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In Dialogue with Jeffrey D. Sachs




The Office of the President of Georgetown University and the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative welcome you to a virtual book presentation and discussion with Jeffrey D. Sachs.  Please join Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia and GGCI Faculty Director, Uwe S. Brandes for an interactive discussion where Sachs will discuss the themes of his most recent book, "The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions". 


About Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. 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 Director 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 including his his most recent book, "The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions" (Columbia University Press, 2020) which can be found here.  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.

About the Book

Today’s most urgent problems are fundamentally global. They require nothing less than concerted, planetwide action if we are to secure a long-term future. But humanity’s story has always been on a global scale. In this book, Jeffrey D. Sachs turns to world history to shed light on how we can meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.

Sachs takes readers through a series of seven distinct waves of technological and institutional change, starting with the original settling of the planet by early modern humans through long-distance migration and ending with reflections on today’s globalization. The dynamics of these past waves, Sachs demonstrates, offer fresh perspective on the ongoing processes taking place in our own time—a globalization based on digital technologies. Sachs emphasizes the need for new methods of international governance and cooperation to prevent conflicts and to achieve economic, social, and environmental objectives aligned with sustainable development. The Ages of Globalization is a vital book for all readers aiming to make sense of our rapidly changing world.


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