BOOKS | The Great Reset: How new ways of living and working drive post-crash prosperity, by Richard Florida (Harper: 2010).
Richard Florida's latest book is a breath of fresh air for anyone hoping that it turns out we do have the capacity to learn from our mistakes. It is a thoughtful and hopeful book that takes the currently unfolding crisis and views it as a starting point and trigger for great new things. His book is useful in inspiring our thinking about the future of our communities, of different types of jobs, and of the nature of work itself. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand where we are now and where we could possibly be headed in the future.
In Florida's latest book, he examines the most recent of the "Great Resets", moments of transformative upheavel like the depressions of the 1870s, 1930s and the one that is developing as we speak, "when new technologies and technological systems arise, when the economy is recast and society remade, and when the places where we live and work change to suit new needs". Florida shows how new technology and the new geographies of living and working come together to drive the rebuilding of the future. In Florida's view, peaks and valleys are part of the life cycle of any society as "obsolete and dysfunctional systems and practices [collapse and are replaced by] the seeds of innovation and invention, of creativity and entrepreneurship".
Author of this article: Steffie Verstappen