As the technological and information revolutions continue to transform our lives, the world is moving towards a planetary society. The forces of globalization are creating greater interdependence between individuals, enterprises, communities and nations, leading to a culture that Peter Ellyard calls Planetism - the values of the spaceship culture - will he argues, shape the global market-place of the early 21st century. In this volume, Ellyard offers a vision for human prosperity in the next century. About 70 per cent of the job categories, products and services of our Planetist future have yet to be invented, and great opportunities exist for innovators with a vision for this future. He argues that the world needs more leaders - that is, people who have the vision and energy to direct change - and fewer managers - that is, people who simply react to change. Ellyard describes what these transformations in society will mean for leadership and management, for education and learning, for health and wellbeing, for industrial development, for food production and agriculture, for environmental management and for intercultural relations and understanding. We can do well economically, he argues, by doing good environmentally. In urging the creation of an ecologically, economically, socially and culturally sustainable Planetist society in the twenty-first century, Ellyard intends to provide a vision not only for our own future but for that of our children, our grandchildren and the generations to come.
As this century and this millennium draw to a close, there is a cause for reflection. The mistakes of the past are exposed. We're trying to clean up the unfinished business of the 20th century. With creativity and imagination Ellyard prods us to think the unthinkable. With persistence and hope he demands of us nothing but the best. For him it's simply a matter of planetary survival. --Elizabeth Dowdeswell, executive director, United Nations Environment Programme,1992-1998