In forty years, Earth’s population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be?
Those answering these urgent questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups, “Wizards” and “Prophets,” says journalist-author Charles Mann. In his new work, this bestselling, award-winning writer (1491 and 1493) offers an incisive portrait of these two groups, and the little-known twentieth-century scientists who inspired them. The Wizards follow Norman Borlaug’s belief that the solution to our most pressing problems is continual innovation; William Vogt’s mantra, embraced by the Prophets, is that we must use fewer of the earth’s resources and cut back.
In this balanced, authoritative, non-polemical new work, Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints and assesses the four great challenges humanity faces in the coming decades—food, water, energy, climate change. Don’t miss hearing from Charles Mann in this unprecedented and important Innovation + Leadership event.
CHARLES C. MANN, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, as well as the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order.