I just wrapped up Fareed Zakaria‘s book titled “Post American World“. It is a good read and attempts to provide macro view of the world; discusses trends and perspective on things to come/shape future in the next couple of decades. Here are the excerpts from the book covered on Newsweek.
Here is Fareed’s interview on BBC providing glimpse on the book and his thought process.
If you need a short synopsis and key takeaway – here is Fred Wilson, a popular VC, sharing his key take aways.
Key theme that I pick on in the rise of rest is how citizens of growing nations are showing passion; having hunger in the belly to grow; risk taking; willingness to change; sense of optimism on what they can do and countries evolving to become more democratic in their own ways. It speaks to a lot of what had helped fuel America in its growth due to similar entrepreneurial nature and what we need to keep doing to remain in the leading position.
I like the closing of Newsweek article (quote from the book) that lured me to read the book:-
“Generations from now, when historians write about these times, they might note that by the turn of the 21st century, the United States had succeeded in its great, historical mission—globalizing the world. We don’t want them to write that along the way, we forgot to globalize ourselves.”
Let’s keep our innovation edge going and growing…As Steve Jobs once quoted in his commencement speech at Stanford “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish“.