There is no time like the present to start designing your desirable future. The books below will help you start today. 

1- Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

“Imagine 6.8 billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and non-polluting and ubiquitous energy.

Since the dawn of humanity there has always been a privileged, prosperous few living in stark contrast to the majority struggling with disease, starvation and poverty. At first glance it seems that we’ll never close this gap. With wealth now concentrated in the upper two percent of society – and serious concerns about population size, global warming, energy shortages, water shortages, food shortages, material shortages. This list goes on – alarmists are having a field day. And an impact. For the first time in a long time, parents are predicting a worse life for their children than their own. But none of this is accurate.

We are now entering a period of radical transformation in which, because of the exponential growth rate of technology we will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Making this happen is humanity’s grandest challenge – this is a book about how we can meet it.” (source: Booktopia)

2- Leading from the Emerging Future, by Otto Scharmer e Katrin Kaufe

“We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete “ego-system” focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole. Filled with real-world examples, this thought-provoking guide presents proven practices for building a new economy that is more resilient, intentional, inclusive, and aware.” (source: Amazon)

You can also read the pdf version of this book here.

3- Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, by Chris Anderson

“Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of “Makers” using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent – creating ‘the long tail of things’.” (source: goodreads)

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