How to Run the World

How to Run the World

Charting A Course to the Next Renaissance

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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"Here is a stunning and provocative guide to the future of international relations a system for managing global problems beyond the stalemates of business versus government, East versus West, rich versus poor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism. Written by the most esteemed and innovative adventurer-scholar of his generation, Parag Khanna's How to Run the World posits a chaotic modern era that resembles the Middle Ages, with Asian empires, Western militaries, Middle Eastern sheikhdoms, magnetic city-states, wealthy multinational corporations, elite clans, religious zealots, tribal hordes, and potent media seething in an ever more unpredictable and dangerous storm. But just as that initial dark age ended with the Renaissance, Khanna believes that our time can become a great and enlightened age as well only, though, if we harness our technology and connectedness to forge new networks among governments, businesses, and civic interest groups to tackle the crises of today and avert those of tomorrow. With his trademark energy, intellect, and wit, Khanna reveals how a new mega-diplomacy consisting of coalitions among motivated technocrats, influe
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068272
Branch Call Number: 327 KHA 2011
Characteristics: xi, 256 p. ; 25 cm


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Oct 16, 2017

The book is premised on his take on the world that asserts that it is hyper-connectedly hyper-complex (or some such similar term), and neo-medieval (many little jurisdictions, each with some sort, and only to a very limited degree, of legitimacy and autonomy). After that outlined in the first thirty pages or so, the rest of the book is an enthusiastic run through of a wide array of the organizations that can - and are - being used (or just in the process of getting started) to help sort out major problems and govern the world. There is a distinct distaste for traditional development programs and organizations (highly bureaurocratic and ineffectual), and a favorable view of businesses that are not merely there for the money, but to get specific things done, make specific things better and do so fairly (or at least more fairer than currently). Very few notes, but long bibliography.

Jul 15, 2011

This book is an invaluable contribution to the international debate about how the world should and could be organized. It provides excellent insight for the average citizen and should be compulsory reading for everyone in power at national and international levels.

Khanna describes how the world works now – largely ineffectively and inefficiently – and why. He cites many examples of successes created by mega-diplomacy - coalitions of willing government, corporate and civic actors. He promotes public-private partnerships, regionalism over nationalism and communities over states. He proposes a vision for the future, a model for how the world can be re-organized.

The book addresses climate change, sustainability, migration, poverty, human rights, human needs, social entrepreneurship, border disputes, good governance vs. democracy and redefining GNP to include social and ecological effects – i.e. pretty much everything that matters in organizing communities, societies and the world as a whole. There is also a call to individual action.

Although the book is filled with positive, compelling ideas, I had a nagging fear in the back of my mind that human nature might not make this vision possible, that there is a bit of Polyanna at work here. I also have some concern about using public-private partnerships to the extent Khanna recommends. In spite of these concerns, I think the book is outstanding and provides much food for thought and action.

I highly recommend this book!

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