World Affairs Council of Charlotte



World Affairs Council of Charlotte - Speaker Series (January 24th, 2013)


Philip Auerswald 

Author of "The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy"



In "The Coming Prosperity", Philip E. Auerswald argues that it is time to overcome the outdated narratives of fear that dominate public discourse and to grasp the powerful momentum of progress. Acknowledging the gravity of today’s greatest global challenges-like climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization - Auerswald emphasizes that the choices we make today will determine the extent and reach of the coming prosperity.


To make the most of this epochal transition, he writes, the key is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs introduce new products and services, expand the range of global knowledge networks, and, most importantly, challenge established business interests, maintaining the vitality of mature capitalist economies and enhancing the viability of emerging ones. Auerswald frames narratives of inspiring entrepreneurs within the sweep of human history.


The book’s deft analysis of economic trends is enlivened by stories of entrepreneurs making an outsize difference in their communities and the world-people like Karim Khoja, who led the creation of the first mobile phone company in Afghanistan; Leila Janah, who is bringing digital-age opportunity to talented people trapped in refugee camps; and Victoria Hale, whose non-profit pharmaceutical company turned an orphan drug into a cure for black fever. Engagingly written and bracingly realistic about the prospects of our historical moment, The Coming Prosperity disarms the current narratives of fear and brings to light the vast new opportunities in the expanding global economy.


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Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Venue: Hilton Charlotte Center City - Directions  

Networking and Check-In: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   

Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.   

Cost: $35 (WACC members) / $ 45 (non-members) - Lunch included 

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World Affairs Council of Charlotte

UNC Charlotte - CHHS 227

9201 University City Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28223


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Philip Auerswald believes we're living in the most exciting period of human history. Over the next quarter century, three billion people will join the global economy - the most dramatic transformation in all civilization. While most thinkers today see the century ahead as a time of disasters and challenges, Phil sees it as a time of great opportunity. The real story of the 21st century isn't a dark story of scarcity. It's a thrilling adventure in prosperity and growth. It's the story of his book, The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy.


Phil sees opportunity where others see despair. His work in Beijing and in Seoul, watching men and women jump ahead centuries' worth of technological progress in a single generation, has filled him with hope for a dynamic and profitable age, in the U.S. as abroad. He speaks about the power of entrepreneurship and innovation, fueled by the growth of the world economy, to increase living standards around the world, open new technological horizons, and even address the problems of energy and environment that do lie ahead. It's an inspiring message that touches all of us, whether our focus is innovation, entrepreneurship, the economy, technology, or the future.


Philip Auerswald is an Economist at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. He co-founded and co-edits Innovations, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. He is an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a former lecturer and assistant director at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has served as a consultant to the National Academies of Science, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. His other books include Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability and Taking Technical Risk: How Innovators, Executives, and Investors Manage High-Tech Risks.