Ideas for the New Millennium 2001 Edition
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As the technological and information revolutions continue to transform our lives, the world is moving towards a planetary society. The forces of globalisation are creating greater interdependence between individuals, enterprises, communities and nations, leading to a new culture that Peter Ellyard calls ¿Planetism¿. The values of ¿Planetism¿¿the values of the ¿spaceship culture¿¿will, he argues, shape the global market-place of the early twenty-first century. In Ideas for the New Millennium, Ellyard provides a vision for human prosperity in the next century. About 70 per cent of the job categories, products and services of our Planetist future have yet to be invented, and great opportunities exist for innovators with a vision for this future. He argues that the world needs more ¿leaders¿¿that is, people who have the vision and energy to direct change¿and fewer ¿managers¿¿that is, people who simply react to change. Ellyard describes what these transformations in society will mean for leadership and management, for education and learning, for health and wellbeing, for industrial development, for food production and agriculture, for environmental management and for intercultural relations and understanding. We can do well economically, he argues, by doing good environmentally. In urging the creation of an ecologically, economically, socially and culturally sustainable Planetist society in the twenty-first century, Ellyard offers a challenging vision not only for our own future but for that of our children, our grandchildren and the generations to come.
Dr Peter Ellyard has been a senior adviser to the United Nations system for more than twenty years. He is Adjunct Professor of Intergenerational Strategies at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian College of Education. A former Executive Director of the Australian Commission of the Future, he is now Executive Director of Preferred Futures Pty Ltd and Chair of the Universal Greening Group.
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