The Future

Former Vice President Al Gore speaks at Wayne State University, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in Detroit. Former Vice President Al
Former Vice President Al Gore speaks at Wayne State University, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in Detroit. Former Vice President Al Gore linked climate change to a rash of environmental catastrophes Thursday, from floods in Pakistan to drought in Texas and rampant algae blooms sucking oxygen from Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT

Almost a decade ago, someone asked me a question, "What are the drivers of global change?" I've spent a lot of time over the last eight years thinking about it, and have dedicated much of the last two years to researching, writing and refining my conclusions. The result is my new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. The book will be released on January 29th.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be introducing some of the ideas from my book on my Twitter feed. I hope you find them as interesting and informative as I do. These tweets will serve as a primer for some of the major concepts presented in the book. If you're interested in learning more, you can find details on this webpage: http://bit.ly/XFlG04

We find ourselves in a period of rapid, simultaneous and exponential change, unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Trying to make sense of our new reality is a daunting challenge. The future holds both great opportunities to be taken advantage of and profound challenges to address. More so than ever before, humanity needs to unite around the principles of sustainability and democracy. We all have an important role to play in reclaiming control of our destiny.

While mapping the future is a risky undertaking, perhaps the only thing riskier is doing nothing.

Cross-posted from Al's Journal