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CTV National News interview: A Canadian author predicted Brexit

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“The Protestant Reformation, you know, breaking Europe up religiously and politically, it was catastrophic in a number of ways,” the University of Oxford scholar said.

“There was a silver lining, which is that people suddenly realized in Rome and in other European capitals that this monolithic institution that they had always grown up with, and whose problems they felt were simply too great to be dealt with, could be radically reshaped.”
Despite the tumult across the Atlantic, Kutarna believes that the European Union will continue to exist – and thrive.

“I think people waking up this morning in the capitals of Europe, one thing they absolutely do believe now is that the EU can be radically reshaped,” he said. “A lot of people still believe that there are positives to be pulled out of a connected and open Europe and it’s up to them now to demonstrate to the wider European public that those positives are going to reach them.” (full article…)

Eric Bovim at Salon.com calls out “audacious” Age of Discovery…

Eric Bovim @ Salon.com has picked up on my meme linking Donald Trump to the firebrand friar of the first Renaissance, Girolamo Savonarola:

Recently, two scholars from Oxford University, Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna, published an audacious text about the lessons that could be drawn from the dislocation and demographic shifts that occurred during the Renaissance, a period of rapid advancement much like our own today. They argue the upheaval at the time due to technology led to a politics whose complexion is very similar to ours today…

Trump, like the Brexiters, has been an American Savanorola throughout his unorthodox campaign, smashing the idols of party structure, ruling class and fixed horizons. Whatever one thinks of Trump, you have to acknowledge that he is better at masterminding his own narrative than the rest of the world appears willing to give him credit for…

Age of Discovery is an important book in a time where the world is dividing and retreating. Ian and Chris take us on a powerful journey…This book will help the world courageously realize the opportunities ahead of us. Sir Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

Age of Discovery is an essential guide—and a superb ride—through our current stormy moment. In their timely and lively book, Ian and Chris chart a course to a new golden age of human creativity, ingenuity and potential. Arianna Huffington

Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post

In an age of quick and often simplistic analysis, Ian and Chris paint a rich and instructive portrait of our current moment. Age of Discovery offers essential insights for all of us—including for every emerging Michelangelo and da Vinci. Reid Hoffman

Founder and Chairman, LinkedIn

Age of Discovery is a much needed dose of perspective in our increasingly short-term focused world.

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Co

There are many things to admire in this wonderful book. The Renaissance brought a crescendo of new ideas in the full range of human endeavor, and with them a century of transformational change. It also brought interdependence, risk, instability, confusion and fear. The present age feels similar. Everyone should read it. Michael Spence

Nobel Laureate in Economics

Age of Discovery identifies the pivotal choices we all face, and issues a call to action that we all need to hear. Kumi Naidoo

International Executive Director, Greenpeace

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