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The Age Of The Unthinkable

Author: Joshua Cooper Ramo
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316070010
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Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions made to stem a financial crisis guarantee its worsening. Environmental strategies to protect species lead to their extinction. The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different. In The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo puts forth a revelatory new model for understanding our dangerously unpredictable world. Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, psychology, immunology, and the science of networks, he describes a new landscape of inherent unpredictability--and remarkable, wonderful possibility.

Die Start Up Strategie

Author: Reid Hoffman
Publisher: books4success
ISBN: 3864700833
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Steigende Arbeitslosenzahlen und verunsicherte Branchen. Der Wettbewerb um gute Jobs ist gnadenlos. Sicherheit im Job und Loyalität zwischen Arbeitgeber und Arbeitnehmer gehören der Vergangenheit an. Reid Hoffman, Mitgründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender des internationalen Business-Netzwerkes LinkedIn, und Koautor Ben Casnocha zeigen uns, wie wir unsere Karriere in diesem harten Umfeld gedeihen lassen können. Sie empfehlen als Lösung, die eigene Karriere so zu behandeln, als ob sie ein Start-up-Unternehmen wäre. Denn auch Start-up-Unternehmen und ihre Gründer investieren in erster Linie in sich selbst. Sie bauen ihr eigenes berufliches Netzwerk auf und gehen überschaubare Risiken ein. Und sie lassen Unsicherheit und Volatilität zu ihrem Vorteil arbeiten. Genau das sind die Fähigkeiten, die man im Beruf braucht, um vorwärtszukommen. In diesem Buch geht es nicht um Bewerbungsschreiben oder Lebensläufe. Egal ob Sie für einen riesigen internationalen Konzern oder ein kleines Unternehmen am Ort arbeiten oder sich selbstständig machen wollen - hier lernen Sie die besten Praktiken der Start-up-Unternehmen aus Silicon Valley und wie Sie diese auf Ihre Karriere anwenden können.

Special Operations From A Small State Perspective

Author: Gunilla Eriksson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319439618
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“Over the past dozen years special operations forces (SOF) have been one of the few areas of growth and expansion in a number of militaries. This growth and expansion, however, has not been mirrored by a comparable one in academic inquiries into the subject. Special Operations from a Small State Perspective - Future Security Challenges, which contains a wide range of perspectives from both practitioners and academics, makes a unique contribution to the literature and offers fascinating insights into the opportunities provided by and challenges confronting small states such as Swedenin their evolutionary development and use of SOF.” Dr James Kiras, Associate Professor, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, The Air University, Alabama, USA.

Aid On The Edge Of Chaos

Author: Ben Ramalingam
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191503444
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Many agree that the foreign aid system - which today involves virtually every nation on earth - needs drastic change. But there is much conflict as to what should be done. In Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Ben Ramalingam argues that what is most needed is the creative and innovative transformation of how aid works. Foreign aid today is dominated by linear, mechanistic ideas that emerged from early twentieth century industry, and are ill-suited to the world we face today. The problems and systems aid agencies deal with on a daily basis have more in common with ecosystems than machines: they are interconnected, diverse, and dynamic; they cannot be just simply re-engineered or fixed. Outside of aid, social scientists, economists, business leaders, and policy makers have started applying innovative and scientific approaches to such problems, informed by ideas from the 'new science' of complex adaptive systems. Inspired by these efforts, aid practitioners and researchers have started experimenting with such approaches in their own work. This book showcases the experiences, insights, and often remarkable results of innovative thinkers and practitioners who are working to bring these approaches into the mainstream of aid. From transforming child malnutrition to rethinking economic growth, from building peace to reversing desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya, the ideas of complex systems thinking are starting to be used to make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, and more catalytic. Aid on the Edge of Chaos argues that such ideas and approaches should play a vital part of the transformation of aid. Aid should move from being an imperfect post-World War II global resource transfer system, to a new form of global cooperation that is truly fit for the twenty-first century.

Das Digitale Debakel

Author: Andrew Keen
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641137438
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Das Internet bringt den Menschen mehr Demokratie, wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand und kulturelle Vielfalt. Es ist ein Raum der Transparenz, Offenheit und Gleichberechtigung. Ein Erfolg auf der ganzen Linie. Wer das glaubt, sagt Silicon-Valley-Insider Andrew Keen, liegt völlig falsch. Nicht die Gesellschaft profitiert von einer „hypervernetzten“ Welt, sondern eine elitäre Gruppe junger weißer Männer. Was ihnen immer mehr Reichtum beschert, macht uns in vielerlei Hinsicht ärmer. Das Internet vernichtet Arbeitsplätze, unterbindet den Wettbewerb und befördert Intoleranz und Voyeurismus. Es ist kein Ort der Freiheit, sondern ein Überwachungsapparat, dem wir kosten- und bedenkenlos zuarbeiten. Kurzum: Das Internet ist ein wirtschaftliches, kulturelles und gesellschaftliches Debakel. Andrew Keen liefert eine scharfe, pointierte Analyse unserer vernetzten Welt und zeigt, was sich ändern muss, um ein endgültiges Scheitern des Internets zu verhindern.

Spiritual Intelligence And The Neuroplastic Brain

Author: Charles W. Mark Ph. D.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449043321
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Our brains are getting wired differently in the world of digital technology, information revolution, and in the inter-cultural world of global society. Think of the new vocabulary: Global brain, collective intelligence, global village, and cyberspace. That should tell us something about the neural rewiring that is taking place inside of our brains, whether or not we are aware of it. The fact that the human brain changes throughout a person's life in response to intellectual stimulation, physical exercise, exposure to new cultural environments, learning opportunities, and challenges is a revolutionary discovery. Till twenty years ago neuroscientists believed in the conventional theory that the brain's ability at making new neural connections stopped before a child entered adolescence. That is the old dogma. There is a "Second Copernican Revolution" taking place inside of our brains, writes the author, quoting Carl Zimmer. Some experts are suggesting that we are already living in what Richard Restack calls the "neurosociety." Ray Kurzweil, the futurist, is predicting that by 2045 A.D., human beings will be living in an era of "singularity," when non biological machines invented by human brains and human ingenuity are going to outsmart human intelligence billions of times. What is going to be the fate of the human spirit, human spirituality, the feeling of connection to a force and power that is greater than us (God), our ability to use spiritual imagination and our intelligence? Are we progressively moving away from religion and community-based spirituality into the "spirituality of different strokes for different folks?" In his groundbreaking book, Spiritual Intelligence and The Neuroplastic Brain: A Contextual Interpretation of Modern History, Charles W. Mark takes the reader on a journey through modern history and shows the glimpse of what is to come. http: //www.spirituality-intelligence.com

The Ingenuity Gap

Author: Maren Leed
Publisher: CSIS
ISBN: 0892065966
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The officer management system comprises the laws, policies, procedures, and practices that guide how officers enter service and are subsequently developed, promoted, and separated. The purpose of this study is to examine whether that system aligns with the demands officers are likely to face in the years ahead. The basic question is whether we can continue to count on success.The fundamental nature of war remains unchanged, and there is much that the U.S. military confronts that is not unique in its history. Our country has seen, however, a definite shift in the challenges it faces on the battlefield. During the last two decades the U.S. military has engaged in a dizzying array of missions: from largely conventional battles in Operation Desert Storm, to humanitarian assistance missions in Haiti, to support civil authorities during Hurricane Katrina, to countering pirates off the coast of Africa. Today the U.S. military is engaged in complex, simultaneous operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa; the missions are part counterterrorism, part counterinsurgency, and part stability and support activities.If the United States expects its military officers to continue to excel, the future demands new approaches. The uncertainty, asymmetry, and complexity of military operations are not new, but the degree to which each of these features will dominate the future strategic, operational, and tactical environments is. This reality is due to the fact that the underlying trends are accelerating at unprecedented rates and show no sign of slowing. Thus, the hard problems of the past are becoming ever harder, the possibility for surprise is increasing, and we face, as one commentator recently observed, “an avalanche of ceaseless change.” This study identifies two specific implications of the future operating environment for the demands on U.S. officers. First, the responsibilities of junior officers will continue to expand beyond the bounds of their traditional foundational skill sets. Second, officers at all ranks will increasingly confront wicked or ill-structured problems, confounded by incomplete information and with such a vast array of implications that traditional decisionmaking models will no longer apply. But beyond these particular concerns lies a more fundamental issue: the growing divergence between an increasingly dynamic future and an officer management system optimized for static conditions. It portends an instance of what futurist Thomas Homer-Dixon, writing about the challenges facing humanity such as meeting long-term energy needs, has termed the “ingenuity gap,” the growing gulf between the need for increasingly creative, new ideas and their likely supply.

The Death Of Money

Author: James Rickards
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101637242
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The next financial collapse will resemble nothing in history. . . . Deciding upon the best course to follow will require comprehending a minefield of risks, while poised at a crossroads, pondering the death of the dollar. The U.S. dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of World War II. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. But optimists have always said, in essence, that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. In the last few years, however, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked, our biggest rivals—China, Russia, and the oil-producing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos. James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why money itself is now at risk and what we can all do to protect ourselves. He explains the power of converting unreliable investments into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value.

Air Force Officer S Guide

Author: Stephen E. Wright
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811760154
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Air Force officers of all ranks, from cadets to generals, both active duty and reserves, will find this revised edition essential reading for a successful career.

Meccanomics

Author: Vali Nasr
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780740573
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Renowned Middle-East expert Vali Nasr combines historical narrative with contemporary on-the-ground research to introduce a Muslim World we’ve never seen. Meccanomics takes us behind the news, so dominated by the struggle against extremists and the Taliban, to reveal a new society, one that is being reshaped by an upwardly mobile middle class of entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, and insatiable consumers. His insights into the true situations in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the crucial bright spots of Dubai and Turkey provide a whole new way of thinking about the troubles and prospects in the region. Nasr’s groundbreaking analysis offers a powerful reassessment of a region where financial might – not fundamentalism – does the talking.