Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
Hoping for a better world – quickly? "Abundance" promises to take you there.
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“The majority of humanity … if they’re hooked up to the Internet … have access to more knowledge than the president did fifteen years ago,” Abundance notes.Skip to next paragraph
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A new generation of technophilanthropists will help fund the way forward, not just by creating needed technologies, but by providing funds to end worldwide problems. In 2010, several of these technophilanthropists joined Warren Buffett’s and Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge, which asks billionaires to give away half of their fortune to charitable and philanthropic causes while still alive or once they pass away. Almost 70 signatories had joined by July 2011.
A growing do-it-yourself industry, which gives individuals the confidence and tools with which they can create incredible inventions, cap off the authors’ many reasons why the world will be better off tomorrow than it was yesterday.
And in case you were wondering, tomorrow will be here sooner than you think. "Abundance" boldly proclaims that every item in the Abundance Pyramid is achievable within 25 years.
For all those who balk at the thought of world hunger ending by 2035, Kotler and Diamandis hear you. The pair devotes several early chapters to addressing the skeptic in all of us. From brain chemistry to evolution to media to well-intentioned but nevertheless inaccurate predictions of the future, "Abundance" deftly answers any challenge against abundance.
There is no hype in the pages of "Abundance." Instead, Kotler and Diamandis patiently and carefully answer the skeptical thoughts they know you will have. They keenly dismantle your defenses through their presentation of research and facts. Not only is "Abundance" a riveting page-turner (hasn’t soothsaying always been popular?), but it’s a book that values your intelligence by being honest and shooting straight.
With so much information packed into so few pages, "Abundance" can be an overwhelming read. But perhaps that’s the point. Your mind fills with so much good news, so much progress, so much innovation, that by the book's end, there seems to be no question as to whether we are headed down the path toward abundance. Of course we are.
"Abundance" is more than an interesting account of new-fangled technologies is because it gives us a vision of the future that is not just bright, but attainable. It gives us reason not just to hope, but to act.
"Abundance" gives us a future worth fighting for. And even more than that, it shows us our place in that fight.
Kate Vander Wiede is a freelance writer and an occasional contributor to the Monitor's Books section.