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“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler
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Alvin and Heidi Toffler

Alvin Toffler (1928–2016) — an American writer and futurist — whose list of bestselling books includes Future ShockThe Third Wave, and Powershift. He was a cofounder of Toffler Associates, a consulting firm for companies and governments worldwide on advances in economics, technology, and social change.

Adelaide Elizabeth “Heidi” Farrell Toffler (1929–2019) — a researcher, editor and futurist — served an essential though anonymous collaborative role alongside her celebrated husband, Alvin Toffler, in producing global best-selling books about the consequences of rapid change.

 

FUTURE SHOCK

Future Shock is a 1970 book by American futurist Alvin Toffler, written together with his spouse Adelaide Elizabeth “Heidi” Farrell Toffler , in which the authors define the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. The shortest definition for the term in the book is a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time”. The book, which became an international bestseller, has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.

Alvin Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a “super-industrial society”. This change overwhelms people. He argues that the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaves people disconnected and suffering from “shattering stress and disorientation”—future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In his discussion of the components of such shock he popularized the term “information overload.”

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THE THIRD WAVE

the classic study of tomorrow

The Third Wave makes startling sense of the violent changes now battering our world. Its sweeping synthesis casts fresh light on our new forms of marriage and family, on today’s dramatic changes in business and economics. It explains the role of cults, the new definitions of work, play, love, and success. It points toward new forms of twenty-first-century democracy.

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POWERSHIFT

Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century

In Powershift, Toffler argues that while headlines focus on shifts of power at the global level, equally significant shifts are taking place in the everyday world we all inhabit—the world of supermarkets and hospitals, banks and business offices, television and telephones, politics and personal life. The very nature of power is changing under our eyes.
 
Powershift maps the “info-wars” of tomorrow and outlines a new system of wealth creation based on individualism, innovation, and information. As old political antagonisms fade, Toffler identifies where the next, far more important world division will arise—not between East and West or North and South, but between the “fast” and the “slow.”
 
In Powershift, Alvin Toffler has formulated the deepest, most comprehensive synthesis yet written about the civilization of the twenty-first century. It is one of the most important books you will ever read.

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REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH

Starting with the publication of their seminal bestseller, Future Shock, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have given millions of readers new ways to think about personal life in today’s high-speed world with its constantly changing, seemingly random impacts on our businesses, governments, families and daily lives.

Now, writing with the same rare grasp and clarity that made their earlier books classics, the Tofflers turn their attention to the revolution in wealth now sweeping the planet. And once again, they provide a penetrating, coherent way to make sense of the seemingly senseless.

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10 YEARS AFTER FUTURE SHOCK

Alvin Toffler
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CREATING A NEW CIVILIZATION

Alvin Toffler
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BiG THINKERS

Alvin Toffler Futurist
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AFTER SHOCK

and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler
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AFTER WORDS — ALVIN TOFFLER

Interview About Revolutionary Wealth
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AFTER SHOCK

the world’s foremost futurists reflect

After Shock: The World's Foremost Futurists Reflect on 50 Years of Future Shock—and Look Ahead to the Next 50 by [John Schroeter, Ray Kurzweil, George Gilder, Martin Rees, Newt Gingrich, Alan Kay, David Brin, Po Bronson, Deb Westphal]

Edited By John Schroeter

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ALVIN TOFFLER SAW THE FUTURE BEFORE IT ARRIVED

July 4, 2016 — The noted futurist passed away at the age of 87.
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WHAT ALVIN TOFFLER GOT RIGHT

and Wrong
By Courtney Subramanian — BBC News
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Robert B. Reich

“A handful of billionaires now have unprecedented control over banking, the food we eat, the healthcare we can access and, now, the information we receive.  This is what oligarchy looks like.”
— Robert B. Reich

ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, and he served as an adviser to President-elect Barack Obama. 

He is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. His bi-weekly commentaries on public radio’s Marketplace are heard by nearly five million people.

 

AFTERSHOCK

The Next Economy and America’s Future

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future by [Robert B. Reich]

When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street. But Robert B. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown, and for a perilous road ahead. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living.

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THE SYSTEM

Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by [Robert B. Reich]

There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core problem and how do we remedy it? Wealth and power have combined to install an oligarchy and undermine democracy. Reich exposes the myths of meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, the “free market,” and the political “center,” all of which are used by those at the top to divert attention from their takeover of the system and to justify their accumulation of even more wealth and power. In demystifying the current system, Reich reveals where power actually lies and how it is wielded, and invites us to reclaim power and remake the system for all.

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THE NEXT FRONTIER

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THE FUTURE OF SUCCESS

working and living in the new economy

The Future of Success by [Robert B. Reich]

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I’LL BE SHORT

essentials for a decent working society

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REASON

why liberals will win the battle for america
Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America by [Robert B. Reich]
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SUPERCAPITALISM

the transformation of business, democracy, and everyday life

Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy and Everyday Life by [Robert B. Reich]

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THE WORK OF NATIONS

Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism

The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalis by [Robert B. Reich]

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BEYOND OUTRAGE

what has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it

Beyond Outrage: Expanded Edition: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it by [Robert B. Reich]

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TALES OF A NEW AMERICA

Tales of a New America by [Robert B. Reich]

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LOCKED IN THE CABINET

Locked in the Cabinet by [Robert B. Reich]

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SAVING CAPITALISM

For the Many, Not the Few

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by [Robert B. Reich]

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ECONOMICS IN WONDERLAND

 cartoon guide to a political world gone mad and mean

Economics in Wonderland: Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide to a Politcal World Gone Mad and Mean: Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide To A Political World Gone Mad And Mean by [Robert Reich]

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The Common Good

The Common Good by [Robert B. Reich]

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January 1, 2023

THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER

By Robert Reich — The Guardian

It’s hard to believe, but things are getting better. They will continue to if we keep up the fight.

Setbacks notwithstanding, we are better today than we were 50 years ago, 20 years ago, even a year ago

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January 3, 2023

PAUL KRUGMAN PREDICTS

How GOP ‘Fanatics’ Will Make People Feel In 2023

By Lee Moran — HUFFPOST

The “prospects don’t look good,” the economist warned in his New York Times column. The party’s unhinged lurch will lead people to “spend much of 2023 feeling nostalgic for the good old days of greed and cynicism” in U.S. politics.

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THE MONOPOLIZATION OF AMERICA

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AMERICA’S GREAT DIVIDE

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12 MYTHS ABOUT TAXING THE RICH

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IN CONVERSATION:

robert reich and elizabeth warren
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WHO RIGGED THE SYSTEM?

and how to fix it
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John von Neumann

 

THE COMPUTER AND THE BRAIN

The Silliman Memorial Lectures Series

John von Neumann is generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians in modern history.

His last work, The Computer and the Brain, was begun shortly before his death in 1957 and compares the human brain with the computing machines of his time. Von Neumann discusses analogies and differences with unparalleled clarity and precision, making his thoughts still relevant today.

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JOHN VON NEUMANN

The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More

By Norman Macrae

John von Neumann was a Jewish refugee from Hungary considered a “genius” like fellow Hungarians Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller, who played key roles developing the A-bomb at Los Alamos during World War II. As a mathematician at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study (where Einstein was also a professor), von Neumann was a leader in the development of early computers. Later, he developed the new field of game theory in economics and became a top nuclear arms policy adviser to the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.

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THE MAN FROM THE FUTURE

the visionary life of john von neumann

By Ananyo Bhattacharya

An electrifying biography of one of the most extraordinary scientists of the twentieth century and the world he made.

The smartphones in our pockets and computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Nuclear weapons and self-replicating spacecrafts. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable, yet largely overlooked, man: John von Neumann.

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April 5, 2022

A CONVERSATION WITH ANANYO BATTACHARYA

Author of John von Neumann: The Man from the Future

Interviewed By Jørgen Veisdal

We talk about von Neumann’s upbringing in Budapest, his years pursuing two degrees in two different universities simultaneously, his work in Göttingen, admiration of Gödel, relationship with Turing, work on game theory, contributions to the Manhattan Project, fascination with computing and much much more.

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December 29, 2022

PROFESSIONS THAT WON’T EXIST SOON

By — BuzzFeed

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December 22, 2022

HOW SCIENCE MIGHT SAVE US

a conversation with Martin Rees

By John Mecklin — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Martin Rees offers a thumbnail take on biological terrorism, in the process illustrating why he is known as one of the world’s most effective communicators on existential risk. “I worry very much about how we can be sure that some bad actor, as it were, doesn’t secretly develop some very dangerous pathogen and release it,” he said. “It’s unlikely that many people wish to do this. But when the release of a pathogen could lead to a global pandemic, one such person is too many. As I put it, the global village will have its village idiots, but they will have global range.”

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December 21, 2022

CLIMATE CHANGE FROM A TO Z

The stories we tell ourselves about the future.

By Elizabeth Kolbert — The New Yorker

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December 19, 2022

THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

By Stephen Witt — The New Yorker

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

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10 OF THE WORLD’S MOST GROUNDBREAKING FUTURISTS

By Patrick J. Kiger — HowStuffWork

In 1900, Smithsonian Institution curator John Elfreth Watkins wrote an article for The Ladies’ Home Journal, entitled “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years,” filled with predictions that many of his readers probably scoffed at as ridiculously improbable.

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FUTURE IQ

Your Success Strategies in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

By Sandra Navidi

Future IQ examines the disruptive effects that artificial intelligence has on jobs and provides actionable strategies to convert the resulting challenges into opportunities.

Over the next decade, AI will replace up to 50 percent of jobs, and change remaining ones significantly. We cannot control the dynamics of technological progress, but we can control how we react to them.

Future IQ shows that the best way to prepare for the future is to create it yourself. 

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TECH TRENDS IN PRACTICE

The 25 Technologies that are Driving the 4th Industrial Revolution

Tech Trends in Practice: The 25 Technologies that are Driving the 4th Industrial Revolution by [Bernard Marr]

By Bernard Marr

futurist Bernard Marr explains the role of technology in providing innovative businesses solutions for companies of varying sizes and across different industries. He covers wide-ranging trends and provides an overview of how companies are using these new and emerging technologies in practice.

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IMAGINABLE

How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything

Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything—Even Things That Seem Impossible Today by [Jane McGonigal]

By Jane McGonigal

The COVID-19 pandemic, increasingly frequent climate disasters, a new war — events we might have called “unimaginable” or “unthinkable” in the past are now reality. Today it feels more challenging than ever to feel unafraid, hopeful, and equipped to face the future with optimism. How do we map out our lives when it seems impossible to predict what the world will be like next week, let alone next year or next decade? What we need now are strategies to help us recover our confidence and creativity in facing uncertain futures.

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PERMANENT DISTORTION

How the Financial Markets Abandoned the Real Economy Forever

Permanent Distortion: How the Financial Markets Abandoned the Real Economy Forever by [Nomi Prins]

By Nomi Prins

A riveting exposé of a permanent financial dystopia, its causes, and real-world consequences

It is abundantly clear that our world is divided into two very different economies. The real one, for the average worker, is based on productivity and results. It behaves according to traditional rules of money and economics. The other doesn’t. It is the product of years of loose money, poured by central banks into a system dominated by financial titans. It is powerful enough to send stock markets higher even in the face of a global pandemic and threats of nuclear war.   

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY

Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness

The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by [Morgan Housel]

By Morgan Housel

Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people.

Money—investing, personal finance, and business decisions—is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don’t make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.

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REIMAGINING CAPITALISM IN A WORLD ON FIRE

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by [Rebecca Henderson]

By Rebecca Henderson

A new intellectual foundation and a practical pathway forward for a system that has lost its moral and ethical foundation.

Free market capitalism is one of humanity’s greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short.

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