Magazine article The Futurist

Speaking of a Better World

Magazine article The Futurist

Speaking of a Better World

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22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa. New York University Press. 2013. 466 pages. $27.95.

Steep economic, political, and ecological challenges grip the world, and it's far from clear whether the existing institutions of business and politics are equipped to address them. On this, the scholars contributing to 22 Ideas to Fix the World largely agree.

The anthology was edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz, a political-science professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, and Richard Sakwa, a University of Kent professor of Russian and European politics. In a series of conversational interviews, the editors and contributors explore the reforms that the world's governance and market systems may need to take, and the social movements that might intervene in their place if they fail to act.

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The contributors include Nobel Prize winners--microcredit pioneer Mohammad Yunus and economist Joseph Stiglitz--and nearly two dozen recognized scholars of business, economics, political science, and ecology from the United States, South America, Russia, Europe, Israel, Kazakhstan, and China. Each lends his expertise on such issues as global warming, economic turmoil, poverty and inequality, and efforts to win equal rights and opportunities for the world's migrant and minority populations.

Yunus discusses how to channel business enterprise to uplift impoverished communities, while Stiglitz attests to the necessity of reducing income inequalities and of developing new economic theories that more clearly account for how real-life humans and marketplaces behave. …

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