book examines the
dramatic impact of broadband on how we live, learn, work, and play in the
postindustrial era. Readers will learn how broadband connectivity is solving
some of the vexing environmental and social problems confronting humankind
and how business, academic, and government leaders are reshaping their
institutions based on broadband technologies. Check
The Next Social Revolution
by Howard Rheingold. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 266
Technology trend watcher Rheingold explores how instant and ubiquitous
communication technologies and social activism have converged into a new form
of connectivity. He calls them "smart mobs," people connected
across space and time with the power to effect change. Rheingold looks at the
characteristics of this new generation and the innovative and powerful
effects they will have on the future. Check price/buy
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force us to Choose
Between Privacy and Freedom?
by David Brin.
Addison-Wesley. 1998. 378 pages. Paperback.
Cities place surveillance cameras in public spaces in order to reduce crime,
but at a cost of the privacy of innocent people. Yet overreaction to the loss
of privacy has costs, too. Governments, the wealthy, criminals, and the
techno-elite will find ways to watch us while hiding from public
accountability. What is needed is "reciprocal transparency" that
protects both privacy and accountability, says Brin. Check
Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture
edited by John Rodzvilla. Perseus Publishing. 2002.
176 pages. Paperback.
Thirty-five essays for the initiated as well as the novice on the phenomenon
of Weblogs (or blogs)—free online journals and diaries—and the people who
keep them. A historical account of this new trend as well as an advice manual
on how to do your own "blogging," We've Got Blog is an inside look
at the changing Internet and the future of online journalism. Check
Where's IT Going?
by Ian Pearson
& Chris Winter. Thames & Hudson. 1999. 128 pages. Softcover.
Computers will talk to each other; new textiles will monitor your health;
networks will link individuals to governments. These and other dramatic
changes are ahead thanks to the convergence of communication and computer
technologies. Information technology, according to two British
Telecommunications researchers, will lead to dramatic new forms of business
and economic systems—and will shake the very foundations of society. Check
Bench Strength: Developing the Depth and Versatility of
Your Organization's Leadership Talent
Barner. The American Management Association. 2006. 240 pages.
Bench Strength provides a practical approach for assembling a team of
talented, committed individuals, essential for the future success of any
group endeavor. Some of the topics Barner explores include developing leadership
from within vs. acquiring "ready-made" leaders, identifying
candidates for specific leadership positions vs. retaining a stock of more
broadly talented candidates, and replacing mediocre workers with
high-performance employees. Check price/buy book.
Birth of the Chaordic Age
by Dee Hock. Berrett-Koehler. 1999. 345 pages.
The founder of VISA International describes how he helped build up a new form
of organization—chaordic, meaning a self-organizing system that blends
characteristics of chaos and order. This fascinating inside story shows how
VISA's member institutions simultaneously engage in competition and
cooperation—and what other organizations can learn from this inspiring case
study. Check price/buy book.
Blog Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policy, Public
Relations, and Legal Issues
by Nancy Flynn. The American Marketing Association Press. 2006. 226 pages.
An astonishing 80,000 new blogs appear daily. Companies now must quickly
devise ways to take advantage of this new tool while protecting themselves
from legal liabilities as well as critical or defamatory remarks. Blog
Rules is a best-practices guide to establishing blog-related policies and
procedures. Readers will learn how to legally and ethically regulate
employees' personal blogs that mention the company, protect trade secrets and
other proprietary information, manage the legal and business exposure
associated with corporate blogs, respond swiftly and effectively to blog
assaults against the company, and much more. Check price/buy book.
The Boston Consulting Group on
Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives
edited by Carl W. Stern and Michael S. Deimler. John Wiley & Sons. 2006..
Having a good strategy is essential to shaping one's future. But what exactly
does strategy craftsmanship entail? How does strategy differ across business
sectors? What are the principles that apply universally? In this collection
of classic essays on strategy management, the Boston Consulting Group seeks
to help managers and executives measure, rethink, and innovate their
practices from the ground up to better capitalize on future
opportunities. Check price/buy book.
Breakthrough Inc. High Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial
Rubenstein and Tony Grundy. Financial Times/Prentice Hall. 1999. 242 pages.
Strategic planning allows an organization to see the future it wants to
create, so every member of an organization should be encouraged to become a
strategic thinker and planner, according to financial management consultants
Rubenstein and Grundy. They offer a vital set of tools for creating
high-growth strategies, with practical techniques for implementing these
strategies most effectively. Check price/buy book.
Building on the Promise of Diversity:
How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities, and Our
Roosevelt Thomas Jr. American Management Association. 2005. 256 pages.
Thomas challenges common perceptions and misperceptions about diversity and
lays out a guide to help managers identify the specific differences and the
specific similarities that make a group of people diverse. This book will
also help readers assess diversity tensions and select the most appropriate
responses for a particular situation. The author serves as the CEO of R.
Thomas Consulting & Training Inc. and is the founder of the American
Institute for Managing Diversity. Check price/buy book.
The Dance Of Change: The
Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations
Senge et al. Currency-Doubleday. 1999. 596 pages. Paperback.
The author of the groundbreaking management guide The Fifth Discipline here
offers practical solutions for avoiding obstacles to change and accelerating
the learning process in organizations. Includes case studies and insights of
executives at such leading-edge organizations as Intel Corporation, Shell
Oil, Arthur D. Little, and Chrysler. Check price/buy book.
The Elusive Fan: Reinventing
Sports in a Crowded Marketplace
by Irving Rein, Philip Kotler, and Ben Shields. McGraw Hill. 2006. 345 pages.
This book explores the many challenges facing sports today and offers expert
analysis on the obstacles to recapturing the hearts and minds of today's
sports fans. Using a mix of case studies from many of today's most successful
sports leagues, teams, stars, and facilities, the book demonstrates how to
build star-powered attractions to drive sports brands. Whether you are a
decision maker on behalf of a sports team, a marketer for a sports product,
or merely a fan, this book carries relevant and eye-opening ideas. Check price/buy book.
Flock and Flow: Predicting and Managing Change in a
by Grant McCracken. Indiana University Press. 2006. 185 pages.
According to Grant McCracken, senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School,
the key to success in today’s fast-moving marketplace begins with
understanding that commotion has a pattern and dynamism has a system.
"We can continue to live by damage control, or we can change the way we
play the game," he says. In this new book, McCracken deploys
"complex adaptive theory" to track the movement of trends and new
groupings of consumers. He shows how to monitor new trends, whether and when
to introduce new brands and brand extensions, how to speak to niche markets,
and how to avoid costly mistakes. Check price/buy book.
by Stephen C.
Harper. AMACOM. 2001. 259 pages.
The forward-thinking manager is more concerned with creating the future than
competing in it, and that requires becoming a "venture catalyst"
rather than venture capitalist, says management professor Stephen Harper.
This clear and engaging book offers a model for leading change, using vivid
examples from both traditional companies and dot-coms. Check price/buy book.
Free Market Fusion: How
Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits Create 21st Century Success
by Glenn R.
Jones. Cyber Publishing Group. 1999. 232 pages. Paperback.
Cable-television pioneer Glenn Jones here describes how markets and
technologies are converging. Features interviews with futurists Alvin and
Heidi Toffler, David Osborne, Theodore Modis, and others on how you can
harness these powerful, accelerating changes. Check price/buy book.
The Future Of Leadership
Warren Bennis, Gretchen Spreitzer, and Thomas G. Cummings. Jossey-Bass. 2001.
This collection of essays by some of the most-renowned leadership gurus
offers insights that will prepare the next generation of leaders—in business,
government, and society. Contributors include Warren Bennis, Charles Handy,
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, James O'Toole, and Tom Peters, as well as leaders
from the new generation, such as Tara Church, founder the Tree Musketeers
youth environmental group. Check price/buy book.
The Future Of Management: All Roads
Lead to Man
by Robert Salmon. Translated by Larry Cohen.
Blackwell Publishers. 1996. 253 pages.
The vice chairman of cosmetics giant L'Oreal offers a visionary guide for
executives, companies, and business students who need to know the real
lessons affecting business management in the coming decades. Salmon concludes
that a new economic order is emerging based on human dynamics and aspirations
rather than short-term financial gains achieved at employees' and customers'
expense. It is devotion to human potential that will unlock the future.
At Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your
by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak.
AMACOM. 2000. 280 pages.
Never before have so many different generations worked shoulder to shoulder
without seeing eye to eye. Intergenerational clashes threaten to reduce
morale and make workplaces less productive in the future. This book offers
eye-opening insights on the four generations—their values, talents, and
troubles—and provides pragmatic guidelines for managing the multigenerational
The Infinite Resource: Creating and Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
William E. Halal. Jossey-Bass. 1998. 265 pages.
Promising new concepts, lessons, and suggestions for leading the new
organizational enterprise are here offered by some of the best minds in
business and government. Among the contributors are Bell Atlantic CEO Raymond
Smith, Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, and networking gurus Jessica
Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps. Check
Jump the Curve:
50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging
by Jack Uldrich. Platinum Press Inc. 2008. 242
Advances in computers, bandwidth, nanotechnology, and other fields offer
opportunities as well as enormous risks, argues Uldrich. To succeed, businesspeople
need to become "exponential executives," willing and able to
recognize opportunities and take their businesses into a bold new world. Check
Leadership Challenge Planner: An Action Guide to
Achieving Your Personal Best
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.
Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer. 1999. 91 pages. Paperback.
The authors of The Leadership Challenge offer a systematic approach to becoming
an "exemplary leader" and a clear blueprint for preparing,
implementing, and evaluating ideas. You'll improve your ability to
communicate your vision, strengthen co-workers' commitment, build trust among
team members, maintain employee satisfaction, and much more. Check
Make A Difference: Essential Strategies for Meeting
the Nonprofit Challenge
by Burt Nanus and Stephen M. Dobbs. Jossey-Bass.
1999. 280 pages.
The measure of success for nonprofit organizations is not profits but social
good. Leading such an organization, with different goals and values, requires
reliance on inspiration more than on monetary rewards. This book offers proven
lessons on strategy, team building, fund raising, advocacy, and other roles
for leaders who want to make a difference. Check
Before They Happen: What Every Executive and Manager Needs to Know About
by Ian I. Mitroff, with Gus Anagnos. AMACOM. 2001.
Unlike natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which are
inevitable, manmade crises such as product tampering, workplace violence, and fraud are preventable. Organizations that
fail to avert crises are held responsible by the public, so crisis management
and prevention have become significant new leadership skills for an
increasingly complex economic environment. Author Ian Mitroff, one of the
pioneers of crisis management theory and practice, offers a "Best
Practice Model" for managing crises effectively. Check
Management: Inspiring Your People for Maximum Performance
by Alexander Hiam. AMACOM. 2002. 256 pages.
Motivating workers isn't what it used to be. Creativity consultant and
trainer Alexander Hiam offers an array of activities and techniques for
creating a positive performance environment, measuring and tracking levels of
motivation, and transforming negative, future-obstructing attitudes. Check
The New Management: Democracy and Enterprise Are Transforming Organizations
by William E. Halal. Paperback. Berrett-Koehler.
1996. 284 pages. Paperback
The two recurrent themes of democracy and enterprise are transforming our
institutions. Organizations are becoming changing clusters of entrepreneurial
units working together; even fierce competitors are cooperating. This book by
the author of The New Capitalism and Internal Markets offers fundamental solutions
to the massive changes confronting all institutions in the knowledge society
of the twenty-first century. Check
One Foot Out
the Door: How to Combat the Psychological Recession That's Alienating
Employees and Hurting American Business
by Judith M. Bardwick. AMACOM. 2007. 240 pages.
As many as two-thirds of employees are either actively looking for new
jobs or merely going through the motions at their current jobs. Fearful and
feeling vulnerable after years of watching friends get laid off, they expect
the worst to happen, and they see no reason to give it their all. This
phenomenon, identified by Bardwick as "the psychological
recession," can have a devastating effect on a company’s financial
health. Based on research showing how costly bad management really is, this
book offers concrete prescriptions for combating alarming trends such as high
turnover, low productivity, and lackluster performance. Check
The Organization Of The Future
edited by Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith,
and Richard Beckhard. Foreword by Peter F. Drucker. Jossey-Bass. 1997. 397
This latest title from the Drucker Foundation Future Series is a collection
of 28 essays offering a portrait of tomorrow's workplaces. Contributors
include James A. Champy, Michael Hammer, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Philip Kotler,
Joel A. Barker, Charles Handy, and other leading management scholars, writing
on generational shifts, organizational soul, the new competencies, managing
diversity, preparing tomorrow's leaders, and more. Check
New Norms for Effective Recruitment, Performance, and
by Irving H. Buchen. Davies-Black Publishing. 2007.
Author Irving Buchen challenges organizational
leaders and human resources professionals alike to continue building
alliances across the organization as advocates for the growth of the
workforce, and to nurture and support this new performance ethic. He explores
the key facets of recruitment and retention, delivers a new handbook for
evaluation and training, and examines the changing role of human resources
and the developing workplace demographics. With exercises, tools, and
best-practice examples, the book offers lessons from the very best and most
successful companies that are encouraging the development of emerging worker
hybrids--employee-managers, manager-leaders, and leader-futurists--whose job
profiles benchmark the future of HR. Check
Positive Turbulence: Developing Climates for Creativity, Innovation, and
by Stanley S. Gryskiewicz. Jossey-Bass. 1999. 195 pages.
Healthy organizations constantly renew themselves in order to harness
turbulent change. A consultant to many of the
world's leading organizations shows how these companies succeed by allowing
creativity and innovation to flourish and offers strategies for nurturing
your company's receptivity to "positive turbulence." Check
Productive Narcissist: The Promise and Peril of
by Michael Maccoby. Broadway Books. 2003. 208
Psychoanalyst and business consultant Maccoby identifies a new type of
leader: the narcissist—the personality-driven arbiter of change who
challenges prevalent thinking. Such people—the Henry Fords, John D.
Rockefellers, and Oprah Winfreys of the world—are just as likely to lead an
organization to greatness as to fall victim to their own narcissism. Maccoby
shows how to effectively harness the narcissistic personality for leadership
success and offers techniques for working with employees and business
The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your
by David Osborne and Peter Plastrik. Jossey-Bass. 2000.
689 pages. Paperback.
The co-authors of Banishing Bureaucracy offer a nuts-and-bolts guide
to reinventing public institutions ranging from local schools to national
governments. This encyclopedic reference focuses on specific approaches, such
as performance management, competitive customer choice, and employee
empowerment, using examples of lessons learned by dozens of reinventors
around the world. Check
Search for Unrational Leadership
by Charles Fleetham. Right Brain Books. 2005. 265 pages.
Unrational leadership, according to the author, is leadership that uses both
rational and irrational methods to achieve a desired outcome. The key to
becoming an unrational leader is tapping the unconscious for information and
energy. But Western culture doesn't typically train leaders to use the
unconscious; we train them to avoid it. This book promises to help leaders
achieve breakthroughs in their governing styles, win the admiration of their
subordinates, and see the future and invent it. Check
Shaping The Adaptive Organization: Landscapes, Learning, and Leadership
in Volatile Times
by William E. Fulmer. AMACOM. 2000. 294 pages.
As evolutionary theory shows, surviving in a harsh and unpredictable
environment requires adaptability. A senior fellow at the Harvard Business
School here shows that
companies in all fields can learn to cope with volatility and uncertainty by
borrowing strategies from nature. This book offers concrete advice for
leaders on how to build an adaptive organization that embraces and thrives on
Skill Wars: Winning
for Productivity and Profit
by Edward E. Gordon. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2000.
339 pages. Paperback.
Only 20% of American workers come out of the education and training system
qualified to work in an increasingly demanding high-tech workplace. As
managers face skill shortages, they are faced with the challenge of preparing
the other 80% of workers. An expert in industrial psychology and management
shows how to increase productivity and profits by investing in developing
human capital. Check
Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
by Dave Logan, John King, and
Halee Fisher-Wright. Collins. 2008.
In an eight-year study of approximately 24,000 people in over two dozen
corporations, authors Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright declare that the
success of a company depends on its tribes, the strength of its tribes is
determined by the tribal culture, and a thriving corporate culture can be
established by an effective tribal leader. Tribal Leadership attempts
to show leaders how to employ their companies' tribes to maximize
productivity and profit. The authors' research is backed up with interviews
ranging from Brian France (CEO of NASCAR) to "Dilbert" creator
Scott Adams. Check
Creating a Compelling Sense of Direction for Your Organization
by Burt Nanus. Jossey-Bass. 1992. 237 pages.
This timely book explains what visionary leadership is all about and why it
is important now more than ever before to develop the skills necessary for
leading organizations into the future. Leadership expert Burt Nanus,
co-author of the best-selling Leaders, shows you how to develop a vision, implement
it, and know when it's time to "re-vision." Check
The Vision Retreat: A Facilitator's Guide
by Burt Nanus. Jossey-Bass. 1995. 35 pages.
A leadership expert offers a logical, step-by-step process for creating and
implementing a new direction for your organization. Check
THE VISION RETREAT: A Participant's
Workbook, 1995. 70 pages. Paperback. Check
Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide to Crafting Effective Mission and Vision Statements
by Emil Angelica. Amherst
H. Wilder Foundation. 2001. 88 pages. Paperback.
Nonprofit consultant Emil Angelica's handbook explains how to bring focus and
direction to your organization by means of effective, clear statements of
purpose. Using real-life examples, worksheets, and exercises, this practical
guidebook is a must for any business or decision-making team involved in
creating its own future. Check
Preparation for the Future: Perils and Promise
edited by Reed W. Larson, B. Bradford Brown, and Jeylan T. Mortimer.
Blackwell. 2002. 128 pages. Paperback.
Are adolescents being prepared to be adults in the emerging global, high-tech
world? This collection of seven articles evaluates how well today's youths
are being prepared for interpersonal relationships, physical and mental
health and well-being, employment, civic participation—in short, adulthood. Check price/buy
Age Right: Turn Back
the Clock with a Proven, Personalized Antiaging Program
by Karlis Ullis with Greg Ptacek. Simon &
Schuster. 1999. 319 pages. Paperback.
International antiaging expert Karlis Ullis shows you how to create an
antiaging regimen tailored to your unique biological profile. The aging
process is associated with four key factors: energy, sex, lifestyle, and biomechanical
motion. Through a series of self-tests, you can determine your unique
antiaging pathway. Includes exercises, sources for nutritional supplements,
at-home diagnostic tests, and more. Check
The Career Chase: Taking Creative Control in a Chaotic Age
Harkness. Davies-Black. 1997. 222 pages. Paperback.
Changing your career involves envisioning your future within the context of
the vast, chaotic forces of external change. This book helps you become a
"chaos chaser," offering an overview of the career change process,
procedures for self-assessment, and ways to find future direction and focus,
then put it all together in a strategic action plan. Check
Career Intelligence: The 12 New
Rules for Work and Life Success
by Barbara Moses. Berrett-Koehler. 1998. 283 pages.
To succeed in the rapidly changing work world, you must become a "career
activist." Career-management expert Barbara Moses advises: Keep up with
trends in business and in other areas, look beyond the bounds of your own
region, keep on learning, and rise above the daily frenzy of work to live a
life that's in sync with your values. Check
Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children
by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. Talk Miramax Books. 2002. 334 pages.
Almost half of all professional women are childless at age forty, by and
large not by choice. Economist Hewlett tackles the challenging subject of
childless women in the workplace, revealing the circumstances resulting in
the trade-off between success in corporate culture and motherhood. The voices
Hewlett captures are searingly honest and the information contained in her
survey is devastating. Check price/buy
Creating You & Co. Learn to Think
Like the CEO of Your Own Career
by William Bridges. Addison-Wesley. 1997. 185
Instead of looking for a new job and new employer, you should be looking for
new customers for your product—yourself. This book by the author of JobShift
and Managing Transitions shows you how to identify your desires, abilities,
temperament, and assets (DATA), so that you can market yourself successfully
and take charge of your own future security. Check
Creating Your Future: Five Steps
To The Life Of Your Dreams
by Dave Ellis. Houghton Mifflin. 1998. 225 pages.
Learning how to create your own future will help you discover new sources of
energy, says Dave Ellis, a lecturer, educator, and "life coach."
This book takes you through the five steps of future creation: commit,
create, construct, carry out, and celebrate. Check
Don't Stop The
Career Clock: Rejecting the Myths of Aging for a New Way to Work in the 21st
by Helen Harkness. Davies-Black. 1999. 200 pages.
With longer, healthier life-spans, people are now rethinking the concept of
retirement—or eschewing it altogether. Instead of letting themselves be
"put out to pasture," people are increasingly
"re-careering"—finding fulfillment and (financial security) in
later years. Futurist and career-management consultant Helen Harkness
shatters the myths of aging and offers practical exercises for resetting your
"career clock." Check
Finding Flow: The
Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. BasicBooks. 1997. 181 pages. Paperback.
To get more pleasure out of our lives, we must learn to get in touch with the
joy of becoming completely engaged in our activities. The author, a
psychologist and pioneer in happiness research, offers tools for living a
richer and more vital life, focusing on three main dimensions: work, leisure,
and interpersonal relationships. Check
Finding a Mate in the 21st Century
by Peter H. Friedlander and Veronique B. Susset.
Writers Showcase Press. 2001. 168 pages. Paperback.
A realistic guide for men and women to find the ideal mate in today's
competitive, demanding, and fast-paced world. Backed by statistics and
research, the book analyzes things to look for, things to avoid, and
strategies to take for future successful companionship. Check
Funny, I Don't Feel
Old! How to Flourish After 50
by Carter Henderson. ICS Press. 1997. 294 pages.
Aging isn't what it used to be. People are increasingly looking forward to
their next birthdays with optimism rather than dread, finding satisfying
relationships, nurturing intellectual passions, meeting new goals, and taking
on new challenges. This eye-opening book showcases many heartwarming success
stories that will inspire you to get the most out of your later years. Check
The Good News About Careers: How You'll Be Working in the Next
by Barbara Moses. Jossey-Bass. 1999. 226 pages.
Increasingly, all work is temporary. To survive the career shocks that surely
lie ahead for us all, we must develop portable sets of skills that can be
used in any new career situation. This lively, practical guidebook offers
frank advice for finding satisfaction and success in an era of uncertainty. Check
Living In The Third Millennium
by Konrad M. Kressley. Factor Press. 1998. 214
A professor of political science offers an accessible and broad-ranging
vision of probable futures, with an emphasis on developing the skills for
managing your own future. Topics include the art of forecasting, planning
your career, preparing for financial security, becoming proactive about your
health, and more. Check
The Longevity Strategy: How to Live to 100 Using the
by David Mahoney and Richard Restak. Wiley. 1998.
250 pages. Paperback.
Not only will we live longer in the future, but we will stay sharp, happy, and
healthy through old age—if we plan to. New brain research offers insights on
the brain—-body connection—the relationship among the health of our brains,
our attitudes and thought patterns, and our physical health—and suggests ways
that you can plan for mental and physical vitality for years to come. Check
by Copthorne Macdonald. Big Ideas Press. 2004. 412
Matters of Consequence is a cross-disciplinary map of reality that
addresses living a creative and significant life, sustainability, economic
justice, and other key issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Author Macdonald outlines a process for developing deep understanding through
a variety of techniques that include integrating broadly based contextual
knowledge with introspectively acquired self-knowledge. Check
The Millionaire Mind
by Thomas J. Stanley. Andrews McMeel. 2000. 406
The best-selling author of The Millionaire Next Door here delves into the
psyche of America's
wealthy success stories. Stanley
found that working hard and being married to a supportive spouse ranked
higher than graduating at the top of the class on the list of success
factors. And rather than being conspicuous consumers, most millionaires are
cautious consumers, deliberating slowly and carefully over their choices of
big-ticket items like houses and cars. Such insights offer guidance for
anyone wishing to follow in wise millionaires' footsteps. Check
Not Just a Living: The
Complete Guide to Creating a Business That Gives You Life
by Mark Hendricks. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 230
Do what you love and love what you do. Small and home-based businesses are
growing in number, and entrepreneur Hendricks offers tools, resources, and
inspiring examples for quitting the rat race and launching a fulfilling
business opportunity that rewards your passions. Check
A Paranoid's Ultimate Survival Guide
by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas Eugene
Svarney. Prometheus Books. 2002. 288 pages. Paperback.
Tips on preventing and preparing for hidden and everyday dangers—everything
from weather disasters to mites and lice—for the paranoiac in all of us. Check
Power of Negative Thinking
by Julie K. Norem. Basic Books, www.perseusbooks.com. 2001. 190 pages.
The bright side of looking on the dark side is that you can prepare for the
worst—and maybe even prevent it from happening in the first place. A
psychologist shows how managers can handle both positive and negative thinkers
in the workplace. Check
Selecting Your Employer: A
Guide to an Informed Pursuit of the Best Career for You
by Gordon Bing. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2001. 296 pages. Paperback.
Independent business consultant Gordon Bing presents a practical approach for
evaluating an employer, job offer, or employment situation. Few people are
well prepared for these tasks, yet they are increasingly important,
especially in this era of frequent job changing. This book is a comprehensive
guide for developing a plan of action and identifying critical factors to
successfully match employers and employees. Check
What Teens Need To Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways To Shape Your Own Future
by Peter L. Benson, Judy Galbraith, and Pamela
Espeland. Free Spirit. 1998. 361 pages. Paperback.
Especially written for teenagers, this book shows how to begin building your
developmental assets, such as creativity, integrity, conflict-resolution
skills, and a sense of purpose. Checklists and creative exercises focus on
external assets such as family support, school and neighborhood
relationships, and peer influence, as well as internal assets such as caring,
honesty, restraint, and interpersonal competence. These assets form a strong
foundation for life that empower you to build the
future you want. Check
Winner Takes All:
Exceptional People Teach Us How to Find Career and Personal Success in the
by Noelle Nelson. Insight Books. 1999. 211 pages.
How can people "win" when the rules of the game keep changing? As
we face a new century, we can learn from "winners" like actor
Christopher Reeve, physicist Stephen Hawking, and others who have overcome
great obstacles to continue fulfilling their dreams, says clinical
psychologist Noelle Nelson. This book offers a collection of personal
experiences plus guidelines for harnessing the power to overcome obstacles. Check
Assumption-Based Planning: A Tool
for Reducing Avoidable Surprises
by James A.
University Press. 2002.
Assumption-based planning is a tool for identifying an organization's
underlying assumptions and bringing them into the planning process. This book
presents a variety of techniques for rooting out those assumptions and steps
for decreasing risks associated with them. Essential for business managers
and strategic planners interested in improving existing operational plans. Check price/buy book.
Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You
by Gerd Gigerenzer. Simon and Schuster. 2002. 310 pages.
Benjamin Franklin's axiom that "nothing is certain but death and
taxes" is this book's theme, and Gigerenzer applies it to such
scientific and technical breakthroughs as HIV testing, mammograms, and DNA
fingerprinting. A compelling book that looks at many diverse subjects in
entirely new ways. Gigerenzer successfully argues that overcoming
mathematical illiteracy is one of the keys to understanding uncertainty and
risk and making decisions about the future. Check price/buy book.
Choosing The Future: The Power of Strategic Thinking
Wells. Butterworth-Heinemann. 1998. 216 pages. Paperback.
To choose a direction for yourself or your organization, you need to be able
to see and create possibilities. Successful strategy is a mental discipline
consisting of broad ranging, flexible, and creative thinking. This book will
help you develop such skills as knowing when to delay a decision for more
information, balancing contrasting modes of thought, and transforming thought
into action. Check price/buy book.
Community Planning: An
Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan
by Eric Damian Kelly and Barbara Becker. Island
Press. 2000. 478 pages. Illustrated. Paperback.
This introductory textbook examines the comprehensive planning process,
demonstrating what planners do and showing how citizens can become involved
in the process of shaping the future of their community. Includes exercises,
discussion questions, reading and reference lists, online resources, and
The Community Planning Handbook
by Nick Wates. Earthscan Publications. 2000. 230
pages. Paperback. Illustrated.
More individuals are becoming involved in shaping the futures of their
communities. This attractively presented handbook offers easy-to-understand
advice and practical information on effective planning methods. Includes
real-life examples, glossary, and lists of contacts and publications for more
Planning for the 21st Century: General Theory And Principles
by Melville C. Branch. Praeger. 1998. 184 pages.
Planning is vital for governments, businesses, and the military, yet planners
in these sectors rarely work together or learn from each other. This guide to
the key aspects of planning, written by a leading planning theorist and
educator, is an invaluable tool for practicing planners and students in urban
and regional planning, public administration, business management, and other
Making For Technology Executives: Using Multiple
Perspectives to Improve Performance
by Harold A. Linstone. Artech House. 1999. 315
Openness to paradigms that are alien to one's own is as difficult as it is
uncommon, but it is more crucial than ever before. The author of Multiple
Perspectives for Decision Making here applies his techniques to helping fill
the knowledge gap between technology specialists and executives—a gap that
could prevent organizations from moving forward in the fast-paced
information-based economy. Check
Empire: The Developing World's Journey Through Heaven and Hell
by Alice H. Amsden. MIT Press. 197 pages.
In Escape from Empire, Alice Amsden argues that the more freedom a
developing country has to determine its own policies, the faster its economy
will grow. From the end of World War II until the 1980s, poor countries,
including many in Africa and the Middle East, enjoyed a modicum of economic
growth. Then during the Reagan era, U.S. policy changed. The definition of
laissez-faire shifted from "Do it your way" to an imperial "Do
it our way." Growth in the developing world slowed and income
inequalities skyrocketed. Amsden describes the two eras in the U.S.
relationship with the developing world as "Heaven" and
"Hell"a beneficent and politically savvy empire followed by
a dictatorial, ideology-driven one. Check
to Sustainable Cities: Meeting Human Needs and Transforming Community Systems
by Gwendolyn Hallsmith. New Society Publishers. 2003. 259 pages. Paperback.
The author demonstrates how yesterday's solutions to
urban planning have become the problems cities face today. The book presents
a new approach to city planning for developing healthy social, governmental,
economic, and environmental systems and maintaining sustainability in the
twenty-first century. Check
and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition
by Bent Fkyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner
University Press. 2003.
207 pages. Paperback.
Megaprojects—huge infrastructure developments like highways, dams, airports,
and bridges—are multibillion-dollar business. Too often, however, promoters
mislead governments, the media, and the public about costs and benefits,
resulting in overruns, environmental damage, and questionable returns. The
authors detail their experiences with several projects, including the Channel
Tunnel, Denmark's Great
Belt link, and Scandinavia's Øresund link,
and offer valuable and practical accountability solutions to curb future
Planning: Six Steps to Planning Anything
by Richard Muther. Management and Industrial
Research Publications. 2000. Approx. 60 pages. Spiralbound.
Planning is the most profitable activity you can engage in: Nothing else
returns so much for the time and effort invested, says author Richard Muther,
chairman of the Institute for High Performance Planners. High-performance
planning techniques aren't just for professional planners—the
"getting-things-done" strategies outlined in this workbook are
flexible enough to be used in any project setting. Check
Skills: Envisioning the Future and Making it Happen
by Peter Capezio. Career Press. 2000. 118 pages. Paperback.
Good planning skills are the key to getting your work done faster and
better—and allowing you to go home at night without a briefcase loaded with
work to do! This easy-to-read guide and workbook will help you increase your
personal productivity—and improve the performance of your organization.
You'll learn to forecast and prioritize, analyze systems and processes, set
objectives, create contingency plans, define your visions and goals, and
continually evaluate your progress. Check
Preferred Futuring: Envision the
Future You Want and Unleash the Energy to Get There
L. Lippitt. Berrett-Koehler. 1998. 221 pages. Paperback.
People respond to change differently: Some hold onto the past, some respond
to the problem, some predict the future through massive data collection and
analysis, and others focus on the future they want, then plan and create it.
This last approach, "preferred futuring," is a powerful tool for
organizational redesign and transformation—as useful in personal planning as
it is in organizational, civic, and national planning. This book offers
step-by-step guidance, using real-life examples. Check
Planning For Smart Leadership: Rethinking Your Organization's Collective
Future through a Workbook-Based, Three-Level Model
by William J. Austin. New Forums Press Inc. 2002. 326 Pages. Paperback.
A "how-to" for strategic planning, offering workbooks with several
approaches leading to organizational success. Practical and systematic, this
book is essential for managers intent on rethinking
outmoded processes and building strong teams.
Strategic Planning Workbook For
Nonprofit Organizations (Revised and
by Bryan W. Barry. Amherst
H. Wilder Foundation. 1997. 130 pages. Paperback.
Step-by-step guidance for developing a realistic plan for your organization's
future. This handbook includes reproducible worksheets designed to help you
develop the plan, involve others in the process, and measure results. Topics
covered include the critical ingredients of a sound plan, strategies to
address problems and opportunities, a detailed sample of one organization's
strategic plan, and information on how various organizations can use
strategic planning. Check
Strategic Thinking And The New
Science: Planning in the Midst of Chaos, Complexity, and Change
by T. Irene Sanders. Free Press. 1998. 184 pages.
With a growing number of mega-mergers, strategic alliances, and
reorganizations, the business environment is becoming ever-more complex and
chaotic. Applying insights from the new science of chaos and complexity
theory, Irene Sanders shows how managers can develop foresight about future
business trends, innovations, and opportunities. She describes a new model of
strategic thinking that can be used by everyone, from small business owners
to managers in large corporations. Check
Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry:
Activism, Innovation and the Environment in an Era of Globalization
by David J. Hess. MIT Press. 2007. 334 pages. Paperback.
A science and technology studies professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Hess examines how social movements and other forms of activism
affect innovation in science, technology, and industry. Hess proposes a
theory of scientific and technological change that considers the roles of
both industry and grassroots consumers in setting the research agenda in
science and technology. His analysis of alternative pathways to change
suggests how economic organizations could shift to a more just and sustainable
Annihilation From Within:
The Ultimate Threat to Nations
by Fred Charles Iklé. Columbia University Press.
2006. 142 pages.
Iklé. a former U.S. undersecretary for defense policy, warns that the
greatest strategic threat facing the world today is a cunning tyrant gaining
possession of a new technology--not to attack other nations, but to assume
dictatorial power and destroy a country's government from the inside out.
Globalization ensures the spread of such technology comment: "With an
engrossing interpretation of our history since the Modern Age, Fred Iklé
explains this new era where the survival of leading nations will be
threatened from within." former U.S. Secretary of State Henry
Healthy Culture: Strategies for an American Renaissance
edited by Don E. Eberly. Eerdmans. 2001. 543 pages.
A call for cultural renewal to address the major problems in U.S.
society, from promiscuity to bad manners, that are
negatively affecting families and businesses. Check
by J.H. Crawford. International Books/Paul & Company. 2000. 324 pages.
Detailed ideas on "carfree cities" for a more sustainable,
healthier, and happier future. Check
Co-Creating A Public
Philosophy For Future Generations
edited by Tae-Chang Kim and James A. Dator.
Praeger. 1999. 284 pages. Paperback.
Governments must strive to balance the needs of the present with those of
future generations. New processes and institutions have been proposed to meet
this need, such as long-range planning departments, futures commissions, and
technology-assessment efforts, but more needs to be done. This collection of
essays by scholars and futures practitioners proposes a variety of techniques
to incorporate foresight more effectively in governmental decision making. Check
Justice and Security After War
edited by Charles T.
Call. U.S. Institute for Peace Press. 2007. 273 pages. Paperback.
How can societies emerging from armed conflict create systems of justice and
security that ensure basic rights, apply the law effectively and impartially,
and enjoy popular support? In Constructing Justice and Security After War,
various scholars, criminal-justice practitioners, and former senior officials
of international missions examine the experiences of countries that have
recently undergone transitions from conflict to peace, with significant
international involvement. The volume offers generalizations based on
comparisons of justice and security reforms in some of the most prominent and
successful recent cases of transitions in Central America, Africa, the
Balkans, and East Timor. Check
Environment, Social Equity, and the Global Economy
by Robert C. Paehlke. MIT Press. 2003. 306 pages.
Simple thinking about globalization—outright rejection or total
acceptance—creates economic problems. How can democracies create sound
environmental protections and social programs and remain competitive? Trent University professor Paehlke argues
for advancing global cooperation and equity, including global minimum wages
and other economic reforms, using the electronic media to restore balance
among environmental, societal, and economic sectors. Check
Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social
by Bill Moyer. New Society Publishers. 2001. 227 pages. Paperback.
Social action such as civil-rights movements alter
the fabric of society, but their success or failure is not easily predicted.
This book offers a model of the eight stages through which social movements
evolve, outlining ways that activists can improve their efforts toward
attaining their goals. Check
The Double Helix: Technology and Democracy in the American Future
by Edward Wenk Jr. Ablex. 1999. 235 pages.
Technology is certain to have unintended consequences for civil society—as
demonstrated by the fallout of the Y2K computer glitch. But as technology
drives change, policy must steer it. This insightful volume, by the first
science and technology adviser to Congress and a member of three presidential
staffs, shows how technology and democracy are intimately connected, both
requiring our best anticipatory thinking skills to make ethical choices for
the future. Check
The E-Bomb: How America's
New Directed Energy Weapons Will Change the Way Future Wars Will Be Fought
by Doug Beason. Da Capo Press. 2005. 320 pages.
Imagine a high-intensity laser beam capable of safely immobilizing an
attacker, hijacker, or suspect, without harming the bystanders around him.
While it may sound like something from a summer Hollywood
blockbuster, nonlethal, directed-energy weaponry does indeed exist and may
soon be used to fight the wars of tomorrow. Check
the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America's
by Joseph Vranich. The American Enterprise Institute. 2005. 265 pages.
Vranich has served as the public-affairs spokesman for Amtrak and as
president of the High Speed Rail Association. In this polemical text, he
examines the phenomenal success of for-profit railway travel in Canada and Japan,
and then asks why the United
States could not follow the same route. A
sound and coherent argument for change from an industry veteran, End of the
Line will resonate with free-market proponents. Nancy Rutledge Connery of the
Council on Amtrak Reform calls the book "a serious public policy text
that is a page turner right through its appendices." Check
Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies
edited by Richard Shweder, Martha Minow, and Hazel Rose Markus. Russell Sage
Foundation. 2002. 485 pages.
How should governments deal with cultural differences among their
constituents? This collection of essays examines problems and solutions as
populations move to new countries while maintaining ties with traditions and
values of their homelands. Check
From Empire to
Community: A New Approach to International Relations
by Amitai Etzioni. Palgrave. 2004. 258 pages.
Renowned sociologist Etzioni's latest book formulates a communitarian theory
of international relations and approach to foreign policy. He argues that a
new global architecture based on Western principles of rights and liberty and
Eastern notions of community and authority are the solutions to transnational
problems. Security, human rights, and environmental protection are best
solved cooperatively, and Etzioni explores ways of creating global
authorities strong enough to handle these issues. Check
Super Projects: Mega Ventures Shaping Our Future
by H. McKinley Conway and Laura Lyne. Conway Data. 2006. 248 pages. Paperback.
This book, which includes highlights from previous Global Super Project
conferences, examines the top projects under way around the world and
showcases some of the ways that governments and corporations are shaping the
environment, the societies, and the economies in which we live. Some of the
projects explored include the Alaska gas
pipeline, Malaysia's Petronas Towers, and the Russian/U.S. nuclear
weapons disposal program. Check
Gray Dawn: How the
Coming Age Wave Will Transform America—and the World
by Peter G. Peterson. Times Books. 1999. 280 pages.
The major economies of the world are on a collision course with the aging of
global society. Increased longevity is a demographic challenge that will affect
economies, political systems, lifestyles, values, and even military security.
This book looks at what governments will have to do within the next 30 years
to address the staggeringly expensive challenges ahead. Check
Everywhere: A Portrait of America's
by William H. Hudnut III. Urban Land Institute.
2003. 478 pages.
First-tier or older suburbs are places where many critical issues in the
United States are being played out daily, including education reform,
neighborhood planning, and social exclusion. Urban planner Hudnut focuses on
the unique and substantial assets these places have to offer America and
their future promise. Anecdotes inform this enlightening journey through the
suburban landscape. Check
In the Hands
of the People: The Trial Jury's Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in
by William L. Dwyer. Thomas Dunne Books. 2002. 256 pages.
What is the future of the jury system in American jurisprudence? U.S.
District Judge Dwyer examines what has gone wrong with American litigation
through history and suggests reforms in order to save and reshape the jury
system in the twenty-first century. Check
by John Hood. Templeton Foundation Press. 2001. 308 pages.
The growth of personal investment altered the economic landscape forever in
the twentieth century. The twenty-first century will see the political
impacts of that paradigm shift, as stockholders gain extraordinary influence
on public policy. Check
Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement
by Ruth Milkman. The Russell Sage Foundation. 2006. 264
Sharp decreases in union membership over the last 50 years have caused many
to dismiss organized labor as irrelevant in today's labor market. In the
private sector, only 8% of workers today are union members, down from 24% as
recently as 1973. Yet developments in Southern California—including the
successful Justice for Janitors campaign-suggest that reports of organized
labor's demise may be exaggerated. In L.A. Story, sociologist and
labor expert Ruth Milkman explains how Los Angeles, once known as a company
town hostile to labor, became a hotbed of unionism, and how immigrant workers
emerged as the unlikely leaders in the battle for workers' rights. Check Price/Buy
More from Social Experiments: Evolving Analytic
by Howard S. Bloom et al. The Russell Sage Foundation. 2005. 256 pages.
According to the publisher, Learning More
from Social Experiments represents a significant leap forward in
social policy analysis. Theory and research examples come together here to
demonstrate how randomized experiments and non-experimental statistical data
can improve the scope and relevance of social research. Check
for Tomorrow: Bringing America's
Schools Back from the Brink
by Edward L. Davis. Orgone Press. 2006. 294 pages. Paperback.
Davis, a pioneer in computer-based instruction and learning design, argues
that the conversation an education needs to change from higher standards,
smaller classrooms, and more money to how best to redesign school systems. In
this book, he attempts to reveal the core problems with schools in the United States, explain why the old model no
longer works, and set a comprehensive vision for the future of U.S.
The Limits Of
by Amitai Etzioni. Basic Books. 1999. 280 pages. Paperback.
In this groundbreaking work, sociologist and communitarian advocate Amitai
Etzioni examines the tension between individuals' right to privacy and the community's
needs for public health and safety. In calling for a new definition of
privacy, he addresses such issues as "Megan's Laws" (which inform
members of a community when a convicted child molester may be moving in),
mandatory HIV testing of infants, powerful encryption methods that give
privacy to criminals and terrorists, and the development of new biometric
identification cards that will effectively end all anonymity.
The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of
American Social Policy
by Theda Skocpol. W.W. Norton. 2000. 207 pages. Paperback.
Households with children have lost economic ground to those without. This
book offers a vision of family-friendly policies that empower the working
middle class, who do most of the caring for children. Check
Futures: Citizen Rights and Local Control
by George W. Liebmann. Transaction Publishers.
2004. 189 pages. Paperback.
Government and education lawyer Liebmann writes about centralized government,
civic participation, and their consequences. This book explores how citizens
must exercise their power in order for a society to move forward and improve.
Reprinted, with a new introduction by the author. Check
The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy
edited by Manuel Castells and Gustavo Cardoso.
Center for Transatlantic Relations, the School for Advanced International
Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
2006. 434 pages.
The world stands at a crossroads in the development of the network society.
Current social systems stall the dynamics of creativity, governments may not
be ready to accept democracy of communication, and economics players must
recognize the need to redefine property rights. Prominent researchers and
politicians from the United States,
European Union, and South America examine
the opportunities and challenges of the network society-and offer
recommendations for policy. Check
Organizing U.S. Foreign
Aid: Confronting the Challenges of the Twenty-First
by Carol Lancaster and Ann Van Dusen. The Brookings Institution Press. 2005.
78 pages Paperback.
The amount of U.S.
foreign aid sent to developing nations has grown in the last decade. But
critics say it often is not used effectively. Carol Lancaster, former deputy
administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Ann
Dusen, former senior career officer at USAID, outline the reasons to increase
major development education and fundamentally reorganize U.S. aid
Globalization: A New Vision of Federal World Government
by James A. Yunker. University
Press of America. 2007. 404 pages.
Would a world government necessarily lead to world tyranny? At the very
least, it could produce an insurmountably paralyzed bureaucracy. But a
limited world government, perhaps called a Federal Union of Democratic
Nations, could overcome the problems of the United Nations and help
contribute to the future security and prosperity of all of humanity. Economic
and cultural globalization should continue, argues economist Yunker, but
accompanied by political globalization that creates a more effective
decision-making infrastructure to solve the world's problems.
Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations
by Joe R. Feagin. Routledge. 2000. 304 pages.
Most white Americans are unable and unwilling to see how racism shapes their
lives and damages the lives of blacks. Yet if current trends continue, whites
will become the minority in California and Texas by 2010 and in the United States as a whole by 2050.
What is needed is more cross-racial antiracism
organizations and education campaigns for white empathy, argues the author. Check
Middle: The Politics We Need Now
by Mark Satin. Westview Press. 2004. 220 pages.
Mark Satin, editor of the newsletter Radical Middle outlines long-term
solutions to such problems as energy independence, universal health care,
affirmative action, education, and terrorism. Check
and Technology Advice for Congress
edited by M. Granger Morgan and Jon M. Peha. RFF Press. 2003. 236 pages.
This collection of essays examines the importance of providing lawmakers with
sound, balanced advice for making decisions on science and technology issues.
Topics covered include technology advice for the U.S. Congress, the
accomplishments of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the importance
of the National Academies, and other models, including those in Europe, for providing legislators with technology
Democracy: Americans' Belief about How Government Should Work
by John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse. Cambridge University
Press. 2002. 284 pages.
Is greater citizen involvement the solution to society's problems? Not
according to political science professors Hibbing and Theiss-Morse. Americans do not
want to be involved in politics and are content to turn decision making over
to others, provided they are non-self-interested. A compelling challenge to
the prominent view that government participation leads to better government. Check
The Stem Cell Divide: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Fear Driving
the Greatest Scientific, Political, and Religious Debate of Our Time
by Michael Bellomo. AMACOM. 2006. 262 pages.
Controversy around stem-cell research has not slowed the global competition
to develop the breakthrough treatments such research promises. Author Michael
Bellomo debunks many of the exaggerated claims on both sides of the ethical
debate, interviewing scientists on what the research has accomplished so far,
what they hope to accomplish, and what dangers need to be addressed. Check
Wars: Inside Stories from the Frontlines
by Eve Herold. Palgrave Macmillan. 2006. 238 pages.
Science writer and policy analyst Eve Herold of the Genetics Policy Institute
provides an insider's perspective on the work done by researchers and
politicians alike, describing in clear terms both the science behind
stem-cell research and the debates it provokes. Says California Senator
Dianne Feinstein, "Eve Herold's book is a forthright and compelling
declaration of the immensely promising potential of stem cell research."
Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads
edited by Gabriel Roth. The Independent Institute. 2006.
564 pages. Paperback.
When roads are safe, logically designed, and well maintained, everyone
benefits: Transportation costs go down so goods are cheaper, and traffic
decreases, allowing people to live closer to where they want without worrying
about commute time. Even the environment gains as people around the world
save gasoline they would otherwise expend idling on congested streets and
highways. Unfortunately, many of the government systems in place to build,
allocate for, and manage roads around the world are either inefficient,
corrupt, or both. In this book, an international group of policy experts
examine market-based alternatives for road services. According to the
authors, the main obstacle to the private provision of roads is public
That's Not What We
Meant To Do: Reform and its Unintended Consequences in Twentieth-Century America
by Steven M. Gillon. W.W. Norton. 2000. 288 pages.
The war on poverty and the Civil Rights Act were intended to raise the
prospects of the poor and disenfranchised. But among the unintended
consequences were increased dependency and racially conscious public
policies. In an increasingly complex society, policy makers hoping to do good
things need a broader perspective and more humility, argues historian Steven
Gillon, dean of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.
2007 State of the Future
by Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon. The
2007. CD ROM (6,000 pages) Plus Executive Summary (99 pages,
The 2007 State of the Future presents 11 years of cumulative research
and methods from the Millennium Project. The Report Card on the Future
section distills the collective intelligence of over 2,000 leading
scientists, futurists, scholars, and policy advisers for governments, corporations,
nongovernmental organizations, universities, and international organizations.
Includes: 15 Global Challenges Prospects, Strategies, Insights; education and
learning possibilities to the year 2030; State of the Future Index for the
world and nations; Environmental Security; 700 Annotated Scenario Sets; and
much more futures intelligence on technology, environment, governance, and
the human condition. "The State of the Future is an informative
publication that gives invaluable insights into the future for the United
Nations, its Member States, and civil society," says Ban Ki-moon,
Secretary-General of the United Nations. Check
What Makes Charity Work?
edited by Myron Magnet. Ivan R. Dee, publisher.
2000. 242 pages.
Charities need to reestablish the role of values change, encouraging the poor
to take control of their lives and become more self-reliant, according to
contributors to this practical and insightful volume. Check
When Markets Fail: Social Policy and Economic Reform
edited by Ethan B. Kapstein and Branko Milanovic.
Russell Sage Foundation. 2002. 235 pages.
A collection of seven essays by prominent economists and sociologists on how
emerging market economies are shaping unemployment compensation, pensions,
and other social programs. Focusing on Latin America, Africa, eastern Europe,
and the Middle East, the authors investigate
the benefits and pitfalls as these regions move toward European-style welfare
systems. The essays examine politics, ideologies, and history's influence on
each region's social programs and the future of these programs worldwide. Check
Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How
by S. David Freeman. Gibbs Smith. 2007. 226 pages. Paperback.
Global warming and war, terrorism and high energy
prices--the litany of problems caused by U.S. dependence on imported oil
makes a persuasive case for striving for energy independence. But can it be
done without causing further economic turmoil? Absolutely, according to
longtime energy policy consultant S. David Freeman. A greener and more secure
energy supply can be derived from solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, and
geothermal technologies, if demanded by individuals and supported by policy
makers, argues Freeman. Check Price/Buy
Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century
by Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight. Public
Affairs. 2001. 270 pages.
The ghost of Woodrow Wilson, whose vision of international action to resist
bloody conflicts failed miserably, haunts world leaders even today. Former
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and Brown
University professor James Blight
offer a provocative action plan for realizing Wilson's
dreams, calling for the United States
to engage only in multilateral interventions, for full reconciliation between
Russia and China, for a
restructuring of the United Nations, and for eliminating nuclear weapons. Check
the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America
by Newt Gingrich. Regnery Publishing. 2005. 243
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, futurist Newt Gingrich
puts forth a principled and articulate treatise on the proper role of
government and the duty of the individual in a free society. Topics discussed
include reestablishing a constitution-minded judiciary, health care in the
twenty-first century, and "patriotic" education. Check
Science and Technology
After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning
by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield. W.W. Norton.
2006. 256 pages.
In After Dolly, the geneticist who cloned Dolly the sheep plunges
headfirst into the cloning debate. Wilmut explains the cloning technology he
pioneered and examines the positive prospects for curing diseases on the
genetic level, as well as the somewhat darker prospects of attempting to
design babies with enhanced characteristics. Check
The Age Of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human
by Ray Kurzweil. Viking. 1999. 388 pages.
The difference between humans and machines is increasingly blurring. Ray
Kurzweil, inventor of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and the Kurzweil
synthesizer, argues that by 2030 people will be able to download their brains
into a computer. The marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence
will fundamentally alter—and improve—the way we live, he believes. Check
Autonomous Robots: From
Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control
by George A. Bekey. MIT Press. 2005. 560 Pages.
Bekey provides a head-to-toe overview of the state of modern-day robotics.
From the "robotic lamprey" to the future of prosthetics, if it
buzzes, hums, walks, slithers, or floats, it's here.
Rodney Brooks, of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs
declares this book "a startlingly complete account of the major
questions, progress, and future directions for this increasingly economically
important area of research." Check
Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice
by Ronald M. Green. Yale. 2007.
Abioethics expert outlines the new capabilities of genomic science,
addresses urgent questions of safety that genetic interventions pose, and
explores questions of parenting and justice. He also examines the religious
implications of gene modification. Babies by design are assuredly in the
future, the author concludes, and by making responsible choices as we enter
that future, we can incorporate gene technology in a new age of human
adventure. Check Price/Buy
Beyond AI: Creating
the Conscience of the Machine
by J. Storrs Hall. Prometheus Books. 2007. 400
Computers have already been designed that are capable of driving cars,
playing soccer, and finding and organizing information on the Web in ways
that no human could. Will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers
that can read a newspaper with understanding, write novels, or even formulate
laws? Will we need to start talking about a computer's intentions? Hall
provides a glimpse into the astonishing possibilities and dilemmas on the
Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World
by Jeremy Rifkin. Tarcher/Putnam. 1998. 288 pages. Paperback.
Biotechnology has the potential to change to world of the twenty-first
century far more dramatically than even computers have in the twentieth. The
promises of the coming biotech century include a cornucopia of new plants and
animals to feed a hungry world, new sources of energy, and new cures to
eliminate human suffering. But author Rifkin argues that there are also
potential nightmares, including genetic discrimination and irreversible
damage to the biosphere caused by the release of uncontrollable genetically
engineered life-forms. Check
Unwired World: The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet
by Alex Lightman with William
Rojas. John Wiley and Sons. 2002. 314 pages.
Upcoming technologies and emerging opportunities in wireless communications
are going to dwarf any innovations seen so far. Wireless technology expert
Lightman examines pervasive computing, fourth-generation connectivity and
services, broadband fixed wireless access, and wireless revolutions in China and Japan. An enlightening tour of a
growing industry for IT professionals, executives, and managers. Check
Brilliant! Shuji Nakamura and the Revolution in
by Bob Johnstone. Prometheus Books. 2007. 336
Brilliant! tells the story of Shuji Nakamura, the Japanese engineer
who invented solid-state white lights. According to some industry observers,
the invention promises to make the conventional light bulb obsolete and has
eluded the best minds at the top electronic firms for 25 years. According to
Johnstone, a revolution in the way we use artificial lighting is under way,
one that is every bit as sweeping and significant as Edison's invention of
the light bulb. The technology of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is ready for
widespread implementation. Its impacts will include a reduction in energy
consumption for electric lighting by up to 80%. Check
The Bullet's Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia
by William Pfaff Simon & Schuster. 2004. 368 pages.
National Book Award Finalist William Pfaff examines the fascistic,
communistic, and totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century and finds a
common ancestor-idealism. Each of these monstrous movements gained ground and
popularity by promising heaven on earth. Pfaff's book presents a highly
readable and intellectually substantive history of what happens when good
intentions go bad. Check
Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the
Redesigned Human of the Future
by James Hughes. Westview Press. 2004. 320 pages.
Medical ethicist Hughes argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of
humanness can radically improve our quality of life if they are controlled
democratically. He foresees an era of extended life spans, enhanced
cognition, and greater control over emotion and memory through technologies breaking
ground today. Topics include posthumanism, transhumanism, liberty, artificial
intelligence, nanotechnology, and "a sexy, high-tech vision for a
radically democratic future." Check
The Design of
by Donald A. Norman. Basic Books. 2007. 231 pages.
Donald A. Norman, a popular design consultant to car
manufacturers, computer companies, and other industrial and design outfits,
points out what's going wrong with the wave of products just coming on the
market and some that are on drawing boards everywhere—from "smart"
cars and homes that seek to anticipate a user's every need, to the latest
automatic navigational systems. Norman builds on this critique to offer a
consumer-oriented theory of natural human-machine interaction that can be put
into practice by the engineers and industrial designers of tomorrow's
thinking machines. This is a consumer-oriented look at the perils and promise
of the smart objects of the future, and a cautionary tale for designers of
these objects—many of which are already in use or development. Check
by Cynthia L. Breazeal. MIT Press. 2004. 263 pages.
Paperback and CD-ROM.
The robot of the future will be sociable and not merely a sophisticated tool,
according to media arts professor Breazeal. It will be able to understand,
communicate, interact, learn, and grow with us and be socially intelligent.
Breazeal defines the key aspects of social intelligence and offers a
framework and design for realizing them in mechanical form. Includes a CD-ROM
detailing the components of Kismet, a robot Breazeal designed. Check
Intelligent Machines and Human Values
by Thomas M. Georges. Westview Press. 2003. 285 pages.
This is an introduction to artificial intelligence and all its implications
for the human future, intended for readers without a strong science
background. Research scientist Georges addresses the ethical questions behind
the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Emotion, consciousness,
rights, ethics, sociology, and the truth behind doomsday scenarios of
computers taking over the world are among the topics covered. Check
The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity
by Wyn Wachhorst. Basic Books. 2000. 225 pages.
This collection of five essays spans 500 years of interstellar exploration
and scientific achievement. Beginning with pioneers like Johannes Kepler,
historian Wachhorst explores the imagination of seventeenth-century science
fiction, the extraordinary vision of the film Destination Moon (1950),
and the promise of space travel embodied in our modern-day astronauts, among
other topics. His perceptive writings yield exceptional insight into what
really drives spacefaring and motivates new pioneers toward space
Analysis for Sustainability
edited by Hans Joachim et al.
The MIT Press. 2004. 454 pages.
This expansive and rigorous text provides a panoramic view of life on this planet,
as well as the various challenges that lie ahead. An
impressive array of authors examine the physical and biological
catalysts of global change and advance a timely and sound argument for
environmental stewardship. Check
The Earthscan Reader in Environment Development, and Rural
edited by Samantha Jones and Grace Carswell. Earthscan. 2004. 253 pages.
The field of sustainable economics is, by nature, concerned with effecting a paradigm shift. Yet might a shift be in order
for the field? Featuring essays published over the last decade on population,
property, poverty, and other key issues, this book interjects a fresh and
much needed voice into the discussion of sustainable development. Check
The End Of
The Dinosaurs: Chicxulub Crater and Mass Extinctions
by Charles Frankel. Cambridge University
Press. 1999. 223 pages.
French geologist Charles Frankel gives a detailed account of the great mass
extinction of 65 million years ago, focusing on the discovery of the
Chicxulub impact crater in Mexico.
He then describes the effects of impacts on the biosphere and the potential
for similar giant impacts in the future. Check
Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
by K. Eric Drexler. Anchor. Reprint edition 1987. Paperback.
Classic introduction to nanotechnology examines potential applications in
medicine, the environment, and other key areas. Check
Evolution Isn't What
It Used To Be: The Augmented Animal and the Whole Wired World
by Walter Truett Anderson. W.H. Freeman. 1996. 192 pages. Paperback.
A lucid discussion of major advances in the electronic technologies and the
biosciences and the convergence of these technologies with human life in a
new "Bio-information Society." Check
Than Jets: A Solution to America's Long-Term
by Brad Swartzwelter. Alder Press. 2003. 188 pages. Paperback.
Electronic version available for $12.95 from P.O. Box 797, Kingston,
Transportation visionary Swartzwelter proposes a new underground train system
for the United States,
running through vacuum tubes, operating without fossil fuels, and using
magnetic levitation to be nearly completely frictionless. Swartzwelter's book
details the history of transportation and U.S. infrastructure problems,
while giving specifics about how his revolutionary system can work. Check
Five Regions of the
by Joel A. Barker and Scott W. Erickson. Portfolio. 2005. 240 pages.
Taking on topics ranging from pet robots and hypersonic planes to wave power
and waterless toilets, futurists Barker and Erickson give readers a totally
new way to understand and take advantage of the future of technology. By
understanding how five "TechnEcologies" grow and develop, the
authors show how to use your company’s talents and assets to their best
advantage and maximize the opportunities that each offers. Check
Mendel to Monsanto—The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
by Peter Pringle. Simon and Schuster. 2003. 256
Journalist Pringle fills in some of the blanks concerning genetically
modified food by answering basic questions, demystifying language, explaining
the science, and making sense of scare tactics and propaganda. Beginning with
Mendel in the 1860s and finishing with the qualified promises of biopharming,
Pringle delineates the history of transgenic foods and the promises—and
dangers—their future holds. Check
The Future of Life
by Edward O. Wilson. Alfred A. Knopf. 2002. 229 pages.
the interaction between humans and other species, in particular those species
that have lost or are losing the battle against human encroachment. He finds
the solution to this clash lies in cooperation among government, the private
sector, and science and technology. Wilson's
approach to his subject is one of intelligence, hope, and encouragement for
the future. Check
The Gecko's Foot: Bio-InspirationEngineering New
Materials from Nature
by Peter Forbes. W.W. Norton & Company. 2005.
In this engaging book, science writer Peter Forbes examines how the patterns
found in nature continue to inspire scientific and technological invention.
Readers may be surprised to learn, for instance, that the fruits of the
cocklebur inspired the hook and loop fastener known as Velcro; unfolding
leaves and insect wings share the same folding patterns as solar panels; and
the self-cleaning leaves of the sacred lotus plant have spawned a new
industry of self-cleaning surfaces. In many ways, nature can help us to see
our world in a new way. Check
Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology
edited by Michael Ruse and David Castle. Prometheus
Books. 2002. 355 pages. Paperback.
The history, science, and future of GM foods are explored by a wide assortment
of experts and critics, ranging from Pope John Paul II to Greenpeace. While
biotechnology holds out promise to feed the world's
impoverished, the potential for environmental damage and technology run amok
must also be weighed. Comment: "Well-edited compilation of
opinions concerning genetically modified foods." —FUTURIST editors
The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology is Transforming the Way We
Live and Who We Are
by Gina Smith. AMACOM. 2004. 262 pages.
Science/technology journalist Smith guides readers through the major
developments in DNA technology and some of their implications, including
cloning, stem-cell research, hereditary diseases, gene therapy, cancer, and
longevity. The religious, political, ethical, and moral aspects of these
issues are also explored. Check
Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology
by Marc Zimmer. Prometheus Books. 2005. 221 pages.
This book is about green fluorescent proteins, first noted in one species of
jellyfish and cloned in 1994 for a host of potentially revolutionary
applications, including cancer research, agriculture, and combating
Zimmer narrates the story of how these "glowing genes" were
located, cloned, and then mass-produced for tracking bacterial infections,
detecting chemical and biological agents, and other far-ranging uses. Check
Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
by David Johnston and Kim Master. New Society Publishers. 2004. 379 pages.
A comprehensive guide to all you need to know to make your home
environmentally friendly. The authors take the reader through a recent
renovation in detail, stressing the energy, cost, and health advantages of
green remodeling. The book deals with general building principles as well as
room-by-room specifics, covering foundations, finishing, plumbing,
ventilation, appliances, and solar energy. A detailed appendix also lists
common sources of indoor air pollutants. Check price/buy book.
Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and
the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms
by Wil McCarthy.
Basic Books. 2003. 222 pages.
Will it be possible to turn anything into something else? Science columnist
McCarthy explores the infinite potential of programmable matter—technology
that can replicate the properties of any known atom or give it the properties
of a different atom. McCarthy visits the scientists and technicians on the
cutting edge of this new technology to explore the possibilities, properties,
and magical applications of manipulating and altering matter. Check price/buy book.
Imitation of Life: How Biology is Inspiring Computing
by Nancy Forbes.
MIT Press. 2004. 171 pages.
As computers and the tasks they perform become increasingly complex, researchers
are turning to nature for inspiration. Science analyst Forbes finds
inspiration in biology and the attempt to understand how organisms process
information. Topics include artificial life, cellular automata, and
biomolecular self-assembly. Check price/buy book.
Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span—And
Changing the World
by Ben Bova. Avon Books. 1998. 275 pages.
Ben Bova, the former editor of Omni and a leading writer on futurist topics,
provides a lucid overview of the exciting research leading to longer and
healthier lives. Biomedical breakthroughs will also have tumultuous societal
consequences, impacting economics, politics, education, work, religion, and
marriage. Check price/buy book.
The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless,
Timeless and Endless
by John D. Barrow. Pantheon Books. 2005. 352 pages.
Drawing from fields as diverse as math, physics, literature, and philosophy, The
Infinite Book is a short, witty guide to the greatest cosmic riddle of
all time. Available after Augst 2. Check price/buy book.
Future: The Seamless Integration of Technology into Everyday Life
edited by Peter J. Denning. McGraw-Hill. 2001. 256 pages.
This collection of essays by some 26 experts presents an astonishing overview
of how far science and technology have brought us in understanding our
universe—and ourselves. Among the distinguished
contributors are oceanographer Marcia McNutt, astrophysicist Neil Tyson, and
inventor Ray Kurzweil. Check price/buy book.
with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for
edited by Alan Lightman, Daniel Sarewitz, and
Christina Desser. Island Press. 2003. 347 pages.
This collection includes 16 compelling essays on life in the age of
exponentially expanding technologies by some of today's most innovative
thinkers. Among the topics covered are robotics, the Internet,
nanotechnology, cloning, nuclear weapons, genetically modified crops, and
artificial intelligence. Authors include AI guru and inventor Ray Kurzweil,
political adviser and lawyer Lori Andrews, novelist Richard Powers,
researcher Carl-Gustaf Thornström, and anthropologist Kathy Schick. Check price/buy book.
Loving the Machine:
The Art and Science of Japanese Robots
by Timothy N. Hornyak. Kodansha America. 2006. 160 pages.
In Loving the Machine, journalist Hornyak explores Japan's love affair
with robots, detailing the latest trends in robot development. Through
in-depth interviews with scientists, researchers, historians, artists,
writers, and others influencing or influenced by the field of robotics,
Hornyak argues that Japan is uniquely positioned to create the world's first
mass robot culture. With more than 80 color photographs and images, Loving
the Machine is a beautifully illustrated overview of the coming
human/machine world. Check price/buy book.
The Long Tomorrow: How Advances in
Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Postpone Aging
by Michael R. Rose. Oxford University Press. 2006.
This book offers an account of the modern science of aging from the personal
perspective of the author, a professor of evolutionary biology at the
University of California at Irvine. Rose surveys the entire field of
antiaging research, offering portraits of leading scientists and shedding
light on key findings from around the world. Check price/buy book.
Nature: The Coming Age of Bio-Inspired Computing
by Moshe Sipper. McGraw-Hill. 2002. 262 pages.
Cutting-edge computers, robots, and other marvels of human ingenuity have
extended humankind's reach beyond the wildest dreams of our grandparents.
Computer scientist Sipper shows how these complex machines are still
notoriously bad at learning things—and how using nature and biological
systems as inspiration can help researchers design better, more adaptable
machines for the future. Check price/buy book
Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Promise, and Products
by the National Research Council. National
Academy Press. 2002.
117 pages. Paperback.
This scientific volume highlights new developments and opportunities in
environmental and biomedical applications of marine biotechnology, including
commercial exploitation of biotech products. Subjects include drugs,
genomics, bioengineering, and policy. Includes abstracts of 16 workshops held
in 2001 on marine biomedical applications. Check price/buy book
Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small
by William Illsey Atkinson. AMACOM. 2003. 306 pages.
Science writer Atkinson takes on a fantastic voyage to the complex and
beautiful world of science at the nanoscale, where full-sized medical labs
float on the tiniest of chips. Breakthroughs promise to alter how we work,
play, thrive, communicate, and even raise our children. But could they also
lead to a new war of worlds? Atkinson sides with the techno-optimists against
delaying progress in order to avoid catastrophe. Check price/buy book
Truth Behind the Nanotechnology Buzz
by David M. Berube. Prometheus Books. 2006. 520
Communication studies professor Berube evaluates the claims and counterclaims
about nanotechnology made by a broad range of interested parties, including
government officials and bureaucrats, industry leaders and entrepreneurs,
scientists, journalists, etc. This study is intended to help the reader separate
the realistic prospects from the hype surrounding this important cutting-edge
technology. Check price/buy book
Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human
by Andy Clark. Oxford University
Press. 2003. 229 pages.
The human body is already merging with technology to form cybernetic
organisms (cyborgs), argues philosopher and cognitive scientist Clark. It is
human nature to create tools to enhance life, from glasses and pacemakers to
wearable computers and plastic brains. This book explores the many ways we
have adapted our lives to make use of technology and the way technology has
adapted to individual users. The past, present, and future of
humanity-enhancing technology—their promises, implications, and natural
inevitability—are all under discussion in this compelling volume. Check price/buy book.
Next for Nanotechnology
by J. Storrs Hall.
Foreword by K. Eric Drexler. Prometheus Books. 2005. 320 pages.
Researcher Hall answers some vital questions about nanotechnology, explaining
how this growing discipline fits into historical technological trends and the
impact that the continuation of these trends will have on the future. In a
straightforward and balanced way, Hall analyzes the benefits as well as the
potential risks, covering the technological, political,
and social implications that nanotech has for the future of the human race. Check price/buy book.
by John D. Barrow.
Oxford. 2007. 259 pages.
Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything
that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the
Universe? The quest for the theory of everything--a single key that unlocks
all the secrets of the universe--is no longer a pipe-dream, but the focus of
some of our most exciting research about the structure of the cosmos
according to Barrow, director of the Millennium Mathematics' Project at
Cambridge University. Barrow describes the ideas and controversies
surrounding what he calls the ultimate explanation. He tells of the M-theory
of superstrings and multiverses, of speculations about the world as a
computer program, and of new ideas of computation and complexity. He also
considers and reflects on the philosophical and cultural consequences of
those ideas and their implications for our own existence in the world. Check price/buy book.
The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of
the Twenty-First Century
edited by John Brockman. Vintage Books. 2002. 301
Twenty-five original and thought-provoking essays on what science has in
store for us in the next 50 years—from mastering disease to cybernetics to
the genesis of the cybersphere. A compelling volume from some of science's
best forward-thinking minds, including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Alison
Gopnick, Martin Rees, Peter Atkins, and David Gelernter. Check price/buy book.
On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will
Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines
by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee. Times Books. 2004. 261 pages.
Inventor Hawkins explores the meaning of intelligence and the functions of
the brain and their implications for the future of intelligent machines.
Covering such topics as perception, creativity, and consciousness, Hawkins
and Blakeslee show how understanding these processes will make it possible
for us to build machines that will exceed the human capacity for knowledge. Check price/buy book.
Our Cosmic Future: Humanity's Fate in the Universe
by Nikos Prantzos. Cambridge University
Press. 2000. 288 pages. Illustrated.
In the near term, humans may colonize the Moon and Mars or explore other
planets in the solar system. But what about the longer term—centuries,
millennia, and eons from now? Originally published in French in 1998, this
prize-winning book artfully explores the history and future of humans in
space and speculates on the ultimate fate of the universe itself. Check price/buy book.
Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics,
and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World
by Douglas Mulhall. Prometheus Books. 2002. 390
Technology is growing smaller and computing power continues to expand to
almost unbelievable levels. Mulhall tours astounding developments in
nanotechnology and robotics and explores their far-reaching impacts on the
future of humanity. Check price/buy book.
Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology
by Edward Tenner. Knopf. 2003. 314 pages.
A revealing historical look at the inventions of
everyday things that protect us, position us, or enhance our performance.
Topics include the histories of athletic shoes, chairs, keyboards,
eyeglasses, and baby bottles. Where these inventions came from, the reasons
behind their development, and future innovations are
covered in this enjoyable, easily accessible volume, which investigates
ergonomics, technology, technique, and other effects on the evolution of
everyday items enhancing the body. Check price/buy book.
A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
by Michio Kaku. Doubleday. 2004. 428 pages.
Physicist Kaku describes the extraordinary advances that have transformed
cosmology over the last century and forced scientists to rethink their
understanding of the birth of the universe and its ultimate fate. He offers a
glimpse trillions of years into the future, when the survival of intelligent
life may depend on the ability to migrate between universes and across time. Check price/buy book.
Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and
Steven Levy. Simon and Schuster. 2006. 284 pages.
The Apple Company's iPod device has sold more than 50 million units
internationally. In The Perfect Thing, Levy, chief technology editor
at Newsweek, charts the rise of the iPod from design to marketing to impact.
Besides being one of the most successful consumer products in decades, the
iPod has changed our behavior and even our society. It has transformed Apple
from a computer company into a consumer electronics giant. It has remolded
the music business, altering not only the means of distribution but even the
ways in which people enjoy and think about music. Now the iPod is beginning
to transform the broadcast industry, too, as podcasting becomes a way to
access radio and television programming. Levy examines how this innovation is
already shaping the future. Check price/buy book.
Words: Symbols, Space, and the City
by William J. Mitchell. MIT Press. 2004. 269 pages.
Cities participate in the production of meaning by providing places populated
with objects for words to refer to. Inscriptions on these objects (labels,
billboards, newspapers, graffiti) provide another
layer of meaning. Today, the flow of digital informationfrom one
device to another in the urban scenecreates a digital network that
also exists in physical space. William J. Mitchell, professor of architecture
and media arts and head of architecture and arts at MIT, explores the complex
flow of information through twenty-first century urban space in a series of
captivating and informative essays. Check price/buy book.
Press On: Principles of Interaction
by Harold Thimbleby. MIT Press. 2008. 464 pages.
Interactive systems and devices, from mobile phones to office copiers, do not
fulfill their potential for a wide variety of reasons—not all of them
technical. Press On argues that we can design better interactive
systems and devices if we draw on sound computer science principles.
Programmers—who have the technical knowledge that designers and users often
lack—can be more creative and more central to interaction design than we
might think, says Thimbleby, a professor of computer science at Swansea
University. Check price/buy book
Probable Tomorrows: How Science and
Technology Will Transform Our Lives in the Next Twenty Years
by Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies. St.
Martin's Press. 1997. 352 pages.
Science and technology have dominated life in developed countries since the
Industrial Revolution. In the twenty-first century, they will change it
almost beyond recognition. Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies offer readers a
fascinating look at near-future advances, inventions, products, services, and
everyday conveniences that will change how people live and work. Check price/buy book.
Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems
and Machines Inspired by Living Things
by Robert Frenay. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2006. 521 pages.
In Pulse, science writer
Robert Frenay explores the coming world of emotional computers, ships that
swim like fish, money that mimics the energy flows of nature, and many other
ways in which our "manmade" world will be influenced by the chaotic
living landscape around us. Pulse
shows how ideas that have shaped Western science, industry, and culture for
centuries are being displaced by the rapid rise of a "new biology"human
systems and machines that work like living things. Check price/buy book.
Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human
by Michael Chorost. Houghton Mifflin. 2005. 232
Full of quiet bravery, real science, and genuine hope for the future, Rebuilt
is the intimate and moving story of one man who sought to better his hearing,
and as a result became part machine. Chorost looks at technologically
augmented living from a perspective that is as unique as it is personal. Check price/buy book.
Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future
by Gregory Stock. Mariner. 2002. 304 pages.
An expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology
writes about the immense social impacts and difficult ethical dilemmas
brought about by the coming ability to choose our children's genes.
Biological enhancement will eventually challenge our basic ideas about what
it means to be human. Check price/buy book.
Machine to Transcendent Mind
by Hans Moravec. Oxford University
Press. 1998. 230 pages. Illustrated. Paperback.
An army of robots will displace workers, causing massive unemployment—much to
humans' delight! The fully automated economy will provide a comfortable
existence for people, as robots and machine intelligence grow from us, learn
our skills, share our values, and eventually surpass our intelligence and
abilities. Will humans then want to upload themselves into advanced
computers, achieving immortality and superiority? Check price/buy book.
Reference Guide to the New Technology
by Joseph A. Angelo, Jr. Greenwood Press. 2007. 432 pages.
Although advanced technologies are the cornerstone of modern life, few people
understand how such technologies as robotics or nuclear science actually
work, according to the author. Fewer still realize
how—dramatically—technology influences our society and culture. Robotics
is a reference guide that attempts to provide nonspecialists with the most
up-to-date information on seminal developments in robotic technology, as well
as the potential social, political, and technical impacts of those
developments on everyday life, both now and in the future. Check Price/Buy
Robots Unlimited: Life in a Virtual Age
by David Levy. A K Peters. 2006. 466 pages.
Levy, founder of the Computer Olympiad, presents the history of artificial intelligence,
considers recent developments, and speculates about the future of AI, a
future that, in Levy's view, is bright indeed. Robots will one day be able to
write poetry and prose so touching that it will make men weep; judge a court
case with absolute impartiality; and converse with perfect ease. Check price/buy book.
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
by Ray Kurzweil. Viking. 2005. 672 pages.
According to renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the singularity, or
the moment when machine intelligence overtakes human intelligence, will occur
within the next 50 years. As a result, human aging will be reversed;
nanotechnology will enable us to eliminate certain vital organs; and we will
have the option to upload our brains and personalities into virtual space.
Kurzweil sees a moment where, through virtual reality and expansive computer
memory, all dreams can be made real and all obstacles to immortality
removed. The Singularity Is Near
is a book of expansive genius, exciting vision, and immense importance. Check price/buy book.
edited by Edward L. Hudgins. Cato Institute. 2002.
A collection of essays by leading experts on space’s commercial viability and
private-sector opportunities for reducing costs and developing new services.
Topics include a history of space flight and NASA; barriers to space
enterprise, private efforts, and possibilities in space; and space property
rights. Space tourism, deregulation, privatizing the shuttle, and
commercializing the International Space Station are some of the
entrepreneurial options discussed. Check price/buy book
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking By Numbers Is the New Way
to Be Smart
by Ian Ayres. Bantam Books. 2007. 240 pages.
Economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are
analyzing massive databases at lightning speed to provide greater insights
into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers. From Internet sites like
Google and Amazon that know your tastes better than you do, to a physician's
diagnosis and your child's education, to boardrooms and government agencies,
this new breed of decision makers are calling the shots. And they are
delivering staggeringly accurate results, he claims. How can a football coach
evaluate a player without ever seeing him play? Want to know whether the
price of an airline ticket will go up or down before you buy? How can a
formula outpredict wine experts in determining the best vintages? Super
crunchers have the answers. Check price/buy book.
Leading-Edge Technology Will Transform Business in the 21st Century
by James Canton. Hay House. 1999. 285 pages.
New technologies from organ cloning to virtual-reality entertainment will
transform the economy—and our lives. The president of the Institute for
Global Futures here offers guidance on dealing with a future business climate
in which half of all the products that will be sold in the future haven't
even been invented yet. Check price/buy
Tech TV's Catalog of Tomorrow: Trends
Shaping Your Future
edited by Andrew Zolli. Que Publishing. 2002. 288
From the knowledgeable staff of the cable television network TechTV, this
colorful volume highlights trends and technologies and their impact on
society in the next 15-20 years. Packed with illustrations and stories on
gadgets ranging from personal transporters and software to nanotech and
cybertech in a eye-catching format. Check price/buy book.
Tomorrow Now: Envisioning
the Next Fifty Years
by Bruce Sterling. Random House. 2003. 320 pages.
Science-fiction writer Bruce Sterling turns his skill to painting a broad
picture of the way the world may look in another half century: Human clone
babies become bitter adolescents; kids learn more from surfing the Internet
than from reading textbooks; and genetic engineering transcends the old
medical model of restoring sick bodies, offering new and improved ones. Check price/buy book.
the Nanoworld: Miniature Machinery in Nature and Technology
by Michael Gross. Perseus Books. 2001. 272 pages.
In the "universe" of the incredibly small, nanomachines will be
built that can treat diseases and offer alternatives to toxic materials and
fossil fuels. Check price/buy book.
Urban and Regional
Technology Planning: Planning Practice in the Global Knowledge Economy
by Kenneth Corey and Mark Wilson. Routledge. 2006.
This book is for volunteer or professional planners looking to mobilize their
regions and localities to take advantage of what the authors call "the
new development opportunities of the global knowledge economy." It
highlights new planning practices and seeks to stimulate regional and urban
planners to practice planning that is more effective and successful by utilizing
better models and cutting-edge technology. Check price/buy book.
Science Will Revolutionize The 21st Century
by Michio Kaku. Anchor Books. 1997. 403 pages.
Major scientific revolutions of the twenty-first century will include the
arrival of artificial-intelligence systems, the decoding of DNA, and the
perfection of ways to harness the energies of the universe, such as
supermagnets that energize a new industrial revolution and fusion engines
that transport us to the stars. For this thrilling ride into the remarkable
world to come, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace, has
interviewed more than 150 scientists and researchers working in leading
laboratories around the world. Check price/buy book.
VIVO [Voice-In/ Voice Out]: The
Coming Age of Talking Computers
by William Crossman. Regent Press. 2004. 213 pages.
As computers grow smarter and fewer people rely on written language, people
will become less reliant on the written word to convey information and ideas.
Crossman forecasts a computer-driven world where humans interact with
technology verbally, resulting in the advent of a completely oral society and
the eventual loss of written languages. Among the subjects covered: art,
mathematics, the growing importance of symbols and signs,
twenty-first-century oral history, and universal communication. Check price/buy book.
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended
by Edward Tenner. Knopf. 1996. 346 pages. Paperback.
Technology has made people healthier and wealthier, but not necessarily
happier. This compendium of "revenge effects" lists and examines
some of the unintended byproducts of technology. Check price/buy book.
War: Advanced Weapons, Strategies, and Concepts of the Post-9/11 World
by Col. John B. Alexander, U.S.
Army (Ret.). St. Martin's Press. 2003. 304
This book details the technologies and concepts necessary to determine the
outcome of global conflict. Using realistic scenariosincluding
kidnapped tourists, Amazonian drug cartels, and Middle
East conflictsAlexander provides an insider's view into
the complexities of modern warfare and how futuristic weapons will be used.
Topics covered include nanoweapons, biological technologies, thermobaric
weaponry, electrical-shock weapons, battlefield robots, and tactical lasers. Check price/buy book
Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society
by Maxwell J. Mehlman. Indiana University
Press. 2003. 226 pages.
Law professor Mehlman explores the ethical, legal, and personal issues of
genetic enhancements. He provides an overview of scientific advances that
have led to the present state of genetic enhancement and explains how these
advances could be used in the future to redefine what we think of as a normal
human being. Among the ethical questions he explores are autonomy,
inequality, safety, and hubris. Check price/buy book.
Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men
by Brian Sykes. W.W. Norton and Company. 2004. 318 pages.
Geneticist Sykes investigates the possibility of a man-free future by
examining evolutionary theory, life on earth, and the fragility of the Y
chromosome. Subjects include the genetic basis for greed, aggression,
promiscuity, and homosexuality; infertility; reproduction; and extinction.
Check price/buy book.
Nation: The Quest for Superlongevity and Physical Perfection
by Michael G. Zey. New Horizon Press. 2007. 312
Ageless Nation offers an optimistic vision of how superlongevity, the
dramatic extension of the human lifespan, will enhance every aspect of our
lives from our careers and our marriages to our health and leisure
activities. Unlike many pessimistic social commentators, Zey predicts that
superlongevity will actually enhance the economic well-being of both
individuals and society as a whole. Check price/buy book.
Bare Branches: The Security
Implications of Asia's Surplus Male
by Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer. MIT Press. 2004. 329 pages.
Populations in Asiaparticularly China
being skewed in favor of males. The authors argue that this surplus male
population will lead to domestic and international violence and represents a
threat to domestic stability and world security. Topics include sex
selection, infanticide, and policy implications of high-sex-ratio societies. Check price/buy book.
Together: Restoring the American Community
by Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein, with Don Cohen. Simon &
Schuster. 318 pages. 2003.
A look at some of the diverse and compelling ways civic renewal is taking
place in the United States.
Through the stories of everyday people, the authors show how hardworking,
committed individuals are solving social problems and building social capital
all across America
by banding together for the common good, often in innovative ways. Check price/buy book
All Come Back: Facing the Challenge of Prisoner Reentry
by Jeremy Travis. The Urban Institute Press. 2005. 420 pages.
Just as the rate of incarceration in America has increased four-fold
in the past 30 years, the number of people leaving prison has also
quadrupled. The challenge of prisoner reintegration has been largely
overlooked amid intense political and philosophical debate over America's
punishment policies. This book argues that the reality of large-scale the
release of prisoners back into society and the goal of reintegration create a
new common ground for developing criminal justice policy. Check price/buy book.
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are Doing
Wrong to Get Ahead
by David Callahan. Harcourt. 2004. 353 pages.
Everybody cheats, right? Public policy researcher Callahan blames the rising
tide of cheating across American society on the dog-eat-dog economic climate
of the last 20 years, which has given rise to corporate scandals,
high-profile plagiarism, malfeasance in sports, and other questionable
activities. Callahan argues that economic inequality has eroded values and
threatens equal opportunity, creating a wealthy class that cheats without
consequence and another class that chooses not to cheat at great professional
and personal cost. Check price/buy book.
The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger
the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines
by Loren Coleman. Paraview Pocket Books. 2004. 306 pages. Paperback.
Public policy professor Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated
coverage of murder, suicide, and life's deadly tragedies make an impact on
society. The book covers cinema, sports, music, newscasts, and other mass
media and relates their depicted violence to copycat and imitation behavior.
Coleman offers suggestions on how to break the cycle of violence begetting
violence. Check price/buy book.
City: Urbanism and its End
by Douglas W. Rae. Yale
University Press. 2003.
professor Rae explores the history of the city, reporting on growth, death,
rebirth, and the future of U.S.
urban areas. Concentrating on New
he applies the lessons learned there to many American cities and offers
serious solutions to problems experienced across the country. Topics include
manufacturing, neighborhood development, urban sprawl, government spending,
and center-city vitality. Check price/buy book
The Era of Choice: The Ability to Choose and Its Transformation of
by Edward C. Rosenthal. MIT Press. 2005. 336 pages.
Today, the forces of technology combined with economic liberalism have
afforded us an unparalleled array of choice in terms of what we consume, both
materialistically and intellectually. This abundance of options has
profoundly changed us as a culture, argues Rosenthal, and the transformation
is nowhere near compete. Check price/buy book.
Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-First Century
by Anita Harris. Routledge. 2004. 229 pages. Paperback.
An exploration of what it means to be young and female at the beginning of
the twenty-first century. Sociologist Harris examines the girls of the
future, from the "can-do" girls to the "at-risk" girls.
Topics include education and employment in the new economy, citizenship and
the self-made girl, school halls and shopping malls as "girl spaces,"
and politics for the girl of the future. Check price/buy book
The Future of Hope: Christian
Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity
edited by Miroslav Volf and William Katerberg.
William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2004. 235 pages. Paperback.
This is a collection of nine essays by theologians, social scientists, and
experts in the humanities exploring the loss of hope in postmodern society
and what that means for the future. Old optimism about human progress and the
future has given way to a culture of uncertainty and fear. These essayists
explore this shift and seek a way to infuse today's jaded society with new
vitality for the future. Check price/buy book.
the Jews: Alternative Futures for Meaningful Jewish
Existence in the 21st Century
by Tsvi Bisk and Moshe Dror. Praeger. 2004. 258 pages.
Bisk and Dror offer a thought-provoking
examination of where the Jewish people are at the beginning of the
twenty-first century, how they got there, and where they should be going if
they want to survive. The authors provide a comprehensive critique and a
positive, even heroic, vision of the Jewish future. Topics include Zionism in
the twenty-first century, the future of Arab-Jewish and Jewish-Christian
relations, the future of Israeli culture, and the Jewish community in
cyberspace. Check price/buy book
Happiness: Lessons from a New
by Richard Layard. Penguin Press. 2005. 310 pages.
The notion that we should dedicate ourselves to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness, both our own and that of others, seemed to,
Thomas Jefferson, a self-evident truth. But for all our pursuing, have we
gotten anywhere? This is the essential question asked by British House of
Lords Member Richard Layard. Using cutting-edge science, a thorough
understanding of public policy, and good old common sense, Layard makes the
case for a new approach to a very old ideal. Check price/buy book.
Human Rights and
Conflict: Exploring the Links between Rights, Law and Peacebuilding
edited by Julie A. Mertus and Jeffrey W. Helsing.
Institute of Peace Press. 2006. 549 pages. Paperback.
Three different schools of thought--human rights, conflict resolution, and
international law--offer three different and often contradictory perspectives
on peace. This volume brings these perspectives together to create a
composite picture of the relationship between human rights and conflict. Check price/buy book.
Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is
Challenging the Cult of Speed
by Carl Honoré. HarperSanFrancisco. 2004. 310 pages.
The "slow" movement is picking up speedslow transportation,
slow, food, slow work, unhurried children, patient
sex. People are discovering energy and efficiency where it may least be
expectedin slowing down. Journalist Honoré explores the growing
movement questioning the fast pace of modern life and reveling in balance,
leisure, calmness, restfulness, peace, and quiet. Check price/buy book.
World War: Tribes, Cities, Nations, and Ecological Decline
by Roy Woodbridge. University
of Toronto Press. 2004.
328 pages. Paperback.
Environmental policy specialist Woodbridge argues that the international
community must redirect present sustainable-development and poverty-reduction
efforts in ways that place provisioning of societies at the heart of
political decision making, calling on the United Nations to declare war on
ecological decline and set battle plans for the war to equitably provision
continued growth. Check price/buy book.
Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary
Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
edited by Nancy Foner and George M. Frederickson.
Russell Sage Foundation. 2004. 390 pages.
A collection of 17 essays on race and ethnicity, covering such topics as
immigration, panethnicity, assimilation, and intermarriage. The expert
authors examine how various racial and ethnic groupsincluding
immigrants, indigenous racial minorities, and African Americansrelate
to each other both historically and today and how these groups have been
formed and transformed in the context of the continuous influx of new
immigrants. Check price/buy book.
Time for Life: The
Surprising Ways Americans Spend Their Time
By John P. Robinson and Geoffrey Godbey. The Pennsylvania State University
Press. 1997. 367 pages.
Our free time is a precious commodity. Like anything precious, it is subject
to being squandered. Robinson and Godbey perform a long and detailed
examination of how time in America
is seen, felt, used, and (sometimes) abused. Also, be sure to check out
Robinson and Godbey's essay Time in Our Hands on page 18! Check price/buy book.
Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School
by Nancy Martin and Samuel Halperin. American Youth Policy Forum. 2006. 182
pages. Paperback or PDF. Order from the publisher, www.aypf.org/publications/index.htm.
Twelve communities in different parts of the United States demonstrate a wide
range of effective dropout-recovery efforts, including alternative schools,
charter schools, freestanding youth-employment programs, GED preparation,
community-college initiatives, and leading-edge state and local policies.
With increasing national concern about high dropout rates and their
connection to school reform, this report should be of great value to policy
makers and practitioners alike.
Who Are We? The Cultural Core of American National Identity
by Samuel P. Huntington. Simon & Schuster. 2004. 408 pages.
American identity is the focus of this book, which covers the national
identity crisis, Anglo-Protestant culture, religion, assimilation, Mexican
immigration, and the merging of America with the world. The
concluding chapters explore renewing American identity, globalization,
religion's resurgence, and the importance of these issues in the twenty-first
century. Check price/buy book
A World Growing Old
by Jeremy Seabrook. Pluto Press. 2004. 190 pages.
Seabrook reflects upon the myriad issues surrounding aging and the elderly,
including economic and social consequences of an increasingly older
population. He examines elder care and housing, life-expectancy, the eternal
conflicts between the young and the old including providing for those who
have retired, and threats to social security and pensions. He also takes a
look at the different ways the elderly are treated around the globe, and the
effects of an ever-burgeoning aged population on developing nations. Order
from www.plutobooks.com. Check price/buy book.
Values and Lifestyles
Radical Common Sense and Reclaiming Our Personal Sovereignty
by Marilyn Ferguson. Weiser Books. 2005. 224 pages.
Marilyn Ferguson's The Aquarian
Conspiracy, originally published in 1980, was called the
"handbook of the New Age" by USA Today. In Aquarius Now, Ferguson
reexamines the paradigm shift to a mindful society
and proposes a genuine, postpolitical revolution of consciousness and common
sense. Check price/buy book.
The Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of
by Travis Price. Palace Press International. 2007. 206 pages.
A former consultant to the Carter administration on alternative energy
policy, Price has been an innovator in the field of environmentally oriented
architecture for more than 30 years. In this picture book with more than 200
full-color photographs and illustrations, Price uses his three decades of
experience as an architect, philosopher, and educator to envision the future
of American design. Check price/buy book.
Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families
by Barbara A. Mitchell. Transaction Publishers. 2005. 230 pages.
Today's young people often experience less permanency and more movement in a
variety of family-related roles and living arrangements. Among the most
prominent changes is the phenomenon of "boomerang kids," young
adults returning to the parental home after their initial entrance into the
adult world. Sociology professor Barbara Mitchell explores how trends in
family organization have changed over the past hundred years. She also
examines how public issues such as globalization, the decline of the welfare
state, and various forms of social inequality affect the circumstances of
young adulthood. Check price/buy book.
Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience
by Anna Klingmann. MIT Press. 2007. 378 pages.