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Imagining the Future

MSSI is pleased to announce the latest edition of the Griffith Review 'Imagining the Future'. 

This edition was sponsored by The University of Melbourne and co-edited (with Julianne Schultz) by MSSI Director Prof Brendan Gleeson.

Imagining the Future features original writing by two Nobel laureates, Al Gore and Peter Doherty, and leading writers and thinkers who explore what these trends may mean. They illustrate the truism that the future is already here, just unevenly distributed. Detailed on-the-ground reporting teases this out in relation to energy supply, climate change, manufacturing, genetic medicine and rural production.

Innovation and agility may be the new buzzwords, but if they are to mean more than increased efficiency and wealth for the few, the big task is to try to imagine the future before it arrives and then to try to shape it. The megatrend analysis points to profound changes in the way we live, work and survive as global warming becomes real, automation transforms work, cities change the way we live and genetic science promises remarkable longevity.

This year marks the five hundredth anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's Utopia, making it a fitting time to try to imagine the future by learning from the past and taking the warnings seriously. Imagining the Future provides a road map to signal our way through and beyond the sleepy delirium of contemporary life.

Edited by Julianne Schutlz and Brendan Gleeson, Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future includes essays from Tim Flannery, Kathy Marks, Cathy Alexander, John WisemanTony Davis, Leah Kaminsky, Peter Doherty, Andy Merrifield, Glyn Davis, Jane Gleeson-White and many more, as well as Al Gore in conversation with Don Henry.

 

 

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