How to Run the World

How to Run the World

Charting A Course to the Next Renaissance

eBook - 2011
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Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679604280
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 p.)


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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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