The Coming Prosperity

The Coming Prosperity

How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy

Book - 2012
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Ours is the most dynamic era in human history. The benefits of four centuries of technological and organizational change are at last reaching a previously excluded global majority. This transformation will create large-scale opportunities in richer countries like the United States just as it has in poorer countries now in the ascent.

In The Coming Prosperity, Philip E. Auerswald argues that it is time to overcome the outdated narratives of fear that dominate public discourse and to grasp the powerful momentum of progress. Acknowledging the gravity of today's greatest global challenges--like climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization--Auerswald emphasizes that the choices we make today will determine the extent and reach of the coming prosperity. To make the most of this epochal transition, he writes, the key is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs introduce new products and services, expand the range of global knowledge networks, and, most importantly, challenge established business interests, maintaining the vitality of mature capitalist economies and enhancing the viability of emerging ones. Auerswald frames narratives of inspiring entrepreneurs within the sweep of human history. The book's deft analysis of economic trends is enlivened by stories of entrepreneurs making an outsize difference in their communities and the world--people like Karim Khoja, who led the creation of the first mobile phone company in Afghanistan; Leila Janah, who is bringing digital-age opportunity to talented people trapped in refugee camps; and Victoria Hale, whose non-profit pharmaceutical company turned an orphan drug into a cure for black fever.

Engagingly written and bracingly realistic about the prospects of our historical moment, The Coming Prosperity disarms the current narratives of fear and brings to light the vast new opportunities in the expanding global economy.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780199795178
Branch Call Number: 337 AUERSWA
Characteristics: viii, 272 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Sep 21, 2014

[Wonder if this author's academic position is financed by the Koch brothers?] I love it that the author mentions Leila Janah and her Samisource - - brining jobs to the most captive of employees, refugee camps! To update: Janah rushed in with jobs after the earthquakes in Haiti, [of course, the Hatian workers had to use their own cell phones as terminals for the data entry work] where else could she find the most captive of workforces, and the Clinton Foundation sure made off like a bandit, huh? Remember, offshoring all jobs will solve all problems, according to this author. The [un]learned author mentions studies by Manpower yet fails to mention that they shut down 1,000 offices across the USA in 2003 and opened up over 900 across China - - not an unimportant point.


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