Are we in a new Age of Discovery?

We recently held a gathering on Necker Island all about disrupting for good, a topic close to our hearts at Virgin Unite. I believe that the best way we can make a positive difference in the world is by working together to change the status quo and change business for good.

One of our guests was Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. Ian shared with us his thoughts on why right now is such a crucial moment in the world’s history. His theory is that the world is dividing and retreating, and there has never been a more important time for us to share our common humanity.

Together with Chris Kutarna, he has released a new book, Age of Discovery. It highlights the importance of collaboration and compassion to make progress, drawing on examples everywhere from Michelangelo to da Vinci and Gutenberg to Zuckerberg. I have always been fascinated by history and like to think I am always continuing the university education I never had every day. 

I’m an avid reader of articles on current world affairs (I heartily recommend the World Post on that front), and also love reading books that highlight our place in history, impact on the world and ability to affect it positively. We must not build walls, pull up the drawbridge and live in fear. This book will help the world courageously embrace the potential of collective intelligence and ensure we understand the lessons from the past and realise the opportunities ahead of us in this “New Renaissance”. 

How do you think our generation and the ones to come can define and create a lasting legacy that the world will still celebrate 500 years from now?

Head over to Amazon to buy the book online in the UK or internationally. Go to Virgin Unite to donate and find out more. 


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