From A.H.'s list on operational resilience and why it's important.
I struggled to keep my recommended reading list to five books. The subject is much bigger than the succession of oversimplified opinions discussing resilience, adaptation, and protection. I was greatly influenced by Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction and the need to ensure that we can adapt and protect ourselves even as we seek to mitigate the changes we have caused in our world. I am also a pragmatist at heart and often find myself referring to Hirschman's essays—he was probably the arch-pragmatist among economists.
He spoke of the dangers of trying to fit the world into a model, as opposed to building a model to understand the world. Few heed his advice, typically measuring the world about us by the familiar tools at our disposal. In the process, we become blind to the actual changes in our context and fixate on the immediate issues and returns. In effect, we lose sight…
The Ministry for the Future
Why should I read it?
12 authors picked The Ministry for the Future as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
“The best science-fiction nonfiction novel I’ve ever read.” —Jonathan Lethem
"If I could get policymakers, and citizens, everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future." —Ezra Klein (Vox)
The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite…
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