The Great Remobilization
Strategies and Designs for a Smarter Global Future
- Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Strategy Award.
240 pp., 6 x 9 in, 3 b&w illus.
- Published: October 17, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
How the turmoil of recent years gives leaders an unprecedented opportunity to redesign global strategies and systems and to remobilize toward a smarter, more resilient, and equitable future.
How can leaders faced with tremendous global upheaval create more resilient and trustworthy systems? In The Great Remobilization, Olaf Groth, Mark Esposito, and Terence Tse (along with research partner Dan Zehr) diagnose tectonic shifts in the global economy with an eye toward designing a smarter “operating system” for the world. Through their FLP-IT (forces, logic, phenomena, impact, and triage) framework for strategic leadership, the authors chart a path forward, providing guidance for a new breed of “design activist leader.” Focusing on key tectonic shifts they call the Five Cs—COVID and pandemic management, the cognitive economy and crypto, cybersecurity, climate change and carbon management, and China—they examine the implications that new forces and logics will have on countries, organizations, and individuals.
Drawing from one hundred interviews and conversations with top-level executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers, diplomats, generals, scholars, and other leading experts from around the world, the authors show how to create new inclusive visions with the aim of rebuilding the trust that will allow for both human and economic growth. Insightful and forward-thinking, The Great Remobilization powerfully illustrates the rare opportunity that we have in this historic moment to actively redesign our fragile, overpressurized global systems and develop new strategies and leadership approaches for the future. Authored by three scholar-practitioners, their synthetic perspectives and insights are at once rooted in deep research and focused on relevance for leaders and their organizations.
“The Great Remobilization provides an essential framework for mastering the deeply systemic and structural transformations occurring in global society and for reestablishing trust in our future.”
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
“In an age of increasing complexity, it's refreshing to have a compelling and well-thought-out heuristic to anchor your approach to an ever-changing world. This book is that tool.”
Christophe LeCaillec, Deputy CFO, American Express
“The future can seem unknowable, hopelessly uncertain, and complex. The Great Remobilization cuts through the confusion to make sense of the trends, phenomena, and powers shaping all of our futures. It is practical, insightful, and positive. It is what the future looks like.”
Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Founders, Thinkers50
“The Great Remobilization sets out a treasure trove of inspirational ideas and concepts providing tools for future leaders who can cultivate new pathways for building prosperous ground to a more sustainable and innovative future for our globe.”
Aura Salla, Member of the Finnish Parliament
“The Great Remobilization takes on all of the massive forces upending our world today—from COVID to climate change and geopolitical tensions—and presents an easy-to-grasp framework for analyzing those forces and identifying global solutions.”
Ann Harrison, Bank of America Dean, Berkeley Haas School of Business; editor of Globalization and Poverty
“Well-articulated moral paean and call to action on much-needed re-creation of global de-risking systems and governance structures that have not keep pace with technological change. Looking far beyond current geopolitical memes, stresses criticality of China as tectonic force that must be part of any solution.”
Paul Triolo, Senior Vice President for China and Global Technology Policy Lead, Albright Stonebridge Group
“The world is moving in many contradictory directions at once, making it harder than ever to divine the future. This unique compendium is an essential blend of analysis and prescription, both embracing complexity and coaching us on how to navigate it. Essential reading for leaders of today and tomorrow!”
Parag Khanna, Founder of Climate Alpha; author of Connectography and Move
“The last major shift in the world order followed the destruction of World War II. We are now faced with the task of building for Globalization 2.0. This book does an excellent job of highlighting the process we must employ to build a more resilient globalization with a cognitive economy.”
Keith Alexander, CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc.
“We can all sense we are living a world of flux, a liminal moment, between an old state of things and the new. Many have sought to understand the sudden volatility of the systems that compose our lives by looking at the systems of energy, food, finance, society, and, of course, the environment. But Groth, Esposito, and Tse elevate our understanding to the next level. They point out the growing interconnections of each of these systems and thereby offer humanity a framework to create a new system of systems with the potential to establish a world that works for humanity and Earth.”
Kaihan Krippendorff, Founder, Outthinker; author of Driving Innovation from Within
“This book is ambitious in scope and panoramic in coverage. The authors have crafted a robust framework for governmental and enterprise decisions (and actions) for today's discombobulated world order. They have a command over the issues facing society and a knack for weaving anecdotes and deep insights from experts as they outline their novel approach.”
David J. Teece, Professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
“Groth, Esposito, and Tse shine a light on a new set of converging crises, from new forms of colonization driven by multiple powerful forces to extreme inequalities, digital risks, and a planet in peril due to the effects of irreversible climate change. But they go beyond a mere recitation of problems; they also provide a framework that leaders across all sectors can use to analyze the impact of these crises, ensuring that no crisis goes to waste. The goals are lofty: renewed international relations and resilient societies based on equity, sustainability, peace, and prosperity. A tall order, but the book delivers—brilliantly.”
Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; author of The Slow Pace of Fast Change
“It is hard to argue against the benefits of the globalization model we have seen in the past thirty years, but it's due for a major revision. The FLP-IT model proposed in this book challenges the current global framework, effectively articulating the shifting baselines and the assumptions that shaped the current global order. Most importantly, it provides a framework to develop a new playbook that considers the central roles of technology, climate change, and China. The authors leave you with no shortage of creative ideas for new strategies, programs, and institutions to shape Globalization 2.0 in the most sustainable, equitable, and antifragile ways.”
Rajat Agarwal, President, Henkel China