The Long Boom: A Future History of the World, 1980-2020

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9780752820965: The Long Boom: A Future History of the World, 1980-2020
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We are watching the beginnings of a global economic boom on scale never experienced before, according to the authors of this text. We have entered a period of sustained growth that could eventually double teh worl's economy every dozen years and bring increasing prosperity for billions of people. We are riding the early waves of a 40-year cycle of a greatly expanding economy that will do much to solve seemingly intractable problems like poverty and to ease tension throughout the world. And we will do it without blowing the lid off the environment.

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Thanks to various technological, fiscal and political revolutions that reshaped our world over the past two decades, some observers believe the new millennium will offer opportunities for economic expansion that rival any previously recorded. The Long Boom is a fascinating attempt to pin down this potential upsurge by combining a shrewd examination of where we've been headed for the last 20 years with a plausible forecast of where, with a bit of good fortune and tenacity, we might be going during the next 20. Moreover, its unique mixture of germane facts and figures with supportable projections and original storytelling techniques--most notably a letter to friends sent once a decade by a fictional observer born in 1960--make it as readable as it is provocative.

Originating as an article in Wired magazine, the optimistic scenario envisioned by authors Peter Schwartz (chairman of a think tank/consulting firm), Peter Leyden (a technology, economics and political journalist) and Joel Hyatt (a Stanford entrepreneurship professor who co-founded the legal services firm bearing his name) integrates existing and potential technological advancements, financial developments, political upheavals and social movements. Among its predictions are formulation of a "glass pipeline" that seamlessly tracks manufacturing and production processes, creation of a volunteer Global Corps to aid developing nations, the dawning of a true Space Age, and birth of a unified worldwide society with "well-off people who share certain values that are transcending borders." The account is highly recommended for everyone concerned with, yet hopeful about, the future. --Howard Rothman, Amazon.com

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A brilliant and fresh commentary on the prosperous future that is ours to shape as we enter the new millennium -- Robert D. Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs

The Long Boom is not only a perceptive commentary on the economic changes of the past two decades, but distils the essential elements needed for sustained global prosperity. It is scenario thinking at its best - revealing, holistic, and provocative. -- Professor Michael Porter, Harvard Business School

The Long Boom will long be remembered as one of the most important books of this decade. -- Warren Bennis, Professor of Business, University of Southern California, and co-author of Organising Genius

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Peter Schwartz; Peter Leyden; Joel Hyatt
Published by Orion Business (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (1999)
ISBN 10: 0752820966 ISBN 13: 9780752820965
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