Rushworth M. Kidder

  • Reinventing the Future

    Global Goals for the 21st Century

    Rushworth M. Kidder

    Reinventing the future will involve setting goals and finding solutions for major worldwide problems of the environment, the North South gap, arms control and East West relations, and ethics. These are the issues that Christian Science Monitor columnist, Rushworth Kidder addresses in this timely and important book. Reinventing the Future follows up on Kidder's book An Agenda for the 21st Century, which defined and articulated a broad set of goals derived from discussions with such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Barbara Tuchman, Carlos Fuentes, and Freeman Dyson. While some of the Agenda interviewees are included here, younger commentators have been given broader representation and the range of issues has been narrowed to four, providing a much needed focus on measurable and attainable goals for the next century. Kidder's introductory chapter outlines the need for goals and goal setting by generalists rather than specialists. It conveys the color, texture, and ambience of the exciting, often moving exchanges between the 35 individuals from 12 nations who participated in the Monitor conference that spawned this book. Each of the four "issue chapters" summarizes a problem, outlines specific goals, and lists the steps that can be taken to achieve the goals. The text itself skillfully blends reports of general principles and discussions with the viewpoints and contributions of individuals.

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  • An Agenda for the 21st Century

    An Agenda for the 21st Century

    Rushworth M. Kidder

    Rushworth Kidder conducts wide-ranging interviews with 22 of the world's most compelling thinkers - artists, scientists, statesmen, and philosophers - asking each one this fundamental question: What are the major issues that will face humanity in the 21st century?

    "If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one," the British author John Galsworthy wrote at the beginning of this century. In An Agenda for the 21st Century, Rushworth Kidder, award-winning columnist for the Christian Science Monitor, has taken up Galsworthy's challenge. He conducts wide-ranging interviews with 22 of the world's most compelling thinkers - artists, scientists, statesmen, and philosophers - asking each one this fundamental question: What are the major issues that will face humanity in the 21st century? The answers that emerge are thoughtful, often surprising, and as diverse as the respondents themselves. While the group generally agrees on the set of issues most critically in need of addressing - the arms race, overpopulation, the environment, the North-South gap, education, and morality - there is often sharp disagreement over the course the future will take. Educator Michael Hooker, for instance, foresees a world in which technology has solved humanity's survival questions, and in which the main problem is an excess of leisure time. The Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky, on the other hand, worries about human beings becoming increasingly standardized, resembling more and more the robots they have created. Philosopher Mortimer Adler calls for a massive commitment to education in critical thinking, without which, he says, democracy cannot survive. Historian Barbara Tuchman and novelist Carlos Fuentes each focus on the need to restore a greater sense of morality, both public and private. Repeatedly the interviewees argue that life in the 21st century will not be shaped simply by technology, but by our ability to come to terms with the social impact of new inventions. Others interviewed by Kidder include Sissela Bok, Jimmy Carter, Norman Cousins, Freeman Dyson, Amitai Etzioni, Douglas Fraser, Theodore Gordon, Hanna Gray, Paul Johnson, Shuichi Kato, Robert McNamara, Olesegun Obasanjo, David Packard, Lloyd Richards, Abdus Salam, Richard von Weizsacker, and Marina Whitman. Kidder has written brief portraits of each interviewee and a concluding chapter.The interviews were originally published as a series in the Christian Science Monitor where Rushworth Kidder covers social issues and trends. He is also the author of books on poets Dylan Thomas and e.e. Cummings.

    • Hardcover $35.00
    • Paperback $20.00