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The Coming Prosperity

Philip Auerswald

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795178
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190258481 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199795178.001.0001
The Coming Prosperity

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Ours is the most dynamic era in human history. The benefits of four centuries of technological and organizational change are at last reaching a previously excluded global majority. This transformation will create large-scale opportunities in richer countries like the United States just as it has in poorer countries now in the ascent. This book argues that it is time to overcome the outdated narratives of fear that dominate public discourse and to grasp the powerful momentum of progress. Acknowledging the gravity of today's greatest global challenges—like climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization—the book emphasizes that the choices we make today will determine the extent and reach of the coming prosperity. To make the most of this epochal transition, it states, the key is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs introduce new products and services, expand the range of global knowledge networks, and, most importantly, challenge established business interests, maintaining the vitality of mature capitalist economies and enhancing the viability of emerging ones. The book frames narratives of inspiring entrepreneurs within the sweep of human history. The book's deft analysis of economic trends is enlivened by stories of entrepreneurs making an outsize difference in their communities and the world—people like Karim Khoja, who led the creation of the first mobile phone company in Afghanistan; Leila Janah, who is bringing digital-age opportunity to talented people trapped in refugee camps; and Victoria Hale, whose non-profit pharmaceutical company turned an orphan drug into a cure for black fever.

Keywords: climate change; water scarcity; rapid urbanization; entrepreneurship; global knowledge networks; Karim Khoja; Leila Janah

Book.  280 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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Introduction in The Coming Prosperity

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Car Trouble in The Coming Prosperity

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Demographic Dividends in The Coming Prosperity

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I’m So Bored with the PRC in The Coming Prosperity

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Positive Insurgencies in The Coming Prosperity

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Mobilizing the Masses in The Coming Prosperity

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You Are What You Venture in The Coming Prosperity

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The Way of the Empty Hand in The Coming Prosperity

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Before Adam Smith in The Coming Prosperity

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What’s Good for GM … in The Coming Prosperity

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