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22 Ideas to Fix the World


The book represents a collection of candid interviews from the world’s greatest economists, philosophers, professors, environmentalists, and sociologists focus on dealing with the crises of today.

Supported by World Public Forum, 22 Ideas surveys the issues relevant to the entire global community, fueling discussions on economic, social, developmental, and political topics. From the global financial crisis to the growth of democracy and the acceleration of global warming, the world’s leading thinkers share their ideas through honest, brief, accessible interviews and engage in thought-provoking, poignant, and passionate dialogues for a chance to make our world better.

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Publication date: 04/09/2014
Type: Books


The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis still reverberate throughout the globe. Markets are down, unemployment is up, and nations from Greece to Ireland find their very infrastructure on the brink of collapse. There is also a crisis in the management of global affairs, with the institutions of global governance challenged as never before, accompanied by conflicts ranging from Syria, to Iran, to Mali. Domestically, the bases for democratic legitimacy, social sustainability, and environmental adaptability are also changing. In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.

The book surveys issues relevant to the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Speaking from a variety of perspectives, including economic, social, developmental, and political, the discussions here increase our understanding of what’s wrong with the world and how to get it right. Interviewees explore topics like the Arab Spring, the influence of international financial organizations, the possibilities for the growth of democracy, the acceleration of global warming, and how to develop enforceable standards for market and social regulation. These inspiring exchanges from some of our most sophisticated thinkers on world policy are honest, brief, and easily understood, presenting thought-provoking ideas in a clear and accessible manner that cuts through the academic jargon that too often obscures more than it reveals. 22 Ideas to Fix the World is living history in the finest sense—a lasting chronicle of the state of the global community today.

Interviews with:
Zygmunt Bauman | Shimshon Bichler & Jonathan Nitzan | Craig Calhoun
Ha-Joon Chang | Fred Dallmayr | Mike Davis | Bob Deacon | Kemal Dervis
Jiemian Yang | Peter J. Katzenstein | Ivan Krastev | Will Kymlicka
Manuel F. Montes | José Antonio Ocampo | Vladimir Popov | Joseph Stiglitz | Olzhas Suleimenov | Jomo Kwame Sundaram | Immanuel Wallerstein | Paul Watson | Vladimir Yakunin | Muhammad Yunus.


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