How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity
Author: Douglas Rushkoff
Category: Business & Economics
Why doesn’t the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn’t between the unemployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole—the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives—are all trapped by the consequences. It’s time to optimize our economy for the human beings it’s supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads—big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone—Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.
Eine Liebeserklärung an aufregende Zeiten
Author: Michael Jürgs
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Category: Social Science
Die ersten Nachkriegsdeutschen sind im Rentenalter. Fühlen sich beim wehmütigen Blick zurück aber noch jung. Michael Jürgs, geboren im Mai 1945, gehört zu dieser Generation. In heiterer Gelassenheit schildert er jene aufregenden Zeiten, in denen aus der von Nazis geprägten Demokratur ein Land der Freien wurde – die Bundesrepublik. In denen jede noch so kleine Liebe ein großes Abenteuer war, die Helden John Lennon und Willy Brandt, John F. Kennedy und Rudi Dutschke hießen, es nur zwei Fernsehprogramme gab, in den Milchbars die Hormone tanzten und in verrauchten Kneipen die Revolution besungen wurde. Seine Reise in die Vergangenheit wird immer wieder unterbrochen durch Abstecher in die heutige Welt oder durch Begegnungen mit jungen Propheten und Machern des digitalen Fortschritts. Er geißelt zwar zornig die weltweit wachsende Verrohung und Verblödung im Netz, doch bestaunt ebenso im neugierigen Blick nach vorn die unendlichen Möglichkeiten des Internet.
How the Financial Elite and Their Networks Rule our World
Author: Sandra Navidi
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
A BLOOMBERG BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FOREWORD BY NOURIEL ROUBINI SuperHubs is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the global financial system and the powerful personal networks through which it is run, at the centre of which sit the Elites - the SuperHubs. Combining an insider's knowledge with principles of network science, Sandra Navidi offers a startling new perspective on how the financial system really operates. SuperHubs reveals what happens at the exclusive, invitation-only platforms - The World Economic Forum in Davos, the meetings of the International Monetary Fund, think-tank gatherings, power lunches, charity events, and private parties. This is the most vivid portrait to date of the global elite: the bank CEOs, fund managers, billionaire financiers and politicians who, through their interlocking relationships and collective influence are transforming the future of our financial system and, for better or worse, shaping our world.
Author: Daniel Browne
Will's career in New York City politics has fizzled out. When a connected colleague and an ambitious restaurateur ask for his help founding a farm in a neglected part of Brooklyn, he sees an opportunity to reinvent himself like all the picklers, beekeepers, and kombucha brewers he's been reading about. In the Weeds is a cautionary tale and a satire of a time not too long ago when Brooklyn the place became Brooklyn the idea."Dan Browne's tale of well-meaning Brooklynism will ring true for anyone who has tried to get beneath the patina of Park Slope's brownstones and actually engage the white folks inside them. A satirical yet sympathetic look back at a moment when bike lanes would change everything." --Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Not so fast. Idiosyncratic and funny, deliciously satirical and bittersweet, Dan Browne's tale of good intentions smacking into entrenched bureaucracy (and New York factionalization)) is above all, utterly original. Part contemporary vision quest, part redemption song, it happily slips every label and rolls on, taking the reader with it." --Mark Slouka, author of All That Is Left Is All That Matters"Told with humility, humor, and heart, In the Weeds shows how even when you plant a seed with the best intentions, there's no telling how you're going to grow." --Vanessa Davis, author of Spaniel Rage