Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux

Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux

Tom Fletcher

Pub date
William Collins
A4 153x234mm
320 pages
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Book Overview

‘Original and thought provoking’ Gordon Brown

‘Challenging and hopeful: a groundbreaking guide to the future’ Valerie Amos

To thrive in the twenty-first century, we all need to understand the challenges coming our way. And start adapting, now.

We all know there are major, overlapping, global crises ahead of humanity: climate change, mass migration, new warfare, big tech, further pandemics, authoritarian capitalism. Rather than be daunted, this book charts a way that we can respond. With expertise from his work at the highest levels of international politics, education, activism and business, Tom Fletcher offers a practical manifesto that can help us transform the way we learn, live, and work together.

Amongst its key survival skills, this book offers ideas on how we renew education, restore society and reimagine the future. It helps us chart a course to take back control, to find purpose, and to become better ancestors. It helps us to learn the language of technology – without thinking like computers. It offers 39 steps that each of us can start to take today to boost our survivability.

Vital, practical and accessible, this is a book about how we can anticipate the threats and opportunities of tomorrow and be ready for them – individually and collectively.

About the author

Tom Fletcher CMG is Visiting Professor of International Relations at New York University, and the UK's former Ambassador to Lebanon. He advises the Global Business Coalition for Education and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, and chairs the International Advisory Board of the Creative Industries Federation. Tom is married to Dr Louise Fletcher, a psychologist, and they have two sons.


  • ‘Original and thought provoking: a manifesto for a better way of educating humanity’Gordon Brown ‘Challenging and hopeful: a groundbreaking guide to the future’Valerie Amos
  • ‘Survival forces one to avoid disaster by action, complacency lulls one to its inevitable outcome. This manual for humanity is a call to action for all of us. Read it, learn from it, act aggressively and uncompromisingly upon it, let it guide the rest of your life’s work. Maybe then hope can be rekindled. If you disagree then feel free to reflect in less than a decade on just how wrong you were, before the lights turn off’General Sir Graeme Lamb, former SAS Commander ‘A scintillating humanifesto for creativity in how we learn. Inspiration not just for parents and teachers, but all of us’Andria Zafirakou, Global Teacher of the Year 2018 and author of Those Who Can, Teach ‘Global education has found a champion. Future generations have found a spokesperson’Andreas Schleicher, OECD  ‘A magnificent book!  As we (anxiously) anticipate the rest of this century, Tom Fletcher presents us with a brilliantly-timed, incredibly important, gem of a book — over-flowing with wisdom and much hope too’ Zeid Ra’ad, UN Commissioner for Human Rights ‘An excellent handbook on how to coexist not just with each other, but with technology too’Mustafa Suleiman, Founder of Google DeepMind ‘The international community needed a call to action. This is a must read for the inventors, dreamers and pioneers of our future’Dubai Abulhoul, Young Arab of the Year 2016 and Founder of the Fiker Institute
  • ‘Tom’s pot pourri of insights and practical ideas gives us a pathway for the future we have yet to live, in a world that can be hard to navigate’Cathy Ashton, former EU Vice President and High Representative