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Keys to the 21st Century
Edited by Jérôme Bindé
With a Preface by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
416 pages, bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-57181-401-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2001)
ISBN 978-1-57181-402-9 $39.95/£31.95 Pb Published (October 2001)
Are we prepared for the 21st century? There is room for doubt. The future seems increasingly uncertain, hard to decipher, ambiguous in its very indeterminism, sometime frankly illegible. If it is impossible to predict the future, one can at least help to shape it. To respond in a timely manner to the challenges of the 21st century, one must start by posing the right questions so as to identify possible solutions, if any, before it is too late. This is precisely the role of future-oriented studies and forward thinking as represented in this volume. Originating as it does in a UNESCO series of encounters and exchanges between scientists, intellectuals, artists, decision-makers, and leading personalities from public life, it offers a forum for an open debate, in the spirit of a new ethic of discussion, on a wide range of problems, challenges and solutions from a variety of perspectives. In short what this volume strives to achieve is to contribute to an ethic of the future.
Jérôme Bindé is Director of the Office of Analysis and Forecasting at UNESCO, where he is responsible for the cycle of the "Twenty-First Century Talks." He is the principal co-author of an international report on Un monde nouveau.