Business Books

The rate of change is rapid (and increasing). But we’ve been here before...

We’re in a new Renaissance that started in the early 1990s.

Prof Ian Goldin, Oxford

Today is the slowest day we’ll know all our lives.

Prof Ian Goldin, Oxford

This could be humanity’s best century ever. But it can also be the worst.

Prof Ian Goldin, Oxford

Humans are richer and healthier than ever before, yet global tensions seem to be rising.

We should look to the first Renaissance to ensure we flourish amidst the 2nd one we’re living through now.

So says Prof Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford.

Goldin is the author of “Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance”.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Goldin for his weekly business book review.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

Description of “Age of Discovery” on Amazon:

The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery.

To avoid being torn apart by its stresses; we need to recognise the fact ― and gain courage and wisdom from the past.

“Age of Discovery” shows how.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided.

Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing.

Scientific discovery is racing forward.

But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others ― and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace.

That’s why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we’re headed.

To make sense of present shocks; we need to step back and recognise: we’ve been here before.

The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others; likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratised communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement.

But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance.

We can still flourish ― if we learn from the first.

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.


This article first appeared on 702 : The rate of change is rapid (and increasing). But we’ve been here before...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Trump bio ‘unlocks extraordinary personality and terrifying political leader’

Trump bio ‘unlocks extraordinary personality and terrifying political leader’

Bruce Whitfield interviews J Brooks Spector, Daily Maverick’s expert on all things American, for his weekly business book review.

10 most-read business book reviews of 2016

10 most-read business book reviews of 2016

Looking for a great Christmas gift? We suggest checking out these wildly popular business books…

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.

Here’s what may happen when Zuma goes (by political analyst Ralph Mathekga)

Here’s what may happen when Zuma goes (by political analyst Ralph Mathekga)

What impact will his departure have on South Africa and the ANC? Can we fix the damage — and how do we do that?

3 best business/money books you can buy right now

3 best business/money books you can buy right now

From obscene fortunes to the inspirational founders of some of the world’s most profitable companies…

How to turn R1000 into a thriving business

How to turn R1000 into a thriving business

Valerie Pole took R1000 and turned it into an extremely profitable business (and then wrote a book about it).

Popular articles
Hits from the bong (it’s legal!)… then off to work I go?

Hits from the bong (it’s legal!)… then off to work I go?

The consequences of consuming dagga at home and showing up at the office high. Bruce Whitfield interviews a labour lawyer.

Heinrich Volmink could've been a good mayor but Dan Plato gets the livery collar

Heinrich Volmink could've been a good mayor but Dan Plato gets the livery collar

Prof Jonathan Jansen sings Volmink's praises as Dan Plato is elected to lead the City of Cape Town taking over from De Lille.

'We can barely enforce tobacco legislation, how will we to deal with dagga?'

'We can barely enforce tobacco legislation, how will we to deal with dagga?'

International law enforcement expert and former Drug Unit Commander Lobo das Neves says ruling opens a different can of worms.

Key things to consider ahead of your retirement

Key things to consider ahead of your retirement

If you’re a baby boomer on the brink of retirement, here are a few things to consider ahead of time.

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

Spokesperson for Education department says the fact that this learner is still in Grade 10 at 17 may indicate there is a problem.