Parag Khanna is an Indian-American author and a fellow at the London School of Economics IDEAS institute, a centre for diplomacy and strategy. He is a senior member of the European council on Foreign Relations, and has been geopolitical advisor to the United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He argues that because the world of the future will be borderless and fragmented, we need a new form of “mega-diplomacy” which veers away from global governance institutions like the United Nations towards diplomatic processes which engage both state and non-state actors, from motivated technocrats and influential executives to activists and churchgoers.parag.khanna.com
Daron Acemoglu is Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-author of Why Nations Fail. He believes it is not geography or culture that affect a nation’s economic fate but man-made institutions that determine whether a country is rich or poor. And that’s why, he believes, China’s success story may be short lived.www.profilebooks.com
Henry Petroski is Professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University in North Carolina. He is also a prolific author and has written over a dozen books on failure analysis – with most recently, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. He argues that engineers should always design with the possibility of failure in mind, and be very aware of past failures. He believes when something fails or has failed it calls attention to important shortcomings and that if The Titanic hadn’t sunk, far more lives could have been lost in the future.Henry Petroski - Harvard University
Sixty Second Idea to Change the World
In our Sixty Second Idea to improve the World, one of our listeners, Neil Sjoberg, suggests introducing a compulsory new subject to study at school called 'learning to lose', which would also include a failure exam that children would have to pass. The idea is that kids should be taught that failure is frequent and normal, because only by admitting this do we ever achieve success.
In Next Week’s Programme: Revolutionary ways to tackle crime.
From one of the world’s leading criminologists and the best selling Swedish author of the Inspector Wallander novels, Henning Mankell.