22 Ideas to Fix the World

Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers

480 pages

22 b/w photographs

September, 2013

ISBN: 9781479860982



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Piotr Dutkiewicz is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

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The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis still reverberate throughout the globe. Markets are down, unemployment is up, and nations from Greece to Ireland find their very infrastructure on the brink of collapse. There is also a crisis in the management of global affairs, with the institutions of global governance challenged as never before, accompanied by conflicts ranging from Syria, to Iran, to  Mali. Domestically, the bases for democratic legitimacy, social sustainability, and environmental adaptability are also changing. In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.
The book surveys issues relevant to the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Speaking from a variety of perspectives, including economic, social, developmental, and political, the discussions here increase our understanding of what’s wrong with the world and how to get it right. Interviewees explore topics like the Arab Spring, the influence of international financial organizations, the possibilities for the growth of democracy, the acceleration of global warming, and how to develop enforceable standards for market and social regulation. These inspiring exchanges from some of our most sophisticated thinkers on world policy are honest, brief, and easily understood, presenting thought-provoking ideas in a clear and accessible manner that cuts through the academic jargon that too often obscures more than it reveals. 22 Ideas to Fix the World is living history in the finest sense—a lasting chronicle of the state of the global community today. 
Interviews with: Zygmunt Bauman, Shimshon Bichler & Jonathan Nitzan, Craig Calhoun, Ha-Joon Chang, Fred Dallmayr, Mike Davis, Bob Deacon, Kemal Dervis, Jiemian Yang, Peter J. Katzenstein, Ivan Krastev, Will Kymlicka, Manuel F. Montes, José Antonio Ocampo, Vladimir Popov, Jospeh Stiglitz, Olzhas Suleimenov, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Immanuel Wallerstein, Paul Watson, Vladimir Yakunin, Muhammad Yunus


  • "The world can be a better place. And 22 well known individuals from Whale Wars star Paul Watson to World Banker Joseph Stiglitz give their take on what’s wrong with our societies in a new book called 22 Ideas To Fix The World . . . The book points out where to look and where to begin to contribute to the dialogue. Assuming no remedy is meaningless, 22 Ideas to Fix the World succeeds in its task."


  • "Dutkiewicz and Sakwa have edited a remarkable collection of interviews with preeminent 'thinkers' to answer the titular challenge . . . the contributors' expertise, depth, and accessibility are unimpeachable."

    Library Journal

  • "A forward-facing collection of interviews with today's foremost thinkers."

    UTNE Reader

  • "It's a fine book, full of smart, engaging, and provocative suggestions for instigating social change."

    The Feminist Wire

  • "All contributors show an in-depth understanding of the present and future outlook for global business, geopolitics, and environmental health, and the dynamics at work within each. Readers who seek intellectually rigorous assessments of where the international community is heading will find 22 Ideas to Fix the World to be a very rewarding read."

    The Futurist

  • "The role of government in solving or causing problems is a recurring focus in '22 Ideas to Fix the World,' an anthology of conversations with notable academics and activists, edited by political scientists Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa."

    —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post