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The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World by [Gorbis, Marina]
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Gorbis, a futurist and consultant, describes a new era she calls “socialstructing,” in which individuals use technology and the collective intelligence of a large group of people, their social network, to take on jobs previously done by big businesses and organizations. She cites the values in these networks, including open collaboration, independence, and the ability of anyone to rise to an endeavor. The author observes that “empowered by computing and communication technologies that have been steadily building village-like networks on a global scale, we are infusing more and more of our economic transactions with social connections.” She offers chapters describing how social structing will impact education, government, scientific research, and health. Gorbis suggests that young people need to develop new skills and capabilities for this self-driven and self-directed world with resources and content available on personal devices to increasingly acquire more knowledge and consume more rich content, or they will be left behind. This is a thought-provoking, excellent book for a wide range of library patrons. --Mary Whaley

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"There's no better futurist to learn from today than Marina Gorbis, who taps her vast social network of innovators and researchers for the biggest, most disruptive ideas that are changing how we work, solve problems and create value today. This book is a thrilling and insight-packed guide to harnessing the power of the new social economy. It's full of compelling stories and practical lessons from on-the-ground visionaries who are inventing the future as we speak. This book will help you see the next century clearly -- and maybe even turn you into one of the amazing SocialStructers who are changing what's possible for the rest of us." (Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken )

“Challenging… well worth reading and considering.” (Kirkus Reviews )

"Marina Gorbis is the only futurist I know capable of explaining and connecting phenomena such as alternative currency, deliberative democracy, bio-citizenry, and socialstructs - all in a language that even a CEO can understand. This is the context that companies and organizations of all kinds need to thrive in the emerging social landscape." (Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed. )

"Marina Gorbis's book The Nature of the Future reminds me of one of my favorite Einstein quotes. "You can't solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew." This book outlines the new ways to rethink the social structures of the world. Every participant in this global reality needs to read this book." (Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Founder of The Webby Awards )

"We can now begin to see that the most important long term effect of computers and the Internet are the ways these tools enable people to do things together in entirely new ways. Large and small groups all over the world are using collaborative, digitally mediated methods of "socialstructing" to amplify and reinvent money, scientific discovery, governance, education. Marina Gorbis' experience as Executive Director of Institute for the Future positions her perfectly to foresee and forecast the emerging social economies that are already changing the way people get things done together. You'll learn a lot from this book. More importantly, you'll gain a powerful new lens for seeing what is really going on around us." (Howard Rheingold )

"Marina has just published a compelling, provocative, and grounded book about how technology is enabling individuals to connect with one another to follow their passions and get stuff done, outside of large corporations, governments, and the other institutions that typically rule our lives. Marina calls it "socialstructing." I call it making the future better than the present." (David Pescovitz Boing Boing)


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  • File Size: 2686 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDOSWW
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