The Ingenuity Gap

The Ingenuity Gap

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Defines the "ingenuity gap"--the need for practical and innovative solutions to society's complex problems and the actual supply of those ideas--and explains how a widening gap can create political and social upheaval.

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The gap Homer-Dixon (peace and conflict studies, U. of Toronto) sees is not between countries, but between the need for practical, innovative ideas to solve complex problems in such areas as international finance, global climate, and health, and the actual supply of those ideas. After walking through a number of examples, starting with a United Airlines crash, he warns of political disintegration and violent upheaval, and suggests how to overcome the problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Argues that we are in desperate need of practical and innovative ideas to solve the complex problems and challenges confronting modern society--from global climatic change and AIDS to international financial crises--at a time in which we construct and depend on little-understood systems of law, the market, technology, and more. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375401862
Branch Call Number: 303.49 HOM
Characteristics: 480 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Jul 20, 2011

A good place to start learning about where the world may be heading in the near future. The author gives a great description of how both natural and man-made systems are often too complex to be predictable and why our efforts to control these systems fail, along with the systems themselves.


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