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Books about the future of the Knowledge Society

. Books about the future of the Knowledge Society


Corporate Longitude: What You Need to Know to Navigate the Knowledge Economy
by Leif Edvinsson

From the world's leading intellectual capital 'guru', Leif Edvinsson, he presents new insights and strategies for every leader seeking competitive in the next knowledge economy.




European Dream, The: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream
by Jeremy Rifkin, Jeremy P Tarcher, Penguin

The American Dream is in decline. Americans are increasingly overworked, underpaid, and squeezed for time. But there is an alternative: the European Dream-a more leisurely, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable way of life. Europe's lifestyle is not only desirable, argues Jeremy Rifkin, but may be crucial to sustaining prosperity in the new era.

With the dawn of the European Union, Europe has become an economic superpower in its own right-its GDP now surpasses that of the United States. Europe has achieved newfound dominance not by single-mindedly driving up stock prices, expanding working hours, and pressing every household into a double- wage-earner conundrum. Instead, the New Europe relies on market networks that place cooperation above competition; promotes a new sense of citizenship that extols the well-being of the whole person and the community rather than the dominant individual; and recognizes the necessity of deep play and leisure to create a better, more productive, and healthier workforce.

From the medieval era to modernity, Rifkin delves deeply into the history of Europe, and eventually America, to show how the continent has succeeded in slowly and steadily developing a more adaptive, sensible way of working and living. In The European Dream, Rifkin posits a dawning truth that only the most jingoistic can ignore: Europe's flexible, communitarian model of society, business, and citizenship is better suited to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Indeed, the European Dream may come to define the new century as the American Dream defined the century now past.

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Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity (Professional Learning)

by Andy Hargreaves

We are living in a defining moment, when the world in which teachers do their work is changing profoundly. In his latest book, Hargreaves proposes that we have a one-time chance to reshape the future of teaching and schooling and that we should seize this historic opportunity. Hargreaves sets out what it means to teach in the new knowledge society - to prepare young people for a world of creativity and flexibility and to protect them against the threats of mounting insecurity. He provides inspiring examples of schools that operate as creative and caring learning communities and shows how years of "soulless standardization" have seriously undermined similar attempts made by many non-affluent schools. Hargreaves takes us beyond the dead-ends of standardization and divisiveness to a future in which all teaching can be a high-skill, creative, life-shaping mission because "the knowledge society requires nothing less." This major commentary on the state of today's teaching profession in a knowledge-driven world is theoretically original and strategically powerful - a practical, inspiring, and challenging guide to rethinking the work of teaching.


Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age

by Richard Holeton

This innovative reader addresses the social, cultural, political, and educational implications of today's burgeoning information and communication technologies in substantial critical depth. Using three broad human themes - Constructing Identity, Building Community, and Seeking Knowledge - this brief freshman reader engages students in exciting rhetorical issues, including "Gender Online," "The Global Village," and "Information Overload and New Media." In each case, hopeful and optimistic views are balanced with incisive technology criticism, helping to make cutting-edge social issues intellectually coherent and accessible to your students.


Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs

by Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, David Ticoll, Alex Lowy

God forbid that doing business and making money on the Internet should bear any resemblance whatsoever to the past millennium of bricks-and-mortar capitalism--that would be too easy. Nope, it's a whole different ball game now, and the new rule is: adapt or die. At least that's the message behind Digital Capital. From the three principal cyberconsultants at the Alliance for Converging Technologies (one of whom, Don Tapscott, authored the bestsellers The Digital Economy and Growing Up Digital), comes a paradigm for global takeover: the business web, or "b-web" for short. In their words, b-webs are "strategically aligned, multi-enterprise partner networks of producers, suppliers, service providers, infrastructure companies, and customers that conduct business communication and transactions via digital channels." Some examples are eBay, Cisco, Dell, MP3.com... in short, any enterprise that a) knows how to form lateral partnerships with other goods-or-service providers, and b) eliminates the role of planes, trains, and automobiles--not to mention lots of time, money, and human energy--by doing almost everything over the Internet. Not only do the authors provide a wealth of b-web case studies (including Charles Schwab, Priceline.com, Webvan, AT&T Solutions, and OptiMark in addition to those mentioned above), they outline a step by-step process for weaving a b-web of one's own.

Too often, Digital Capital's sound ideas come marinated in think-tank jargon so alienated from plain English as to be nearly impenetrable. Consider: "Disaggregation leads to 'disintermediation' and 'reintermediation'," which, believe it or not, isn't a line that French film theorists use in pick-up bars, but the simple statement that business webs manage to cut out a lot of the traditional steps between producers and customers. Now why couldn't they just have said that? No matter. After you nibble through the self-important MBA-speak, you'll find a smart look at how online shops are rewiring early 21st-century capitalism. - Timothy Murphy



Critique of Pure Reason

by Immanuel Kant (Author), Paul Guyer (Editor), Allen W. Wood (Editor)

This entirely new translation of Critique of Pure Reason is the most accurate and informative English translation ever produced of this epochal philosophical text. Though its simple, direct style will make it suitable for all new readers of Kant, the translation displays a philosophical and textual sophistication that will enlighten Kant scholars as well. This translation recreates as far as possible a text with the same interpretative nuances and richness as the original.


Consilience : The Unity of Knowledge

by Edward O. Wilson

The biologist Edward O. Wilson is a rare scientist: having over a long career made signal contributions to population genetics, evolutionary biology, entomology, and ethology, he has also steeped himself in philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences. The result of his lifelong, wide-ranging investigations is Consilience (the word means "a jumping together," in this case of the many branches of human knowledge), a wonderfully broad study that encourages scholars to bridge the many gaps that yawn between and within the cultures of science and the arts. No such gaps should exist, Wilson maintains, for the sciences, humanities, and arts have a common goal: to give understanding a purpose, to lend to us all "a conviction, far deeper than a mere working proposition, that the world is orderly and can be explained by a small number of natural laws." In making his synthetic argument, Wilson examines the ways (rightly and wrongly) in which science is done, puzzles over the postmodernist debates now sweeping academia, and proposes thought-provoking ideas about religion and human nature. He turns to the great evolutionary biologists and the scholars of the Enlightenment for case studies of science properly conducted, considers the life cycles of ants and mountain lions, and presses, again and again, for rigor and vigor to be brought to bear on our search for meaning. The time is right, he suggests, for us to understand more fully that quest for knowledge, for "Homo sapiens, the first truly free species, is about to decommission natural selection, the force that made us.... Soon we must look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become." Wilson's wisdom, eloquently expressed in the pages of this grand and lively summing-up, will be of much help in that search.


An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Oxford Philosophical Texts)

by David Hume, Tom L. Beauchamp (Editor)

The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of truly practical and accessible guides to major philosophical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world up to modern times. Each book opens with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist which covers the philosopher's life, work, and influence. Endnotes, a full bibliography, guides to further reading, and an index are also included.

Now one of the most widely read works in philosophy, David Hume's An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) introduced his philosophy to a broad educated readership. In it he gives an elegant and accessible presentation of strikingly original and challenging views about the limited powers of human understanding, the attractions of skepticism, the compatibility of free will and determinism, and weaknesses in the foundations of religion. In this volume, an authoritative new version of the text is enhanced by detailed explanatory notes, a glossary of terms, a full list of references, and a section of supplementary readings.


A Guided Tour of Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy with Complete Translations of the Meditations by Ronald Rubin

by Christopher Biffle

This accessible supplement makes Descartes' text come alive for students by showing them how to read, think critically, and write about this key, classic work. Engaging interactive devices draw students into an intimate philosophical encounter that they can model in later work in philosophy.


Knowledge Societies: Information Technology for Sustainable Development

by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Knowledge Societies contains a wealth of information and commentary on the social and economic benefits and risks of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for developing countries. It offers unique policy-oriented perspectives on three major sets of issues - constructing and accessing the ICT infrastructure, building capabilities and skills for producing or using ICTs and services, and preparing the framework of strategies, policies, and regulations that will help to ensure that developing countries can move towards innovative "knowledge societies" that support their development goals. It brings together the views of government policy-makers, industrialists, researchers, and other stakeholders in developing and industrialized countries and draws substantially on the results of research in the field of science and technology policy studies. The publication is an excellent resource for government officials, private sector firms, academic researchers, and ICT producers and users.


The Rise of the Network Society

by Manuel Castells

The Rise of the Network Society, the first volume in a trilogy collectively known as the Information Age, has earned Manuel Castells comparisons to such illustrious social critics as Max Weber and Karl Marx. Just as they worked to make sense of industrial capitalism, so does Castells put forth a systemic analysis of the global informational capitalism that emerged in the last half of the 20th century. While many books have considered the development of increasingly sophisticated information technology, the shifting conditions of employment and responsibility within corporations, or the rise of corporations whose domains are spread out over several nation-states, Castells unites these topics in a comprehensive thesis, negotiating the tightrope between academic sociology and mainstream business analysis.


Digital Spirit: Minding the Future

by Jan Amkreutz

Most of us feel it. Something is going on that reaches beyond the change that comes with every new generation. Something that not only changes the patterns of our lives, but something that touches the core of our human way of being.

Thousands of books describe the symptoms: The acceleration of the impact of high-tech; the eroding foundation of traditional values and ideals. Religious extremism A lack of purpose. Political arrogance and economic ignorance dance to the tunes of global confusion.

These are disturbing surface waves of a deep and tranformational change. They stare us in the face, we measure them, analyse them, study their relations and try to predict their future direction... while we fail to see the depth of the underlying ocean of transformation. A transformation that will change our world forever; and irrevocably.

Digital Spirit presents an original and bold perspective that will surprise you: What we call 'human' has just begun the process of awakening; and the emerging digital reality is the manifestation of that awakening. That digital reality is the third reality in the history of our universe.

Humanity is entering the eye of a storm that marks the beginning of an era of the deepest change since the emergence of life on our planet. That storm is not a source for despair, but an incredible source of hope and opportunity.

Digital Spirit explains why.


The Future of Knowledge: Increasing Prosperity through Value Networks

by Verna Allee

Verna Allee, whose groundbreaking book 'The Knowledge Evolution' helped usher in the exploding field of knowledge management, has brought her experience-tested insights into an exciting new synthesis, penetrating to the very heart of value creation. 'The Future of Knowledge' strips away traditional business thinking to reveal the new patterns of management thought and practice essential for success in a more complex world.


The Fragility of Modern Societies: Knowledge and Risk in the Information Age

by Nico Stehr

This book argues that knowledge is now central to the modern economy and its productive processes. It is also essential for social relations, social cohesion and conflict resolution. We have moved from a society based around heavy commodities to symbolic goods, from situated markets to non-place-specific locations, from machines to software and from things to ideas. These changes produce new forms of social interaction and new perspectives on identity, practice and association. This penetrating book slices through the cliches and blind alleys of discussions around the knowledge society to reveal the tendons of contemporary change. Written with insight and panache the book explains the momentous nature of the changes associated with the knowledge society. It will be required reading for students of sociology, cultural studies and organization studies.

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