On February 25th, I will be talking to the global adventurer-scholar Parag Khanna, whose latest book How to Run The World is a bold account of our current global chaos as well as a road map for creating a truly resilient and stable world.
For those of you who don’t know Khanna, he is the Director of The Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation, has spoken at TED (about the root causes of border conflicts worldwide), and was named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century by Esquire. He is also the author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008).
According to Khanna, the world is entering a perfect storm of calamities: environmental stress, scarce natural resources, financial instability, historic political shifts in the Middle East (most recently, of course, the pro-Democracy movements in Egypt and Tunisia), and ultimately failing states. In our current multi-polar, multi-civilizational world, every empire, city-state, multi-national corporation or mercenary army is out for itself. He argues that in some respects, what we face now isn’t much different from that medieval landscape of almost a millennium ago.
Later in the evening Khanna’s wife Ayesha will introduce the Hybrid Reality Institute, an innovative think-tank that explores the co-evolution between humans and technology and the implications for society, business and politics. The Khannas, who founded the institution last year, will explain the relevance of their findings.
The event is happening at Norwood and starts at 6.30pm. RSVP now, as capacity is limited.
Looking forward to seeing you on February 25th!
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