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Birth pangs of our new world

Birth pangs of our new world

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna

There are many interesting parallels to be drawn between our era and the Renaissance but at the heart of this book is the sense that the human race has lost the wonder and optimism of the previous age. Global warming, falling productivity growth, the strains placed on the planet by a world population doubling in the last 50 years and the feeling that the next generation will be poorer than this one seem to have put an end to that. However, Messrs Goldin and Kutarna point out that the wonders of the Renaissance were not obvious at the time either and argue that the future is brighter than we recognise. 

This prognosis comes unexpectedly after over 200 pages of analysis and comment. Those that cultivate the virtues of dreaming, audacity, honesty, virtue and dignity, without seeking immediate rewards, will reshape the human condition. This book gives us the big picture. Its call for a re-emphasis on the individual efforts of everyone to create the greater good is more appealing than grandiose plans for government intervention and central planning. 

I like that simple and daring analysis and suspect it may be right.

Julian Ide is chief executive Source 

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