Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence

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Penguin, May 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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The author of the bestseller The Art of the Long View forecasts the inevitable surprises that will shape the business world of tomorrow.

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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An interesting read, but not quite prophetic or accurate in hindsight, considering how current affairs have unfolded. Read full review

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Contents

Inevitable Surprises
1
A World Integrated with Elders
19
The Great Flood of People
47
The Return of the Long Boom
71
The Thoroughly New World Order
99
A Catalog of Disorder
129
Breakthroughs in Breaking Through Science and Technology
161
A Cleaner Deadlier World
185
Inevitable Strategies
217
Notes
237
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About the author (2004)

Peter Schwartz is cofounder and chairman of Global Business Network, part of the Monitor Group, and is a partner in the venture capital firm Alta Partners. He is the author of The Art of the Long View and coauthor of The Long Boom and When Good Companies Do Bad Things. A highly sought-after speaker for business symposia, he has also advised filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, on creating realistic versions of future societies.

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