Age Of Discovery

Navigating The Shocks Of Our Second Renaissance

Age Of Discovery

Navigating The Shocks Of Our Second Renaissance

Age Of Discovery: Navigating The Shocks Of Our Second Renaissance is an international best-selling guide to the 21st century by Chris Kutarna and Ian Goldin.

Now is humanity’s best moment. And our most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others—and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable.

We’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, redrew all maps of the world, liberated information and shifted Western civilization from the medieval to the early modern era. Such change came at a price: social division,political extremism, economic shocks, pandemics and other unintended consequences of human endeavour.

Now is our second Renaissance. In the face of terrorism, Brexit, refugee crises and the global impact of a Trump presidency, we can flourish—if we heed the urgent lessons of history. Age of Discovery shows us how.

Read Chapter One (PDF).

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“The present age is a contest. Hand in hand with its recognition comes the urgent responsibility to join it.”

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“An essential guide—and a superb ride—through our current stormy moment.”
Arianna Huffington
Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post

“A powerful journey…This book will help the world.”
Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group

“Everyone should read it.”
Michael Spence
Nobel Laureate in Economics

“Asks—and answers—the big, essential questions…
We should thank the authors for their audacity.”
Christine Lagarde
International Monetary Fund

“A much needed dose of perspective
in our increasingly short-term focused world.”
Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director, McKinsey

“Essential reading to navigate
the waves of innovation we face today.”
Garry Kasparov
13th World Chess Champion

“A call to action we all need to hear.”
Kumi Naidoo
International Executive Director, Greenpeace

“A remarkable feat of both
history and prophecy.

Larry Brilliant
past Executive Director,

“This fascinating book…should interest all
who care about the future of humanity.”
Lord Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal 

“An education and a great read in one.”
AC Grayling

“Outstanding insights for all those interested in the stresses of the modern world and how other ages have confronted them.”
Andrew Hamilton
President, NYU 

“A very important reminder to grasp the
opportunities in the many challenges we are facing today.”
Hans-Paul Bürkner
Chairman, Boston Consulting Group



“A refreshing change from the shallow analyses and sterile nostrums of the right and the left…an impressive and important book.”
Edmund Phelps
Nobel Laureate in Economics

“A hugely stimulating book…
Everyone should heed the authors’ call.”
Niall Ferguson
Harvard University

“A masterpiece.”
Vijay Govindarajan
NYT Best Selling Author

Age Of Discovery
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New York Times, Tom Friedman Op-Ed

“Best Business Books of 2016”

A “bold mega-analysis of global education, health, prosperity and technology…Incisive and rich.”

“A landmark new book.”
The Guardian

The Sunday Telegraph Best Books of the Week

“Far-sighted…Age of Discovery succeeds in convincing that this is an uncommonly interesting time to be alive, with unusual levels of promise–and peril. “
Times Higher Education Supplement

“A lively account of both
Renaissance and modern history…

Maybe someone should send Mr. Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought ­provoking tweets.”

Financial Times

“The reader is left deeply grateful for the abundance of information, insights, and counsel that is provided in this book…”
San Francisco Review of Books

“If you read only one thing…”

“Your book completely blows my mind.”
’Tell Me Everything’ with John Fugelsang on Sirius/XM

“A highly stimulating, indeed challenging book.”

A “Best Business Book of 2016”
Mitch Joel (Six Pixels)

“Urgent reading everywhere.”
Shanghai Review of Books

“A brilliant, ‘big-think’ read of serious scholarship and keen observation of our present moment. It is a prescient warning, a call to action to the better angels of our nature, and a map for a new age of discovery.” (full story…)

Age Of Discovery
Chinese edition


New Statesman

“This book will help the world.”

“Thought-provoking and stimulating.”
Irish Tech News

“Important. Powerful.”

“Age of Discovery is an immense contribution to rethinking our epoch.”

Cambridge Business Review

“Thought-provoking, big-picture take on our uncertain times.”
Nexus Magazine

“Edifying and thoroughly entertaining.”
Inside Higher Ed

“The best book I’ve read in the past 5 years…”

“Urgent and compelling.”

“Charts the birth of a brave new world…Impressive.”
Morning Star

Robert Covile praises
“scope and authority” of Age of Discovery
The Daily Telegraph

Italian edition of Age Of Discovery