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This talk is about the unparalleled possibilities of now. In our lifetimes, the benefits of four centuries of technological and organizational change are at last reaching a previously excluded global majority. This transformation is creating large-scale opportunities in richer countries like the United States just as in poorer countries now in the ascent.
To capitalize upon the powerful momentum of global progress we need first to overcome outdated narratives of fear and persistent tendencies toward strategic myopia. Yes, humanity faces huge challenges like climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization. Yet each of these challenges presents opportunities. For this reason entrepreneurship is the key to realizing the full potential of the future.
Philip Auerswald is an Associate Professor at George Mason University, an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative, and the founding president of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the author of The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as numerous other books, reports, and research papers. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.