Bina Venkataraman - The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age — in conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

For many people, success is measured by short-term gains; if this distracts us from planning for the future, that seems only human nature. But as Venkataraman argues in her groundbreaking book, such thinking is both shortsighted and wrong. Directing us to imagine the future rather than try to predict it, Venkataraman, a fellow at New America and director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, draws on her experience as former senior adviser for climate change innovation under Obama as well as on the expertise of engineers, evolutionary biologists, economists, and others, dispelling the myths keeping us from considering the long-term consequences of the everyday decisions we make. Venkataraman will be in conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America.


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Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780735219472
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - August 27th, 2019

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