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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.
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The Accountable 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.
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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.
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Business 2010: 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.
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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.
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The Chinese Century: The Rising Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the Global Economy, the Balance of Power, and Your Job
by Oded Shenkar. Wharton School Publishing. 2004. 191 pages.
China 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Democratizing Innovation
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 isa 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.
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The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences
by Louis 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
by Hazel Henderson. Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 2007. 300 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies for Innovation
by Stefan H. Thomke. Harvard Business School 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.
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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.
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Five Minds for the Future
by Howard 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.
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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.
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Get Back 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.
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Getting To The Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing: How Business Can Lead the Way to New Possibilities
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.
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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.
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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.
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Hospitality 2010: 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 restaurantsunless 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.
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India Arriving: How This Economic Powerhouse Is Redefining Global Business
by Rafiq Dossani. AMACOM. 2007. 304 pages.
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.
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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.
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Invisible 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.
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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.
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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.
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Leisure and Leisure Services in the 21st Century: Toward Mid Century
by Geoffrey 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.
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Making it Personal: How to Profit from Personalization without Invading Privacy
by Bruce Kasanoff. Perseus Publishing. 2005. 240 pages.
Although the idea frightens privacy advocates, personalizationacquiring information about consumers to better market to themis 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.
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 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 responsibilitytoward 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.
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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 commitmenta process for learning to do fewer things, and doing them better.
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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.
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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.
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The Past and Future of America's Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth
by Robert 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.
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Peripheral Vision: Detecting Weak Signals That Will Make or Break Your Company
by George S. Day and Paul J.H. Schoemaker. Harvard Business School 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 business.
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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 pages.  
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.
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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.
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The Restoration 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.
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Revolt in the Boardroom: The New Rules of Power in Corporate America
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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games
by Edward Castronova. University of Chicago Press. 2005. 332 pages.
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.
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Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society
by William E. Halal. Palgrave MacMillan. 2008. 183 pages. 
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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.
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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 categoriesincluding basics like razorsto 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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature
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.
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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.
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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 faceand brainof 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.
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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.
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Wireless Horizon: Strategy and Competition in the Worldwide Mobile Marketplace
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.
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Creative Thinking

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.
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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.
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Creativity and Innovation For Managers
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.
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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.
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Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
by Mihaly 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Hidden Intelligence: Innovation Through Intuition
by Sandra 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.
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The Hothouse Effect: Intensify Creativity in Your Organization Using Secrets from History's Most Innovative Communities
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.
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The Manager's Pocket Guide To Creativity
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.
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The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures
by Frans Johansson. Harvard Business School 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.
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New Ideas About New Ideas:Insights on Creativity from the World's Leading Innovators
by Shira P. White with G. Patton Wright. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 317 pages. Illustrated.
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.
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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. Paperback.
Among the alternative idea-generation techniques described are brainstorming, mind mapping, storyboarding, "lotus blossom," morphological analysis, and the "Mitsubishi method."
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Rousing Creativity: Think New Now!
by Floyd Hurt. Crisp Publications. 1999. 163 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Business Creativity for the '90s
by Michael 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.
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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.
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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.
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 Economics

Beyond Globalization: Shaping a Sustainable Global Economy
by Hazel 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.
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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.
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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.
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A Civil Economy: Transforming the Marketplace in the Twenty-First Century (Evolving Values for a Capitalist World)
by Severyn Bruyn. University 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. 
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The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns. The MIT Press. 2004. 274 pages. 
This is a thorough look at the future generational imbalancemore 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.
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Crisis Prevention and Prosperity Management for the World Economy
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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Elephant and the Flea: Reflections of a Reluctant Capitalist
by Charles Handy. Harvard Business School 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.
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The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics
by William 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.
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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.
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The Future of Money
by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. 2002. 176 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Future of U.S. Capitalism
by Frederic L. Pryor. Cambridge University Press. 2002. 447 pages.
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.
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Future Wealth
by Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer. Harvard Business School 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.
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Global Inc.: An Atlas of Multinational Corporations
by Medard Gabel and Henry Bruner. The New Press. 2003. 165 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 1
by Peter H. Lindert. Cambridge University Press. 2004. 377 pages. 
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.
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It's Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business
by Christopher 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.
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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. 
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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.
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The Long Boom: A Vision for the Coming Age of Prosperity
by Peter Schwartz, Peter Leyden, and Joel Hyatt. Perseus Books. 1999. 330 pages.
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.
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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.
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The New Financial Order: Risk in the Twenty-First Century
by Robert J. Shiller. Princeton University Press. 2003. 366 pages.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Education

The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University
by Frank H.T. Rhodes. Cornell University Press. 2001. 265 pages.
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.
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Cyberschools: An Education Renaissance
by Glenn R. Jones. Foreword by Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Jones Digital Century. 1997. 180 pages.
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.
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The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand
by Howard Gardner. Simon & Schuster. 1999. 287 pages.
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.
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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.
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An Education Track for Creativity and Other Quality Thinking Processes
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.
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Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age
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.
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Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children REALLY Learnand 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.
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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 Educational Research Service, 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-1587. Telephone 800-791-9308; fax 800-791-9309; e-mail ers@ers.org; Web site www.ers.org. Add the greater of $4.50 or 10% of total purchase price for postage and handling. Downloadable PDF available for purchase on ERS E-Knowledge Portal, http://portal.ers.org.

The Future of the American School System
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life
by Stephanie Pace Marshall. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 school year.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World's Biodiversity Hotspots
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.
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Assessments of Regional and Global Environmental Risks: Designing Processes for the Effective Use of Science and Decisionmaking
edited by 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.
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Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge
by Lester R. Brown, Gary Gardner, and Brian Halweil. W.W. Norton. 1999. 167 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
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.
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Birds, Scythes, and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change
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.
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Capitalism as if the World Matters (Revised Edition)
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.
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The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook 
by Godo 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.
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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
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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 pages.
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." 
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The Coming Storm: Extreme Weather and Our Terrifying Future
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.
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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.
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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. North Point Press. 2002. 208 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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The Earth Policy Reader
by Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen, and Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts. W.W. Norton. 2002. 303 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ecological Security: An Evolutionary Perspective on Globalization
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.
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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."
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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.
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Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems
by Vaclav 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.
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The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World
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.
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Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping the Next Industrial Revolution
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 Wilson International 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.
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Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature: Essays in Conservation-Based Agriculture
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.
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Feeding People Is Easy
by Colin Tudge. Pari Publishing. 2007. 159 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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
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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 coffinall for the purpose of showing how we might reinvent burial for the twenty-first century.
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Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
by David Johnston and Kim Master. New Society Publishers. 2004. 379 pages. Paperback.  
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. 
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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.
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Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning 
by George Monbiot. South End Press. 2007. 277 pages. 
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.
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Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes. Princeton University Press. 2001. 208 pages.
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.
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The 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.
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Liquid Assets: 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.
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Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity
edited by Elliot A. Norse and Larry B. Crowder. Island Press. 2006. 470 pages. Paperback
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.
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No 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.
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Oceans 2020: Science, Trends, and the Challenge of Sustainability
edited by John G. Field, Gotthilf Hempel, and Colin P. Summerhayes. 2002. 365 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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Oil, 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.
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One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
by the United Nations Environment Programme. 2005. 332 pages.
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.
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One with Nineveh: 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.
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Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures
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.
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Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition
by Lester R. Brown. Norton. 2008. 384 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Planet 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 homea 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.
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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.)
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Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of the Climate
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.
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Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
by Richard Heinberg. New Society Publishers. 2004. 208 pages. Paperback. 
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.
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Recovering America: A More Gentle Way to Build
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.
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Restoring America's Neighborhoods: How Local People Make a Difference
by Michael R. Greenberg. Rutgers University Press. 1999. 176 pages.
Neighborhoods are deteriorating in thousands of poor urban and rural areas. This book profiles effective "street fighters"—local leaders making a difference.
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Riparian 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.
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Six 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.
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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.
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Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry
by Travis Bradford. The MIT Press. 2006. 248 pages.
As today's energy crisis escalatesand gas prices along with itSolar 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 inevitable, Bradford describes, and will be as transformative as the last century's revolutions in information and communications technologies.
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State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India
by The Worldwatch Institute. W. W. Norton & Company. 2006. 243 pages. Paperback.
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.
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State 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.
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Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change
by Guy Dauncey with Patrick Mazza. New Society Publishers. 2001. 271 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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."
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Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century
edited by Volkmar Lauber. Earthscan. 2006. 256 pages.
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.
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Taming the Sahara: Tunisia Shows a Way While Others Falter
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."
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Together at the Table: Sustainability and Sustenance in the American Agrifood System
by Patricia Allen. Pennsylvania State University 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.
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Tomorrow's Energy
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.
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Vital 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.
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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.
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Where We 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.
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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 costto us and to the earthcan 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.
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The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations
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.
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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
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Futures Studies

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.
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Anticipate the 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.
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The Art Of The Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World
by Peter Schwartz. Doubleday/Currency. 1991. 258 pages. Paperback.
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.
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A Brief 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 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Buckminster 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.
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Building 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.
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Contemporary 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.
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Creating Better Futures: Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow
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.
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Creating Futures: 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.
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The 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. Paperback.
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.
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 Expectations for the Millennium: American Socialist Visions of the Future
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.
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Exploring and 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.
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Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future
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.
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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? 
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Now 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.
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Foundations of Futures Studies: Human Science for a New Era. Values, Objectivity, and the Good Society (Volume 2)
by Wendell Bell. Transaction Publishers. 1996. 370 pages.
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 society.
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Future 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. 

Future Frequencies
by Derek Woodgate with Wayne R. Pethrick. Fringecore. 2004. 337 pages. Paperback. 
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.
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The Future Is Ours: Foreseeing, Managing and Creating the Future
by Graham H. May. Praeger. 1996. 253 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Futures 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

Futures Studies: Methods, Emerging Issues, And Civilisational Visions
by Sohail Inayatullah and Paul Wildman. Prosperity Press. CD-ROM, Version 1.0.
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 pwildman@powerup.com.au or Sohail Inayatullah s.inayatullah@qut.edu.au.

The 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.

FutureThink: 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.
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Futures 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.
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Deep Futures: Our Prospects for Survival
by Doug Cocks. McGill-Queen's University Press. 2003. 332 pages. Paperback. 
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.
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Get There 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.
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The History of Utopian Thought
by Joyce Oramel Hertzler. University Press of the Pacific. 2002. 336 pages. Paperback
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.
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Impossible Worlds: 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.
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Knowledge Base of Futures Studies: Professional Edition
by Richard A. Slaughter. Foresight International. CD-ROM. $66.
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.

Leadership and Futuring: Making Visions Happen (Second Edition)
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."
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Now in Paperback
Lessons for the Future: The Missing Dimension in Education
by David Hicks.  Foreword by Wendell Bell. Trafford Publishing. 2006. 145 pages. Paperback.
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. 
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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 University. Concludes with warnings for the Third Millennium.
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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.
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Out Of The Blue: How to Anticipate Big Future Surprises
by John L. Petersen.  Madison 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.
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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.
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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 Practitioners
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.
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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 pages. Paperback.
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 s.inayatullah@qut.edu.au).

The Scenario Planning Handbook: Developing Strategies in Uncertain Times
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.
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Scenario Planning: Managing for the Future
by Gill 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.
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A Short History Of The Future (Third Edition)
by W. Warren Wagar. University of Chicago. 1999. 324 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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Tackling Tomorrow Today Volume 1, Futuristics: Looking Ahead
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.
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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.
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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. 
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Thinking Utopia: Steps into Other Worlds
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."
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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 pages.
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.
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Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight 
edited by Andy Hines and Peter Bishop. Social Technologies. 2007. 253 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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The Utopia Reader
edited by 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.
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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, and videos.
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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.
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What the Future Holds: Insights from Social Science
edited by 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.
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The World of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War
by Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi. Harvard University Press. 2005. 387 pages. 
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.
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Futurist Fiction

The Artilect War: Cosmists vs. Terrans
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.
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The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of the Gateway
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 
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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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Platinum Pohl
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.
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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.
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The Sentinel
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.
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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 starsand ourselves.
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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.
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General Interest

A Brief History of the Smile
by Angus Trumble. Basic Books. 272 pages.
Art historian Trumble traces the history of smilingincluding causes and types of smilesthrough 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.
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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.
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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.
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All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization
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.
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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.
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Bad Predictions
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.
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The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War
by Jacque 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.
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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.
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The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility
by Stewart 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
by William 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.
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The Future Ain't What It Used To Be: The 40 Cultural Trends Transforming Your Job, Your Life, Your World
by Vickie Abrahamson, Mary Meehan, and Larry Samuel. Riverhead Books. 1998. 270 pages. Paperback.
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).
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Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film
edited by Jeffery Shaw and Peter Weibel. MIT Press. 2003. 634 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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The Future Of Food
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.)
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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.
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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.
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H.G. Wells: Traversing Time
by W. Warren Wagar. Wesleyan University Press. 2004. 334 pages.
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.
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High Tech * High Touch: Technology and Our Search for Meaning
by John Naisbitt, with Nana Naisbitt and Douglas Philips. Broadway Books. 1999. 274 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence
by Peter 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.
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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.
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The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World
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.
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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. W.W. Norton. 2004. 336 pages.
Origins 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.
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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.
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The Macmillan Atlas Of The Future
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. 
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Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic
by Robert Zubrin. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. 2003. 351 pages.
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.
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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.
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The Next 500 Years: Life in the Coming Millennium
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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture
by Jacque 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.)
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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.
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Health

AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization
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.
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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 choicesincluding the possibility of rationing medical care.
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The Calcium Bomb: The Nanobacteria Link to Heart Disease and Cancer
by Douglas Mulhall and Katja Hansen. The Writers' Collective. 2004. 229 pages.
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.
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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.
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Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever        Read excerpt
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]
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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.
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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.
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Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case for the Biotech Revolution
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?
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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.
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Microbe: Are We Ready for the Next Plague?
by Alan P. Zelicoff and Michael Bellomo. AMCOM 2005. 273 pages.
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 defensesknowledge.
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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.
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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.] 
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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.
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Out of its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis
by J. Allan Hobson and Jonathan A. Leonard. Perseus. 2001. 292 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Quest for Human Longevity: Science, Business, and Public Policy
by Lewis D. Solomon. Transaction Publishers. 2005. 182 pages.
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 aging.
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Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our BodiesAnd What it Means to be Human            Read Review
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.
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Reversing Human Aging
by Michael Fossel.  Morrow. 1996. 307 pages. Paperback.
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 culture.
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Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History
by James C. Riley. Cambridge University Press, www.cambridge.org. 2001. 243 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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 series.
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Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
by Lee B. Reichman, with Janice Hopkins Tanne. McGraw-Hill. 2002. 240 pages. Paperback.
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.
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21st Century 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 consultants.
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Well-Being: The 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 brain.
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Information Society

Beyond Mobile: People, Communications and Marketing in a Mobilized World
by Mats Lindgren, Jörgen Jedbratt, and Erika Svensson. Palgrave. 2002. 288 pages.
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.
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Computers, Visualization, and History: How New Technology Will Transform Our Understanding of the Past
by David J. Staley. M.E. Sharpe. 2002. 174 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture
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.
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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.
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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.
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Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information
edited by Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle. Routledge. 2004. 292 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Digital Futures: Living in a Dot-Com World
edited by James Wilsdon. Earthscan. 2001. 228 pages.
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.
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e-topia: "Urban 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.
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Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
by James Gleick.  Pantheon. 1999. 324 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet
by Graham Meikle. Routledge. 2002. 225 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
by Lawrence 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.
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Hyperculture: 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.
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Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us
by Benjamin Radford. Prometheus Books. 2003. 300 pages.
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 accomplished.
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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.
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Planet Broadband
by Rouzbeh Yassini. Cisco Press. 2004. 143 pages.
Yassini, the "father of the cable modem," explores broadbandthe 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.
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Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
by Howard Rheingold. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 266 pages.
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.
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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.
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We've Got 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.
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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.
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Management

Bench Strength: Developing the Depth and Versatility of Your Organization's Leadership Talent
by Robert 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.
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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.
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Blog Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policy, Public Relations, and Legal Issues
by Nancy Flynn. The American Marketing Association Press. 2006. 226 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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. 
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Breakthrough Inc. High Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial Organizations
by Herb 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.
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Building on the Promise of Diversity: How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities, and Our Society
by R. 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.
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The Dance Of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations
by Peter 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.
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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.
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Flock and Flow: Predicting and Managing Change in a Dynamic Marketplace
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.
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The Forward-Focused Organization
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.
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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.
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The Future Of Leadership
edited by Warren Bennis, Gretchen Spreitzer, and Thomas G. Cummings. Jossey-Bass. 2001. 316 pages.
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.
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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. 
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Generations At Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace
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 team.
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The Infinite Resource: Creating and Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
edited by 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.
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Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies
by Jack Uldrich. Platinum Press Inc. 2008. 242 pages.
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.
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The 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.
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Leaders Who 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.
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Managing Crises Before They Happen: What Every Executive and Manager Needs to Know About Crisis Management
by Ian I. Mitroff, with Gus Anagnos. AMACOM. 2001. 172 pages.
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.
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Motivational Management: Inspiring Your People for Maximum Performance
by Alexander Hiam. AMACOM. 2002. 256 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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The Organization Of The Future
edited by Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and Richard Beckhard. Foreword by Peter F. Drucker. Jossey-Bass. 1997. 397 pages. Paperback
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.
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Partnership: New Norms for Effective Recruitment, Performance, and Training
by Irving H. Buchen. Davies-Black Publishing. 2007. 232 pages.
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 Price/Buy Book

Positive Turbulence: Developing Climates for Creativity, Innovation, and Renewal
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."
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The Productive Narcissist: The Promise and Peril of Visionary Leadership
by Michael Maccoby. Broadway Books. 2003. 208 pages.
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 associates.
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The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government
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.
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The 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.
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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 change.
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Skill Wars: Winning the Battle 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.
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Tribal 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.
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Visionary Leadership: Creating a Compelling Sense of Direction for Your Organization
by Burt Nanus.  Jossey-Bass. 1992. 237 pages. Paperback.
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."  
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The Vision Retreat: A Facilitator's Guide
by Burt Nanus. Jossey-Bass. 1995. 35 pages. Paperback.
A leadership expert offers a logical, step-by-step process for creating and implementing a new direction for your organization.
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Also available: THE VISION RETREAT: A Participant's Workbook, 1995. 70 pages. Paperback. Check price/buy book.

The 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.
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Personal Futures

Adolescents' 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.
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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.
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The Career Chase: Taking Creative Control in a Chaotic Age
by Helen 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.
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Career Intelligence: The 12 New Rules for Work and Life Success
by Barbara Moses. Berrett-Koehler. 1998. 283 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Creating a 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.
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Creating You & Co. Learn to Think Like the CEO of Your Own Career
by William Bridges. Addison-Wesley. 1997. 185 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Creating Your Future: Five Steps To The Life Of Your Dreams
by Dave Ellis. Houghton Mifflin. 1998. 225 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Don't Stop The Career Clock: Rejecting the Myths of Aging for a New Way to Work in the 21st Century
by Helen Harkness. Davies-Black. 1999. 200 pages. Paperback.
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."
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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.
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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.
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Funny, I Don't Feel Old! How to Flourish After 50
by Carter Henderson. ICS Press. 1997. 294 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Good News About Careers: How You'll Be Working in the Next Decade
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.
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Living In The Third Millennium
by Konrad M. Kressley. Factor Press. 1998. 214 pages. Paperback.
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.
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The Longevity Strategy: How to Live to 100 Using the Brain—-Body Connection
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.
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Matters of Consequence
by Copthorne Macdonald. Big Ideas Press. 2004. 412 pages.
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.
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The Millionaire Mind
by Thomas J. Stanley. Andrews McMeel. 2000. 406 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Not Just a Living: The Complete Guide to Creating a Business That Gives You Life
by Mark Hendricks. Perseus Publishing. 2002. 230 pages.
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.
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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.
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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking
by Julie K. Norem. Basic Books, www.perseusbooks.com. 2001. 190 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Winner Takes All: Exceptional People Teach Us How to Find Career and Personal Success in the 21st Century
by Noelle Nelson. Insight Books. 1999. 211 pages. Paperback
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.
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Planning

Assumption-Based Planning: A Tool for Reducing Avoidable Surprises
by James A. Dewar. Cambridge University Press. 2002. 248 pages.
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.
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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.
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Choosing The Future: The Power of Strategic Thinking
by Stuart 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.
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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 glossary.
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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 information.
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Comprehensive Planning for the 21st Century: General Theory And Principles
by Melville C. Branch. Praeger. 1998. 184 pages. Paperback.
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 fields.
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Decision Making For Technology Executives: Using Multiple Perspectives to Improve Performance
by Harold A. Linstone. Artech House. 1999. 315 pages.
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.
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Escape from 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.
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The Key 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.
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Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition
by Bent Fkyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner Rothengatter. Cambridge 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 misrepresentation.
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More Profitable 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.
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Powerful Planning 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.
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Preferred Futuring: Envision the Future You Want and Unleash the Energy to Get There
by Lawrence 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.
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Strategic 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.
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Strategic Planning Workbook For Nonprofit Organizations (Revised and Updated)
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.
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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.
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Public Policy

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 course.
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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 Kissinger.
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Building a 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.
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Carfree Cities
by J.H. Crawford. International Books/Paul & Company. 2000. 324 pages.
Detailed ideas on "carfree cities" for a more sustainable, healthier, and happier future.
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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.
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Constructing 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.
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Democracy's Dilemma: 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.
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Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements
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.
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The Double Helix: Technology and Democracy in the American Future
by Edward Wenk Jr. Ablex. 1999. 235 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America's Passenger Trains
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." 
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Engaging Cultural 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.
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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.
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Global 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.
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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.
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Halfway to Everywhere: A Portrait of America's First-Tier Suburbs
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.
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In the Hands of the People: The Trial Jury's Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in American Democracy
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. 
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Investor Politics
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.
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L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement
by Ruth Milkman. The Russell Sage Foundation. 2006. 264 pages. Paperback. 
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.
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Learning More from Social Experiments: Evolving Analytic Approaches
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.
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Lessons 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. education.
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The Limits Of Privacy
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.
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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.
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Neighborhood 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.
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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.
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Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid: Confronting the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century
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 programs.
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Political 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.
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Racist America: 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.
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Radical 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.
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Science and Technology Advice for Congress
edited by M. Granger Morgan and Jon M. Peha. RFF Press. 2003. 236 pages. Paperback.
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 advice.
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Stealth 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.
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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.
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Stem Cell 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."
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Street Smart: 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 ignorance.
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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.
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2007 State of the Future
by Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon. The Millennium Project. 
2007. CD ROM (6,000 pages) Plus Executive Summary (99 pages, paperback). 
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.
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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.
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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.
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Winning Our 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 Book

Wilson's Ghost: 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.
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Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America
by Newt Gingrich. Regnery Publishing. 2005. 243 pages. 
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.
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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.
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The Age Of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
by Ray Kurzweil. Viking. 1999. 388 pages. Illustrations. Paperback.
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.
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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."
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Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice
by Ronald M. Green. Yale. 2007. 288 pages.
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.
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Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine
by J. Storrs Hall. Prometheus Books. 2007. 400 pages.
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 horizon.
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The Biotech 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.
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Brave New 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.
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Brilliant! Shuji Nakamura and the Revolution in Lighting Technology
by Bob Johnstone. Prometheus Books. 2007. 336 pages.
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%.
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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.
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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."
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The Design of Future Things
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.
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Designing Sociable Robots
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.
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Digital Soul: 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.
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The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity
by Wyn Wachhorst. Basic Books. 2000. 225 pages. Paperback.
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 exploration.
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Earth System 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.
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The Earthscan Reader in Environment Development, and Rural Livelihoods
edited by Samantha Jones and Grace Carswell. Earthscan. 2004. 253 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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Engines of 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.
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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."
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Faster Than Jets: A Solution to America's Long-Term Transportation Problems
by Brad Swartzwelter. Alder Press. 2003. 188 pages. Paperback.  Electronic version available for $12.95 from P.O. Box 797, Kingston, Washington 98346.
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.
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Five Regions of the Future
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.
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Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto—The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
by Peter Pringle. Simon and Schuster. 2003. 256 pages.
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.
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The Future of Life
by Edward O. Wilson. Alfred A. Knopf. 2002. 229 pages.
Wilson examines 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.
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The Gecko's Foot: Bio-InspirationEngineering 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.
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Genetically 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    
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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.
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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 terrorism. Connecticut College professor 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.
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Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
by David Johnston and Kim Master. New Society Publishers. 2004. 379 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span—And Changing the World
by Ben Bova. Avon Books. 1998. 275 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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The Invisible 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.
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Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery
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.
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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.
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The Long Tomorrow: How Advances in Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Postpone Aging
by Michael R. Rose. Oxford University Press. 2006. 174 pages.
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. 
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Machine 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.
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Marine 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.
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Nanocosm: 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.
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Nano-Hype: The Truth Behind the Nanotechnology Buzz
by David M. Berube. Prometheus Books. 2006. 520 pages.
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. 
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Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence
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.
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Nanofuture: What’s 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.
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New Theories of Everything
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.
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The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century
edited by John Brockman. Vintage Books. 2002. 301 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World
by Douglas Mulhall. Prometheus Books. 2002. 390 pages.
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.
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Our Own 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.
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Parallel Worlds: 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.
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The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness 
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.
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Placing 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 informationfrom one device to another in the urban scenecreates 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.
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Press On: Principles of Interaction Programming
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.
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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.
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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.
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Rebuilt:How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human
by Michael Chorost. Houghton Mifflin. 2005. 232 pages. 
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.
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Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future
by Gregory Stock. Mariner. 2002. 304 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Robot: Mere 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?
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Robotics: A 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.
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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.
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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.
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Space: The Free-Market Frontier
edited by Edward L. Hudgins. Cato Institute. 2002. 259 pages.
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.
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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.
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Technofutures: How 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.
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Tech TV's Catalog of Tomorrow: Trends Shaping Your Future
edited by Andrew Zolli. Que Publishing. 2002. 288 pages. Paperback.
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.
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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.
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Travels to 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.
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Urban and Regional Technology Planning: Planning Practice in the Global Knowledge Economy
by Kenneth Corey and Mark Wilson. Routledge. 2006. Paperback.
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.
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Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize The 21st Century
by Michio Kaku. Anchor Books. 1997. 403 pages. Paperback.
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.
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VIVO [Voice-In/ Voice Out]: The Coming Age of Talking Computers
by William Crossman. Regent Press. 2004. 213 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
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.
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Winning the 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 pages.
This book details the technologies and concepts necessary to determine the outcome of global conflict. Using realistic scenariosincluding kidnapped tourists, Amazonian drug cartels, and Middle East conflictsAlexander 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.
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Wondergenes: 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.
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SOCIETY

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.
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Ageless Nation: The Quest for Superlongevity and Physical Perfection
by Michael G. Zey. New Horizon Press. 2007. 312 pages.
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.
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Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population
by Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer. MIT Press. 2004. 329 pages.
Populations in Asiaparticularly China and Indiaare 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.
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Better 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.
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But They 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.
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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.
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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.
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City: Urbanism and its End
by Douglas W. Rae. Yale University Press. 2003. 516 pages.
Yale University professor Rae explores the history of the city, reporting on growth, death, rebirth, and the future of U.S. urban areas. Concentrating on New Haven, Connecticut, 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.
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The Era of Choice: The Ability to Choose and Its Transformation of Contemporary Life
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.
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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.
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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.
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Futurizing 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.
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Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
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.
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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.
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In 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 speedslow transportation, slow, food, slow work, unhurried children, patient sex. People are discovering energy and efficiency where it may least be expectedin 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.
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The Next 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.
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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 groupsincluding immigrants, indigenous racial minorities, and African Americansrelate 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.
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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!
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Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth
by Nancy Martin and Samuel Halperin. American Youth Policy Forum. 2006. 182 pages. Paperback or PDF. Order from the publisher,
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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.
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A World Growing Old
by Jeremy Seabrook. Pluto Press. 2004. 190 pages. Paperback.
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.
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Values and Lifestyles

Aquarius Now: 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.
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The Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place 
by Travis Price. Palace Press International. 2007. 206 pages. 
A former consultant to the Carter administration on alternative energy policy, Price has been an innovat