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The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  158 reviews
From the author of the international bestseller THE AGE OF THE UNTHINKABLE comes a powerful new story of revolution and riches in a connected age.

Endless terror. Refugee waves. An unfixable global economy. Surprising election results. New billion-dollar fortunes. Miracle medical advances. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? The Seventh Sense
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to stop shortly into the second chapter. The author seems to have two insights - that human history consists of many changes to culture, technology, science etc, and that these changes continue even now. I guess this is pretty dismissive. The author wants to explain how emerging technologies are creating new transformative networks. These networks will lead to disruptive changes of the first order similar to relativity, Napoleonic military strategy and the Gutenberg press. What makes this ...more
Bing Gordon
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bing-read-this
Zen and the Art of Network Understanding

Josh Ramo writes like a poet, thinks like a grand strategist, and lives in the now like a zen master. He integrates history, technology, business and biography in a most original manner. I wish that policy-makers could understand this, and that business leaders would live by it.
Matt Papes
I was watching Fareed Zakaria on his show GPS and he had Joshua Ramo on talking about his book the Seventh Sense. I was fascinated and bought it. Here is the snippet that led me to do so:

The thesis is we live in the age of Networks. His key insight is that the Seventh Sense is the ability to look at any object and see the way in which it is changed by connection. It is hard for me to articulate how paradigm-shifting this notion is. As one reviewer put it
Peter Mcloughlin
This book was written for someone near the levers of power and that is not me. The people close to the power are a problem a few thousand people who have the IT skill to form an internet company and set up platforms that will shape the geopolitical landscape. This book is titled the seventh sense which a play on Nietzsche's six sense which is that of history. The seventh sense is the sense for navigating the networked world we live in now. Understanding the vulnerabilities and opportunities prov ...more
Jeff Wilsbacher
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... this was an interesting perceptual shift for me. I follow technology trends but to percieve power as moving from hierarchies to networks is a very big shift. This book made me grow paths in my brain.
Terralynn Forsyth
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics, politics
Masterful summary that incorporates system thinking and a historical sweep of the development and implications of connectivity--from the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment to the age of information of today. Ramo draws two main conclusions: 1) Connection changes the nature of an object and 2) leaders/citizens need to quickly develop the ability to see the powerful forces behind the connection, not just the object (and that this currently isn't happening quick enough).

I'd recommend the bo
Eddy J. Schuermans
A great story about the shift of power, from central feudal systems to the enlightenment; a revolution that made us citizens and not objects. However in the age of networks/connection and AI we are moving into the age of "enmeshment" and risking to become objects again. This threatening evolution is very well elaborated in the book. Also the author indicates how to make the best of this revolution i.e. by becoming better citizens (not depend too much on by definition incompetent leaders for this ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramo works for Kissinger’s consulting firm and had spent quite a bit of time in China and learnt under a Chinese philosophical master and so he has good insight regarding both Eastern and Western thinking. This book described our age in which the Power of Networks is going to be all around us. A network is more than the sum of its individuals and behaves rather differently from each individual. So the internet and all the popular apps on it embrace the power of networks and they are increasingly ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eminently Sensible and Prophetic

This should be required reading for policy makers, business school professors, and any one interested in how networks will increasing shape our thinking, feeling, and acting.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the ultrapretentious author bio and after reading the book, which is not worth it, I couldn’t tell if the author is actually intelligent or just a major bs-er
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More later, quick note: Read the first half, the second half get's a bit into the weeds of technological concepts which, for me, were less of a surprise.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book on the growing indispensability of networks and how you need to align yourself to survive. Highly original ideas on gatekeeping and a pioneering effort.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is relative new and contains a lot of information about the developing technologies.
The author has a good insight to arrange the whole historical events that changed the world into a sharp perspectives. Besides there are quite a lot of knowledge about internet and hackers. i guess it must have something to do with the fact that the author moved to live in China. He has a wider vision to combine the existing western viewpoints, plus emerging eastern programming generations.
For the futu
Carl Rannaberg
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book describes the accelerating nature of networks which technology has enabled throughout the history - from ancient marketplaces to transport to telegram to internet. Network dynamics have reversed the law of diminishing returns in economics where maturing market washes away the margins of the businesses competing in the market.
This trend has made possible for companies to benefit greatly where bigger networks give bigger rewards to the gatekeepers of these networks. Other books have name
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
This book gives me a refreshing perspective in looking at this world and all the new development that is happening. Some of the events that are unfolding in today's world are unnerving and very frequently surprising. The author, Joshua Cooper Ramo, whom I found intelligent and knowledgeable, thinks that a lot of these surprising developments are because of networks. He says that we are entering the Age of the Great Connection, having profound impact to society and causing the shift of power in t ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a deeply thought provoking book. I am grateful we were reading it slowly with a group to discuss the ideas presented. 6 weeks of mentally digesting, contemplating, and pondering as I've read have just begun to open my mind to a new way of seeing things. New, yet, strangely familiar.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some good insights, but this book is 75% too long. The author is so long winded and prone to barely-related tangents that it is a frustrating read.

If you must read this book:
* Skip the first three chapters completely. They are a disjointed and poorly presented argument for how important the seventh sense is without really defining it. What a mess.
* Read Ch4.3-7 for a discussion of the power of networks and how their connections / protocols can be more important than the platforms that they con
I didn't think I'd like this book. I mean come on, I need to develop a "Seventh Sense" to have an intuitive feel for the difference between hierarchical systems and network systems? Well, OK, I liked the history lesson about how people who "didn't get it" are always being overrun by people who do, and I was getting ready to tell you, wow, this is why some old people seem so lost in our age of always on, always connected.

And then, Fuck.

Mr. Ramo jumps all the sharks at once while riding a shark th
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for anyone wanting to have an idea of what is going on in today's world and how to understand it and deal with it. Thanks to modern technology - the internet, social media, the looming of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, etc., we are all connected to each other around the world. Distances have shrunk. We are becoming defined by our connections, our networks, in ways that are historically new and revolutionary, that make much of our social, economic and political str ...more
Stan Skrabut
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stan by: Tim
Shelves: current-events
Based on a recommendation from Tim Arnold, Director of the Jamestown Community College Library, I picked up The Seventh Sense* to read. It would satisfy the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge goal of reading a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. I am not sure I would have found and read this book otherwise, but I am very glad I did. It is a book I would gladly recommend to others. It helps to explain some of the craziness that has been occurring in our nation and world. Read ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While at times slightly pompous, self aggrandizing and paternalistic (as in he has seen the future in ways that make the rest of the world's thinkers sound antiquated and obsolete, and at times unintelligent) , Mr Cooper Ramo does bring to light some immensely thought provoking arguments related to technology advances necessitating a different way to think about public policy and about humanity.
At times , like other readers , I was tempted to stop reading the book , the lack of robustness and ri
Glenn Davis
Vague and filled with hand-wavey promises on which it doesn't deliver, delivered in the voice of a pompous windbag. Yet I would still call it a must-read, because of the lines of thinking it stimulates. The essential thesis is that we are living in a (computer) Network Revolution that is changing the world much more, and more rapidly, than the Industrial Revolution, with equivalent dangers. This is a case in which the limitations of the linear "star" rating pinch me painfully. Five stars for rel ...more
Edmond Yomtoob
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ramo is suggesting a major paradigm shift in the way we look at global power-not exactly light reading This remarkably informative and relevant is not exactly the kind of book that you cant put down. In fact, there were times it was hard to pick it back up, but I really learned a lot and will go back to certain sections as reference.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started very slow but redeemed itself by the end. The second half of this book was MUCH more interesting to me than the first, capped by a pretty paradigm-altering premise about the new "gates" of the future.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Seventh Sense, Joshua Cooper Ramo makes a good case that our world is now defined by networks rather than the traditional forces and institutions that previously shaped history. His premise is that this is such a revolutionary force that it actually requires us to develop a new sense, one that lets us recognize and shape networks. I'm not sure if this is literally true or if it just makes for a good title and topic for a book. For, while technology such as the internet has certainly radic ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accompanied with name drops that would put The Game to shame. (Hip-Hop heads should get the CONNECTION), pun fully intended. The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo is a book written to discern the consumer on the shifting paradigm that is already taking place due to Networks. Interwoven with great historical facts, adroitly used by Joshua to articulate his points. I.e. how the Enlightenment led to “convergence clubs” or “divergence clubs”. The writer argues in order for one, not to fall victim ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the most surprising thing about this book for me was that … it wasn’t actually all that surprising. I don’t know if it’s because I read it after the 2016 election or after the Zuckerberg testimony, or maybe because I’ve really never known a world that’s unconnected, but it really wasn’t all that … enlightening.

Now, I grew up during a time when a lot of technology was emerging in the average household, and I, like everyone else my age, asked for a cell phone, asked for a screenname, asked
Stephan Bolton
Several good topics and discussions populate this book in which Ramo argues that the increasingly networked complexity of the modern world demands coup-d’oeil leadership possessed of nuanced understandings of culture, history, identity, & influence to enable successful long term interaction within a system. The author’s prime topic, examination of gated network orders and complex adaptive systems, is especially useful to policy/strategy planners & practitioners; his discussion of descrip ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the larger impact of the world's having adopted networks of devices. One hypothesis is suggests is that networking capabilities change the fundamental value of the connected device. When an automobile becomes a connected computer on wheels the attributes of the item changes, the business and value chains of its producers and services will change.

Ramos also reminds us that the wave of networking will accelerate.

Bottom line - more short term disruption as the impacts of this "ne
Deane Barker
The basic concept here is that "networks" are the Next Big Thing. Everything in the world is interconnected, and "the seventh sense" is our ability to sense those connections, and think in terms of networks, rather than just isolated things.

I think. It's tough to tell.

First of all, the author was all over the place on what defined a "network." One second, he's talking about computer networks, then he's talking about political networks, then personal networks, etc. I get it -- there are a lot of
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