As I will explain in detail over the first four main chapters of this book, the High-Tech engine that continues to power the ascent of the world economy also necessarily impacts many otherwise-benign trends such as Capitalism, Industrialization, Population and even Religion. It is the cumulative effect of these sustained interactions that is in fact stirring up unintended consequences that we then observe as apparently-independent global crises. Escalating global crises are a side-effect of the immensely beneficial High-Tech on which we all now rely.
In the two chapters after those, I will show how – partly as a result of its continued central importance – High-Tech itself brings direct risks of crises to the economy. And I will explain how all these seemingly-separate crises are in turn strengthened and proliferated by Globalization – which opens camouflaged interconnections and which channels hidden complexity in ways that are completely unprecedented. In each of those first six chapters of the book I will reveal how various seemingly-distinct global crises all come from similar clashes of ‘unstoppable’ High-Tech against one or more ‘immovable’ components of the world economy. Even more importantly, I will also explain the specific approaches that each major sector must take in order to counter the threats that it particularly faces.
However, in the seventh and final chapter of the book I will show why ultimately all of these categories of global crisis need to be considered as one – why, if you like, this is one book and not six. The overriding reason is that the very best approach to avoiding all of the different kinds of crisis is remarkably similar across each of the six clusters. Whatever the specific primary causes of a given escalating threat of major destabilization – and whether that threat is to corporations, major institutions or governments – all of them need to realign their operations in ways that allow them to address head-on the root-causes of systemic backlashes.
Crucially, the basic path they need to follow to achieve that is common to all of them. Inevitably it takes them outside their conventional scope of activities. It also takes them outside their comfort zones. But for genuine leaders that has always been the case. And with this path there is the incentive that, as we near its end, we at last have a chance to emerge from the forest.