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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change | [Al Gore]

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world....
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Publisher's Summary

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times best-selling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything - a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:

  • Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.” - an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.
  • The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.
  • The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.
  • A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.
  • Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science - and are putting control of evolution in human hands.
  • There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.

From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths - no matter how “inconvenient” they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

©2013 Al Gore (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language - and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.” (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

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    savi BELLEVUE, WA 07-05-13
    savi BELLEVUE, WA 07-05-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Who said a book should be easy? Demanding but Amaz"
    If you could sum up The Future in three words, what would they be?

    Taxing, Comprehensive, Must.


    What other book might you compare The Future to and why?

    Singularity (Ray), Abundance (Dimantis)


    Any additional comments?

    At times overwhelming, at times taxing. The reading of Al Gore is somewhat tiring at times but the message is always detailed, sharp and crucially important.

    The reader is required to be smart and work through it but the payoff is amazing.

    I was reading this after Singularity (Ray), Abundance (Dimantis) thinking it would be more or less a reiteration but I was amazed at the breath and depth of Al Gore knowledge.

    The amounts of new information I was not aware of spanned and interwined between politics, genomics, global warming, world issues, robotics and a plethora of issues all backed up with ample of research details.

    A must. As said taxing but book for the wise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-05-13
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Listen to this book and change your perspective"

    I am afraid. In THE FUTURE, Al Gore opened my eyes about how urgent we need to act. We are heading for a world of destruction, of poverty, of loss of jobs, thirsty and hunger. And we are the guilty ones. But we still can change the planet and our future. Listen to it and see the world in another light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Milo Wadlin Portland, OR USA 06-06-13
    Milo Wadlin Portland, OR USA 06-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired software entrepreneur, caring for disabled wife (MS) keeping her well supplied with listening material.

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    "Great book, start to finish."

    Not many books have kept my interest over 18 hours, but this one did. Al Gore has such a lovely voice, it is too bad he didn't perform it himself, but the performance was flawless as it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 02-06-13
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 02-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I had no idea... Out of control population growth"

    and other policies which could harm the earth. Also a broad discussion of future technologies. I didn't know about the dangerous, out of control population growth in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia, where it is up to 30 times the rate of North America and Europe, and the declining number of births of white Americans vs. foreign immigrants to this country. I also thought an interesting discussion of future advances in bio-tech, medicine, electronics and environmentally friendly technologies. I wasn't so enthusiastic about his proposing wealth distribution and increased taxes on estates and families. 2 of 3 aint bad Gore!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico 03-04-13
    Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico 03-04-13
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    "Full of DATA and FACTS!"
    What did you love best about The Future?

    FACTS, FACTS and FACTS


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future?

    Everything regarding population growth. Had no idea! Too many bodies on this boat. We better learn how to swim.


    Have you listened to any of Al Gore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NO


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 02-21-13
    Diane United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "10 Stars!!!"

    “The Future” is extremely well-researched, thoughtful and eye-opening. Al Gore does a great job with the narration!

    If you listen to only one book this year, it should be this one. And then buy a copy and read it to your kids. The future may depend upon it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ROBB HOEHLEIN 02-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "at times long winded but we'll worth the effort"

    I hope my kids have a chance to read this while it's still relevant to their future

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    Thom 01-09-15
    Thom 01-09-15

    Father of 2 married 8 years. Forward is the only option

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    "Very informative very educational. Easy to listen"

    I've only been partly aware of these issues since I listened to Silent Spring. And after that I listen to incognito. Al Gore opens a full spectrum of all the things that put this world in danger. But also list the good promise change. I am only a listener now but in using a lot of the ideas you gave us to my own life. And instill these ideas into my children which are the future. Thank You Al!

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    Letta Mego 09-29-13
    Letta Mego 09-29-13

    Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes

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    "After "The Assault on Reason," this is nothing."
    Would you try another book from Al Gore and/or Al Gore?

    Yes, I'd hope he be as real as he was in "The Assault on Reason".


    Has The Future turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Al Gore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Al Gore, is Al Gore. A magnificient writer and narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so disappointed in Al Gore.... He's stopped being for the people... I guess having the presidential election STOLEN by an unqualified, lesser man, was just too much. At least he wrote a fantastic book, "The Assault on Reason" before he quit. I keep hoping he'll join someone like Ralph Nader and come back and save us all from the horrible mess we're in ... with our freedom, privacy, human rights, health and our security being stollen from us by telecommunication-cell phone-smart meter nuts, Monsanto, Bankers and Wall Street.. "The Future" makes me think Al Gore has decided to join the monsters listed above.

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    William 03-24-13
    William 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to stay awake"

    Al, I like you as a statesman, but wow, you're really dry on the narration! Listening to this book in my car, I have to be careful not to doze off!

    The content gets mixed reviews from me. Some I found interesting (like technological advances in the makings for the near future, and perspectives on historical technology development and their impacts) and other I found boring (conservatives have it all wrong - I get tired of political dialogue from both sides talking about the shortcomings of the other side ... I get it, left doesn't see through right's eyes and refuses to even consider right's perspective, and similarly right doesn't and can't see through left's eyes).

    Overall ... I think I'd buy the book again, but I'm certainly ready to move onto to something new.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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