Inevitable Surprises

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Penguin, May 24, 2004 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
The world we live in today is more volatile than ever. The security of free nations is threatened by rogue states, the global economy is in flux, and the rapid advance of technology forces constant reevaluation of our society. With so many powerful forces at work and seemingly unpredictable events occurring, to many the future seems dark, and its possibilities frightening.

Peter Schwartz disagrees. A world-renowned visionary in the field of scenario planning, Schwartz’s startling—and accurate— predictions have been employed by government agencies and major corporations for more than twenty-five years. He argues that the future is foreseeable, and that by examining the dynamics at work today we can predict the “inevitable surprises” of tomorrow.

Timely and thought-provoking, Inevitable Surprises is a book that no one with an interest in business—or the future of our society—can afford to miss.


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Schwartz is the author of the very influential Art of the Long View, the book that made scenarios a household word. This 2003 book is a follow-up to that, a very necessary one. In addition to ... Read full review

not worth it

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Many years later his predictions are just ** . Read full review

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Inevitable Surprises
A World Integrated with Elders
The Great Flood of People
The Return of the Long Boom
The Thoroughly New World Order
A Catalog of Disorder
Breakthroughs in Breaking Through Science and Technology
A Cleaner Deadlier World
Inevitable Strategies

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About the author (2004)

Peter Schwartz is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Institute, as well as the teacher of an advanced writing course at the Institute's Objectivist Graduate Center.

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