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I learned of “The Fourth Economy” by reading Taylor Pearson’s “The End of Jobs.” While a solid book in its own right, my favorite sections of Pearson’s book pertained to Davison’s work. I’m not going to recap the book here, because you can get that info elsewhere. But if you wonder why jobs are getting harder to find even for knowledgeable people with top degrees, and have wrestled with what to do about it for yourself or how to advise your kids, this book will give you a clearer “big picture” to answer these questions than anything else I’ve found.
Cheers Davison. This is damn fine work.
When I met with the author, Ron Davison, in San Diego, I told him it was the most influential book on my thinking I’d read since the Communist Manifesto at 18 and spent the next 3 years of my life chasing rabbits down socialist, ideological tunnels.
He was gracious enough to chuckle. Ron is both more humble than Marx and in much better touch with reality. To the extent that book predicts the future, it continues existing trends into the future rather than predicting unprecedented revolution.
I’ve probably recommended the book to fifty people in that time with as far as I can tell one person actually taking me up on it. The book is both incredibly dense and relatively long. Despite what you can tell is painstaking work to provide example and analogies, the concepts are complex and profound, all making it poorly summed up in bar talk.
It's astounding for the breadth and depth of human history that’s able to integrate into a single coherent framework.
The book has stuck with me in large part because I’ve seen the implications play out in my personal life and inside organizations I’ve worked with. While I don’t have anywhere near the macro-perspective that Ron has, I have seen the changes he’s describing on a micro, company by company, individual by individual level.
In an effort to improve success rate in recommending the book, I'd wrote a relatively brief, very rough annotated summary of the overall concept, and an exploration of the concepts I found most interesting in the book in terms of their implications on the day-to-day work of entrepreneurs and organizations. - http://taylorpearson.me/the-fourth-economy/
Having previously read Bainton's "Ideas and Men" and taken the Great Courses course "The History of Western Civilization", I thought I had a fair knowledge of the topic. However, Ron's book has provided me with a much better understanding of the West from 1300 to the present. The secrets are his wonderful organization of the key aspects of each era and how they morphed into the next era, and the short but very telling accounts of key individual contributions and key events. The continuity of the book is excellent, and I particularly liked the descriptive chapter headings that let you know the key points of what you are about to read.
I was also impressed by the book's readability. I think it's great when a history book reads more like a novel, encouraging one to turn the next page. This one does that.
Lastly, Ron often relates aspects of history to current events, sometimes to lament that we humans seem to repeat our mistakes and sometimes to explain how the key drivers of change have remained pretty much the same for 800 years. For example, each of the eras has moved forward the role of the individual in each of the major areas of society - and the "fourth economy" will represent a further movement forward for the person. Good News!
You can't go wrong. Buy it and give it as gifts to those you think are curious about the world.