The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate c...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Random House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hadrian
This is the broadest of future predictions. Instead of six drivers of global change, Mr. Gore has included some dozens of new rapidly changing factors, neatly categorized in spidery charts. They file under the broad topics of economic globalization, the interconnectivity of modern communications technology, a re-examination of the traditional balance of power in the American world-system, technological innovation, and Mr. Gore's favorite: climate change.

The far-right's criticism of Mr. Gore is a...more
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Jan 29, 2013 Everyday eBook rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Everyday by: Joe Muscolino
In the introduction to Al Gore’s The Future, Gore credits a mysterious person for the inspiration behind his new book. This unnamed muse asks the former vice president a standard loaded question, the kind so impossible to answer succinctly that it becomes treated like a 1950s prom date, where the responder awkwardly dances with the answer a ruler’s length apart. “What are the drivers of global change?” the person asks. After rattling off some conventional wisdom – technology, communications, dem...more
Bill Pardi
Al Gore spoke at the Microsoft campus recently while on his book tour for "The Future." I thoroughly enjoyed his talk and decided to pick up the book. In it, Gore details what he sees are the "six drivers of global change" that are impacting and will continue to influence the future of our civilization. At a hefty, though not overwhelming 592 pages, the book is ambitious, wide ranging and exceptionally well documented.

Gore delves into topics such as the globalization of economics, the linking o...more
Mason
I had the pleasure of seeing Al Gore during the promotional tour for this new book. In the course of his presentation, I had the feeling that he had a firehose of information to share but only an eyedropper with which to share it. The Future firms that perception.

This is a good ol', all-American data assault. With enough bibliography and endnotes to make a university press editor proud, Mr. Gore bludgeons the reader with fact after fact. Within the rapid-fire prose is a chilling picture of our c...more
Richard B
In an ambitious, far-reaching investigative argument, Gore lays out what he sees as the six key drivers of global change shaping the future: a fully-globalized market; a digitally-interconnected global civilization; power shifts from nation-states to multinational corporations and from West to East; depletion of essential natural resources (water, topsoil, oceans, and species) due to overpopulation and rampant consumerism; humans' increasing mastery over the biological organism; and, of course,...more
H Wesselius
When a person of a certain status - athletes, actors, and even authors - writes a book, book editors tend to give him/her a pass. This is essentially what occurred with Al Gore and The Future; nobody told him when to quit, when to rewrite and when to focus.

Proofreading one's work is a near impossible chore as one tends to fall in lover with their own prose. Gore leaves us with sentences the length of a paragraph and paragraphs the length of a page. Coupled with awkward phrasing, a reader is left...more
Donnal Walter

It is unfortunate that Al Gore is still a polarizing figure in American society, because his tour de force, The Future, deserves a wide reading by thoughtful individuals of all political persuasions. The premise, that "no prior period of change remotely resembles what humanity is about to experience", is unassailable. Although the massive collection of supporting material would be hard to come by any other way, any given item can be readily confirmed independently. All information is public. The

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Steve
Outstanding book! A must read for all Americans. I think Al's personal agenda is to educate and inform. I don't think he is part of the problem, he is part of the solution. He 'lays out' what we are facing as a culture with a much needed clarity. It is up to us. He likes to reapeat that our government has been 'hacked', and that is such a perfect description.
Jeff Scott
Al Gore's version of the future is all encompassing, covering several major trends that have influenced our world over the centuries, in particular the last ten years. While the first portion of the book treads over well-known topics, over explained by the author, it is the latter half of the book that provides some very worrying trends. His book, if it was less dense, would probably be held up as being extremely prescient in identifying stock market flash crashes, cyber warfare, and environment...more
Ben
This book serves as a good survey of the issues affecting modern society and the mounting problems we will face in the future. Because there are so many problems (and opportunities, I guess, but it's hard to put a positive spin on things when you look at the data, our nonfunctioning government, and all the turmoil in the world), it's hard to cover every topic in sufficient detail. Each chapter of The Future feels like a summary of a different book - one on the Internet, one on medicine and insur...more
Robyn
Al Gore's 'The future' is an enlightening and important book. Our world is changing rapidly and Gore has researched his topics extensively and attempted to convey, in laymans terms, how these changes might effect humanity.
As an Australian with little knowledge or understanding of US politics I was particularly staggered at the state of democracy in America, although I can see worrying parallels here. The chapters on communication, gene technology and climate change exposed important and urgent...more
P. R.  Schoenfeld
This was the most eye-opening book I have read in a long time. Mr. Gore analyzes 6 technology areas and really gets readers thinking past the technology. For instance, gene splicing and manipulation. He shows us where we are, what can be done with current technology, and what will be available in the future. Then he asks some questions that really get you thinking. Is manufacturing a person using this technology ethical? What if we create a new set of genes that mutates into something really bad...more
Ron Moss
Al Gore is simply brilliant. He demonstrates such a wide ranging, seven-generation, perspective and innovative imagination, and a deep dedication to the public interest, that I keep thinking how different things would be, how much better in my opinion, if, in the year 2000, the votes had been counted, as they should in a democracy, and our President had been elected rather than appointed...Change is still possible...
Dirk Davidson
Awesome look into the near future with Al Gore and his researched insight. Listened to Al read it via audible and I'm currently listening to it a second time through.
Chris Donnan
Truly thought provoking
Well stated and well researched
You don't have to like or agree with his views but the facts and choices in this book are real issues
John Tolhurst
This is the most frightening book I have every read. His coverage is incredible, the depth is thorough, the language crisp and precise.
Neil Fox
Al Gore' s The Future presents 6 emergent and interrelated drivers of Global change and explores how our response to these will shape the future of our planet and our civilization.

The book is data-driven and based on facts, research and reporting, not speculation, scaremongering or wild blue-sky thinking. Each chapter is packed with detail, and rather than synopsise each, instead I list the key takeaways from the 6 chapters :

1) The robosourcing / outsourcing characteristic of the increasingly i...more
Emefa
I think this is Al Gore's equivalent to the book The Price of Civilization, a huge sprawling analysis and wake up call on our society and times by Jeffrey Sachs. I was dissatisfied by Gore's book, though there seemed a lot to like at the outset. I like Al Gore, I like his perspective, I find the concepts in this book generally interesting, I like the combination of analysis on all aspects of our society...but this book was just Extremely specific and remote, as if Gore wrote it for himself, then...more
Stephen
The Future is Al Gore’s latest foray into speculation about where he thinks the world is headed over the next several decades. In this well-written and thought-provoking book, he hasn’t found a lot of reasons to be any more optimistic than he was in An Inconvenient Truth seven years ago, at least with regard to such frightening prospects as massive global climate change, the continued and increasing disproportionate power in the hands of corporations and their lobbyists, and the dangerously sky-...more
Glen R.
When Al Gore was VP, I had no opinion about him, except that he and his wife looked good together. When he ran for President in 2000 my opinion of him was negative because it seemed to me that truth was unimportant to him. Most politicians suffer from this malady, but Al seemed more afflicted than most. When the movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," came out, I was neutral on the global warming issue. I was still trying to get a handle on the 1970s when scientists were telling us the world was heading...more
Kathleen
This book is an incredibly fact driven, painstakingly detailed, thoroughly argued description of the the six drivers of change in our world. From the obvious globalization, political shift, and technological advance to the more nuanced environmental issues, Gore dissects the current situation of the human race. He even lays out a logical approach to some of the coming challenges.

If only I had confidence that we could be convinced to act as he suggests.
Frederick
Compelling story of the future of America from the sustainability perspectives of human-Earth interactions of an environmental and natural history, the transformative technologies associated with biomolecular sciences, loss of biodiversity from over consumptive behaviors, geopolitical forces that have tremendous potentials for destructive disruptions, rapid evolution in our abilities to tele-connect all aspects of living worldwide, and the ramifications of economic globalization. Some may view t...more
Lori
here's my prediction for the future: kindles that write their own books. not hard, here's the recipe:
mention Steve jobs/Malcolm Gladwell/Clay Shirky/Khan Academy-Coursera/edX/Udacity/ClaytonChristenson/Twitter/"Savant" Tim O'Reilly/Netflix/Amazon/3-D Printers/DIY/MakerFaire/X Prizes/algorithms/quote a philosopher - nietzsche plato descartes.

i read. a lot. i bet i've read 10 books in the last year with all these familiar themes. steven johnson, Tinkerers, Abundance, Citizenville, Makers. i read...more
Richard
Nov 19, 2013 Richard marked it as abandoned
Apparently when I heard about this book I asked requested a copy from my library when they came in. A few days ago when I got the email telling me it was waiting for me, I was "Wha?"

So I'm going to try to slog through this door-stop of a book. Wish me luck.

• • • •

Well, that went poorly. Far too much of what I really already knew to keep my interest. Gore's got a tough problem — he's a pretty polarized figure these days, and so a large portion of his natural audience will be people t...more
Peg
As the jacket cover says, "a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come." Very well researched and passionate look at the world, including close looks at the six areas of economic globalization, increased digital communications, a re-examination of the traditional balance of power in the American world-system, technological innovation, revolution in the life sciences and climate change. His style is very matter-of-fact and down to earth. He tr...more
Mike
This book offers a survey of six categories of change ranging from technology, energy and genetics to the political and economic consequences of corporate globalization. Gore looks at both the exploitation of natural resources and environment degradation. He addresses climate change. You knew that he would! He offers both a history and a forecast of current momentums. I found Gore's book to be an important contribution to the conversation around our emerging challenges. In my opinion the greates...more
Kory Klem
Insightful and measured, you finish the book as inspired as you are scared. As Gore continues to lay out and focus on some of the biggest challenges facing us today, it's impossible to not give pause and remember the 2000 election. I really wish this Al Gore would have better shown the electorate at that time who he really was and what he was capable. Say what you will about the appropriate size of government. Policy is so crucial to piloting humanity, and I have no doubt he would have plotted a...more
Andy Lake
Thoughtful book, with impressive reading behind it. Al Gore is clearly grappling with the issues we're facing as the future rushes towards us with increasing speed. And the linkages he makes between issues are thought-provoking. If only more politicians had this depth of interest and openness to new thinking.

Why not 5 stars? 3 reasons, really:

- I found the conclusions on the big global issues a bit half-hearted, a bit too tentative considering what has gone before in the book

- He likes to start...more
Jim Razinha
He was going along quite well until he crashed into the mistake of calling Malcolm ("anecdotes trump real data") Gladwell an "analyst". Strike two was mentioning William Gibson. But the real problem I had was the chapter notes...more of the distressing trend of putting the sources at the end without actually noting them. A book this dense with information, done right, has (or should have) many, many citations and I find it extremely annoying to have to flip back and forth wondering if the senten...more
Rob Savidge
I tried listening to this via a free audio book on my phone, but couldn't stick with it. I was hopeful in light of an inconvenient truth, but this book just seemed all over the place. It was as if al gore just hired someone to compile random intellectual anecdotes framed around his broader idea of global drivers of change. Oh wait, maybe that is just what he did...
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Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election, ultimately losing to the Republican candidate George W. Bush in spite...more
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