I know that as you read the title above, you are probably surprised by the statement. I know I was. I was also intrigued and, once I started reading the book, I was very pleased and excited by what I was learning. This is a very smart book that kept me thinking and then talking to family and friends for a long time. Let me give you just a glimpse of the subject matter in this portion of the publisher’s blurb:
“This book takes an everyday item and considers it in a way that readers may not have previously thought possible. It tackles topics relevant to today, everything from fakes in the museums to farm-to-table eating, and answers questions about how we can anticipate and change our world in areas as far-reaching as the environment, politics, and the clash of civilizations occurring between countries. Much like other pop economics books have done before, the stories are easily retold in water-cooler style, allowing them to be thoughtfully considered, argued, and discussed.”
I think many of us are tired of being depressed about the future of our country and our world. Spending time with this author, thinking the way a futurist thinks, certainly perked up my spirits. She had me thinking about so many different aspects of our lives that she got me out of thinking about myself. Just to show you the variety of topics here, let me share a few of the chapter titles:
- Bankers’ Wives Are Laundering Money
- Not Shopping Could Save The Planet
- Is Your Cotton Shirt Causing Starvation?
- Burkinis And The Clash of Civilization
Reading and thinking about the future made me think of my children and grandchildren a lot. The future certainly belongs to them. Disrobed is already set as gifts for several family members at Christmas time. Its a no-brainer that my two teenaged granddaughters will love all the fashion talk, but seriously, I think one of them will use the subject of this book as a school project or term paper. It’s that good!
About Syl Tang
Syl Tang†is CEO and founder of the 19-year old HipGuide Inc. A futurist, her focus is how and why we consume, with an eye towards world events such as natural disasters, geo-political clashes, and pandemics. She has written hundreds of articles on the confluence of world events and soft goods for the Financial Times, predicting and documenting trends such as the Apple watch and other smart wearables, lab-made diamonds, the Department of Defenseís funding of Afghan jewelry companies, the effects of global warming on South Sea pearls, and the unsolved murder of tanzanite speculator Campbell Bridges. Her brand consulting work focuses on helping companies including Diageo, Revlon and the State of Michigan. She is behind the launches of some of the most well-known beauty, beverage, automotive and urban development efforts including category changers such as frozen alcohol and mineral makeup. In addition to developing her site, in 1999 she created the first mobile lifestyle texting product in the market and predicted mobile couponing as it exists today. Her company HipGuide is a case study taught in universities around the world, from Dubai to Nova Scotia to Purdue, through a textbook series.
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