Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux
‘Original and thought provoking’ Gordon Brown
‘Challenging and hopeful: a groundbreaking guide to the future’ Valerie Amos
To thrive in the twenty-first century, we all need to understand the challenges coming our way. And start adapting, now.
We all know there are major, overlapping, global crises ahead of humanity: climate change, mass migration, new warfare, big tech, further pandemics, authoritarian capitalism. Rather than be daunted, this book charts a way that we can respond. With expertise from his work at the highest levels of international politics, education, activism and business, Tom Fletcher offers a practical manifesto that can help us transform the way we learn, live, and work together.
Amongst its key survival skills, this book offers ideas on how we renew education, restore society and reimagine the future. It helps us chart a course to take back control, to find purpose, and to become better ancestors. It helps us to learn the language of technology – without thinking like computers. It offers 39 steps that each of us can start to take today to boost our survivability.
Vital, practical and accessible, this is a book about how we can anticipate the threats and opportunities of tomorrow and be ready for them – individually and collectively.
'Original and thought provoking: a manifesto for a better way of educating humanity' Gordon Brown 'Challenging and hopeful: a groundbreaking guide to the future' Valerie Amos 'This manual for humanity is a call to action for all of us. Read it, learn from it, act aggressively and uncompromisingly upon it, let it guide the rest of your life's work' General Sir Graeme Lamb, former SAS Commander 'A scintillating humanifesto for creativity in how we learn. Inspiration not just for parents and teachers, but all of us' Andria Zafirakou, Global Teacher of the Year 2018 and author of Those Who Can, Teach 'Global education has found a champion. Future generations have found a spokesperson' Andreas Schleicher, OECD 'A magnificent book! As we (anxiously) anticipate the rest of this century, Tom Fletcher presents us with a brilliantly-timed, incredibly important, gem of a book - overflowing with wisdom and much hope too' Zeid Ra'ad, UN Commissioner for Human Rights 'An excellent handbook on how to coexist not just with each other, but with technology too' Mustafa Suleyman, Founder of Google DeepMind 'The international community needed a call to action. This is a must read for the inventors, dreamers and pioneers of our future' Dubai Abulhoul, Founder of the Fiker Institute 'Brilliant, an absolute must-read. A riveting, superbly written account of the world today, and tomorrow' Matthew D'Ancona, author of Post-Truth 'A fascinating and inspiring analysis of how the world is changing and education needs to keep up' Rachel Sylvester, The Times 'His hints, tips, advice, comments and things-you-and-I-can-do-today to bring about change are so frequent that I lost count. Not 10 ideas, not even 57, but countless ... A provocative and hugely thoughtful compendium of positive and realistic thinking to navigate an increasingly difficult world' Gavin Esler, The National
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