Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Next 20 Years Will Not Be Like the Last 20 Years--Here's Why

The Status Quo is not sustainable. Here are some resources on the many reasons why.

Coming to the understanding that the Status Quo is not sustainable is often a crooked path of overcoming programming, propaganda, denial and fear. My colleagues at (where I am a contributing writer) have summarized why the Status Quo is not sustainable in an engaging one-hour video program:

Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Completely Unlike The Last 20the 'Accelerated' Crash Course (56 minutes).
The Accelerated Crash Course from Peak Prosperity on Vimeo.

The program's roots are in Chris Martenson's original video presentation, The Crash Course, a series that went viral around the time of the Global Financial Meltdown. The entire series has been completely reworked, and this one-hour summary introduces the key dynamics in a way that is accessible to those to whom these concepts and realities are new.

This program is free. If you've been looking for one program that would help those who are new to the topics of unsustainability, this is it.

One of my jobs (to use the term loosely) is to curate the vast trove of information the global correspondents of this site submit to further my own education. Another is to attempt to keep track of new books and what's being published in influential journals.

Here is a limited selection of recent books that speak to the topic The Next 20 Years Will Not Be Like the Last 20 Years--Here's Why. This is by no means authoritative or complete--but it is an interesting taste of the significant work being published.

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

You may also find my list of hundreds of Books/Films of interest.

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And like most of you, the way I've moved toward my goal has always hinged not just on having a job but a career.

You don't have to be a financial blogger to know that "having a job" and "having a career" do not mean the same thing today as they did when I first started swinging a hammer for a paycheck.

Even the basic concept "getting a job" has changed so radically that jobs--getting and keeping them, and the perceived lack of them--is the number one financial topic among friends, family and for that matter, complete strangers.

So I sat down and wrote this book: Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy.

It details everything I've verified about employment and the economy, and lays out an action plan to get you employed.

I am proud of this book. It is the culmination of both my practical work experiences and my financial analysis, and it is a useful, practical, and clarifying read.

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