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Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date August 2, 2004
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743239110
ISBN-10 0743239113
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $13.60
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Summary
An exploration of the plausible prospects for tomorrow's history, and the implications they suggest for the decisions we should make today.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Events like the collapse of a major energy company or a devastating terrorist attack seem to come from nowhere. Not only are they shocking and disturbing, it often appears that their prevention would have been impossible. Not so, argues Peter Schwartz in this fascinating book. Many 'surprises', he says, soon acquire an aura of inevitability once the underlying patterns of behaviour are examined. And although we cannot do anything about the past, we can try to do something about the future. What, then, is the next big surprise? How might it play out? INEVITABLE SURPRISES covers high-level, universal trends -- from business to international affairs, from biotechnology to climate change -- but presents them in the context of the particular and concrete choices that different people must make. It distinguishes those forces beyond our control from the future that we can influence and help design -- for the world around us, for our organisations, and for ourselves.

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Hardcover
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from Gotham Books (June 1, 2003)
9781592400270 | details & prices | 247 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $27.00
About: Offers a look into the possible changes of the future in areas such as technology, medicine, and demographics, and discusses how society and businesses can prepare for the challenges and capitalize on the advantages.
Paperback
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New edition from Gardners Books (August 2, 2004)
9780743239110 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.60
About: An exploration of the plausible prospects for tomorrow's history, and the implications they suggest for the decisions we should make today.
Reprint edition from Avery Pub Group (May 1, 2004)
9781592400690 | details & prices | 256 pages | 5.20 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $18.00
About: In a paperback edition featuring a new foreword, the author of The Art of the Long View makes predictions about the business world of tomorrow, arguing that such challenges as terrorism, a dynamic global economy, and rapidly changing technology, rather than threatening today's companies, are presenting predictable opportunities for growth.

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