When we look into the future and try to understand its path, we must consider the geopolitical sphere as a key area of influence. To that end, I just added another book to my Book Library. The World: A Brief Introduction was written by Richard Haass, an American Diplomat. Per the book abstract, The World is designed to provide readers of any age and experience with the essential background and building blocks they need to make sense of this complicated and interconnected world.
We know that multiple levels of Convergence complicate our understanding of the future, and by its very nature, shapes it. Convergence across an extraordinary number of scientific and technological building blocks produces an overwhelming number of scenarios. At the same time, domains like business, economics, society, ethics, philosophy, and geopolitics intersect in ways that make prediction impossible.
That is why Systems Thinking is critical to both understanding and shaping that future. To think at the system level is to connect the dots across these domains. Books like The World help us do that. Richard Haass takes us on a journey around the world. In so doing, we gain an appreciation for the history of the various regions and the challenges they face going Forward. Armed with this knowledge, we can more intelligently look into the future and the paths it may take. So, into my book library goes another outstanding book – and one I highly recommend.