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Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gotham Books
Publication date June 1, 2003
Pages 247
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781592400270
ISBN-10 1592400272
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.00
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Summary
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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: One of America's foremost prognosticators and author of the bestseller and management classic The Art of the Long View discusses the big surprises ahead, the resulting scenarios that are creating the future of our world, and what they will mean for you and your business.

The world we live in today is more volatile than ever. At times it seems that the only constant we can rely on is change itself-and what the future will bring appears to be anybody's guess. But Peter Schwartz, one of the most visionary scenario planners of our time, believes the future is taking shape around us now, and that by taking a closer look at the changes in action today, we can predict what the world of tomorrow will be like.

With Inevitable Surprises, Schwartz offers a provocative look at the forces that are dramatically reshaping our world-and shows what we can do to plan ahead for our society, our businesses, and ourselves. Each chapter takes a predetermined new reality that we will soon face-including regenerative medicine, global climate change, an aging population in the West, and the rise of terrorism-and offers critical foresight for the coming decades. Ultimately, Schwartz brings his analyses of these developments together to offer three overarching scenarios that are possible directions for world history in the coming years, and outlines the implications for each.

Timely, thought-provoking, and endlessly fascinating, Peter Schwartz's Inevitable Surprises is a book no one in business-or anyone with an interest in the future-can afford to miss.

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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
Book cover for 9780743239110 Book cover for 9781592400690
 
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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