Towards a Greener, Better World with Jeffrey Sachs: A New Mindset for a New Millenium

World-renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs believes humanity can leap forward with science and technology – but only if we drop our primeval addiction to war and conflict. We can create new vaccines in less than a year or measure water below ground using satellites in spaces, but political institutions are still locked in a 50,000-year-old "Us vs. Them" mindset that prevents global cooperation and advancement. With a broader, more inclusive worldview, Dr. Sachs says, we can create a more sustainable planet.

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Guest Bio

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). Sachs was twice named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.

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Columbia University: Center for Sustainable Development

Columbia University: Earth Institute

More information on the sustainable development goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

May 25th 1961 - John F. Kennedy speech

More readings on Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations

2021 People Around The World (PAWS) Conference

Where to buy: The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions

And Jeffs other books


Jeff Sachs Website

Find out more about his book club website or the more recent book club podcast

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