Chapter 14. Resources - Media and Tools for Better Futures

Global Foresight Books – A Starter List

  1. A Brief History of Tomorrow, Jonathan Margolis (2012)
  2. A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution, Bowles and Gintis (2013)
  3. A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict, Ackerman and DuVall (2000)
  4. Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler (2012)
  5. Acceleration: The Forces Driving Human Progress, Ronald Havelock (2011)
  6. American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in HistoryCharles Murray (2013)
  7. An Optimists Tour of the Future, Mark Stevenson (2011)
  8. Bad Predictions, Laura Lee (2000)
  9. Big Data: A Transformation of How We Live, Work, and Think, Mayer-Schönberger (2014)
  10. Bionomics: The Inevitability of Capitalism, Michael Rothschild (1990)
  11. Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken (2008)
  12. Blown to Bits: Life Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion, Hal Abelson et. al. (2008)
  13. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World, Diamandis and Kotler (2015).
  14. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty (2014)
  15. Chasing the Scream: The (First and) Last Days of the War on Drugs, Johann Hari (2015)
  16. China’s Future?, David Shambaugh (2016)
  17. Codebreaking Our Future, Michael Lee (2014)
  18. Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide, Peter Fingar (2015)
  19. Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction & Fiction Drives Science, Brake and Hook (2007)
  20. Don’t Know Much About History: What We Need to Know But Never Learned, Kenneth Davis (2012)
  21. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Rachel Maddow (2013)
  22. Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, Hazel Henderson (2007)
  23. Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance (2017).
  24. Energy: Engine of Evolution, Frank Niele (2011)
  25. Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, Ernst Weizsacker (1998)
  26. Free: Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit By Giving Some Things Away, Chris Anderson (2010)
  27. Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Get Richer Via Government (and Bill Us), David Johnson (2008)
  28. Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Vulnerable, & What We Can Do, Mark Goodman (2015)
  29. Future Shock, Alvin Toffler (1970/1984)
  30. Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, Steven Johnson (2013)
  31. Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, Charles Kenny (2012)
  32. Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World (PDF, TTC), Steven Goldman (2007)
  33. Human-Built World: How to Think About Technology and Culture, Thomas Hughes (2005)
  34. Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species, Peter Nowak (2015)
  35. Infinite Progress: How Tech Ends Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, War, Byron Reese (2013)
  36. Innovation Nation, John Kao (2007)
  37. Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations, David Warsh (2007)
  38. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, Vaclav Smil (2013)
  39. Mega Tech: Technology in 2050, Daniel Franklin (ed.), The Economist (2017)
  40. Megachange: The World in 2050, The Economist (2012)
  41. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken (2013)
  42. Networked: The New Social Operating System, Rainie & Wellman (2014)
  43. Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright (2000)
  44. Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension, Samuel Arbesman (2016)
  45. Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Lives by 2100, Michio Kaku (2012)
  46. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction, Tom McCraw (2010)
  47. Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins (2011)
  48. Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux (2014)
  49. Republic, Lost, Lawrence Lessig (2011)
  50. Revolutionary Wealth, Alvin Toffler (2007)
  51. Scale: Universal Laws of Growth, Innov., Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Econ., & Companies, Geoffrey West (2017)
  52. Smaller Faster Lighter Cheaper Denser: Innov Proves Catastrophists Wrong, R. Bryce (2014)
  53. Social and Cultural Dynamics, Pitirim Sorokin (1957/1985)
  54. Summa Technologiae, Stanislaw Lem (1964)
  55. Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air (free online, like this Guide)David MacKay (2009)
  56. Sustainable Materials – Without the Hot Air, Julian Allwood and Jonathan Cullen (2015)
  57. Thank You for Being Late: A Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman (2016)
  58. Technolife 2035, Elina and Kari Hiltunen (2015)
  59. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital, Carlota Perez (2003)
  60. Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future, Johnson and Wetmore (2009)
  61. Technology’s Promise, William Halal (2008)
  62. The Acceleration of History, Gerard Piel (1972)
  63. The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data, and the Future of Privacy, Scoble and Israel (2013)
  64. The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World, Vince Poscente (2008)
  65. The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil (2000)
  66. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson (2009)
  67. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker (2012)
  68. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World, David Deutsch (2012)
  69. The Birth of Plenty: Creating the Prosperity of the Modern World, William Bernstein (2010)
  70. The Case for Rational Optimism, Frank Robinson (2009)
  71. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability, Paul Hawken (2010)
  72. The Eerie Silence: Renewing our Search for Alien Intelligence, Paul Davies (2011)
  73. The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future, Shiela Jasanoff (2016)
  74. The Faber Book of Utopias, John Carey (Ed.) (1999)
  75. The Fair Society: Science of Human Nature & Pursuit of Social Justice, Peter Corning (2013)
  76. The Future of the Internet, Vols 1-5, Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie (2008-2013)
  77. The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku (2014)
  78. The Idea-Driven Org: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas, Robinson & Schroeder (2014)
  79. The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, Ramez Naam (2013)
  80. The J Curve: A Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall, Ian Bremmer (2007)
  81. The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, Tom Friedman (1999)
  82. The Long Tail, Chris Anderson (2008)
  83. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Tim Wu (2011)
  84. The Nature of the Future, Marina Gorbis, 2013
  85. The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Startups, Mui and Carroll (2013)
  86. The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Barnett (2005)
  87. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, Matt Ridley (2011)
  88. The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida (2014)
  89. The Science in Science Fiction, Robert Bly (2005)
  90. The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee (2014)
  91. The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things, Kellmereit and Obodovski (2013)
  92. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil (2005)
  93. The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, Bjorn Lomborg (2001)
  94. The Switch: How Solar, Storage, and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All, Chris Goodall (2016)
  95. The Technological Singularity, Murry Shanahan, 2015
  96. The Third Chimpanzee, Jaron Lanier (2006)
  97. The Transparent Society, David Brin (1998)
  98. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Kline (2008)
  99. The State of Humanity, Julian Simon (1996)
  100. The Ultimate Resource 2, Julian Simon (1998)
  101. The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance, William McDonough (2013)
  102. The Wealth of Networks, Yochai Benkler (2007)
  103. The World is Flat 3.0, Thomas Friedman (2007)
  104. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows (2008)
  105. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Carmen Reinhart (2011)
  106. Triumph of the City, Edward Glaeser (2012)
  107. Visions of Technology, Richard Rhodes (1999)
  108. What Are You Optimistic About?, John Brockman (Ed.) (2007)
  109. What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly (2011)
  110. Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich, 7th Ed, G. William Domhoff (1967/2015)
  111. Why the West Rules… For Now, Ian Morris (2010)
  112. Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Prosperity & Poverty, Acemoglu and Robinson (2013)
  113. World Futures: The Great Debate, Christopher Freeman and Marie Jahoda (1978)

Universal Foresight Books – A Starter List

  1. At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity, Stuart Kauffman (1996)
  2. Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe, Peter Watson (2016).
  3. Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful, George McGhee (2011)
  4. Development and Evolution: Complexity and Change in Biology, Stan Salthe (1993)
  5. Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, David Grinspoon (2003)
  6. Metaman: Merging of Humans & Machines into a Global Superorganism, Gregory Stock (1993)
  7. Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion, Stuart Kauffman (2010)

Young Adult Foresight – A Starter List

  1. The Story of Mankind, Hendrik Willem Van Loon & Robert Sullivan, 1921/2013

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