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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

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Author(s): Sonia Arrison
Publisher: Basic Books (2011)
Binding: Hardcover, 272 pages
List Price: $25.99

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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born.

2009 State of the Future

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Author(s): Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, Elizabeth Florescu
Publisher: The Millennium Project (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 100 pages
List Price: $49.95

2010 State of the Future

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Author(s): Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, Elizabeth Florescu
Publisher: The Millennium Project (2010)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 90 pages
List Price: $49.95

by Jerome C. Glenn. The Millennium Project. 2010. 90 pages plus CD-ROM. $49.95

Human society could grow vastly healthier, more peaceful, and more prosperous later this century, or it could be devastated by ecological damage and domestic strife, according to the 2010 State of the Future, by Jerome Glenn, Theodore Gordon, and Elizabeth Florescu, scholars of the futures-studies think tank Millennium Project. The report calls for decision makers to become more collaborative and responsive to change.

2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids

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Author(s): Amy Zuckerman, James Daly
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (2009)
Binding: Hardcover, 32 pages
List Price: $16.99

by Amy Zuckerman and James Daly Dutton. 2009. 32 pages. $16.99.

Kids in 2030 will still have to eat their vegetables, but genetic engineering will make those greens taste far yummier. School will still be in session, but most kids will be excited to go. What child wouldn’t look forward to teacher-led holograph tours of the pyramids of Egypt; multimedia centers where talking computers help students create dynamic video presentations; and gym classes replete with virtual-reality baseball and “smart” trampolines?

2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together

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Author(s): J. Kirk Boyd
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
List Price: $15.95

Since World War II, world leaders have initiated serious discussions about how to turn from a past of worldwide warfare and poverty to a future of global peace and prosperity for all, notes Kirk Boyd, executive director of the nonprofit 2048 Project.

A Call to Eco-Action Beyond the Babble

State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
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Author(s): The Worldwatch Institute, Erik Assadourian
Publisher: Island Press (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 464 pages
List Price: $23.00

More recycling, more alternative energy, and reduced carbon footprints —these are good, but they aren’t enough for a truly sustainable future, the Worldwatch Institute argues in State of the World 2013. What’s needed is a deeper, systemic transition toward a new human civilization that lives within the bounds of Earth’s finite resources.

A Digital Ownership Tug-of-War

The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright (The Information Society Series)
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Author(s): Hector Postigo
Publisher: The MIT Press (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages
List Price: $32.00

How much control can a corporation claim over a digitally generated product for which it has the license? It’s a debated question, but the digital rights movement—a burgeoning worldwide critical mass of hackers, digital activists, and creative professionals who seek broader rights for media consumers—is trying its best …

A Future-Driven Life Adventure

Memories of the Future
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Author(s): Wendell Bell
Publisher: Transaction Publishers (2011)
Binding: Hardcover, 291 pages
List Price: $47.95

From troubled youth to pioneering futures scholar, acclaimed futurist Wendell Bell takes readers through his life’s highs and lows in this candid new memoir.

A Leaderless World Order?

Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World
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Author(s): Ian Bremmer
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 240 pages
List Price: $26.95

New alliances and new cold wars are both possible as the era of superpowers is over, says policy scholar Ian Bremmer. The next few decades of geopolitics will be messy.

A New Paradigm for Older Women

Visionaries Have Wrinkles: Conversations with Wise Women Who Are Reshaping the Future
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Manufacturer: Broad Minded Publishing

In Visionaries Have Wrinkles, an anthology on womanhood and maturity, professional futurist and gerontologist Karen Sands notes that women have more power to drive business, politics, and society than at any known time in history.