Thursday, Dec 03, 2020 6:00p -
ONLINE via Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Boston Public Library and the GBH Forum Network present this virtual program in The Arc of History: Contested Perspectives (https://forum-network.org/series/history-talks-boston-public-library/
) series featuring BPL President David Leonard (https://www.bpl.org/content/leonard-david/
), who will moderate this program. The event organizers kindly ask that people who are interested in attending register at the following link: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/9816051974746/WN_oCx7JF4IR3ubi0ySjLb5FA
The brilliant creator of NPR's Planet Money podcast and award-winning New Yorker staff writer explains our current economy: laying out its internal logic and revealing the transformative hope it offers for millions of people to thrive as they never have before.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the middle class is not dying and robots are not stealing our jobs. In fact, writes Adam Davidson--one of our leading public voices on economic issues--the twenty-first-century economic paradigm offers new ways of making money, fresh paths toward professional fulfillment, and unprecedented opportunities for curious, ambitious individuals to combine the things they love with their careers. Drawing on the stories of average people doing exactly this--an accountant overturning his industry, a sweatshop owner's daughter fighting for better working conditions, an Amish craftsman meeting the technological needs of Amish farmers--as well as the latest academic research, Davidson shows us how the twentieth-century economy of scale has given way in this century to an economy of passion. He makes clear, too, that though the adjustment has brought measures of dislocation, confusion, and even panic, these are most often the result of a lack of understanding.
The Passion Economy delineates the ground rules of the new economy, and armed with these, we begin to see how we can succeed in it according to its own terms--intimacy, insight, attention, automation, and, of course, passion. An indispensable road map and a refreshingly optimistic take on our economic future.
“Exuberant. . . With his distinctive voice Davidson winningly blends case studies of fervent, enthusiastic believers –creators of amazing ice cream, expensive pencils, menswear –with a set of counterintuitive rules so that work lives and our deepest passions can merge to make people better off financially, and personally.”—National Book Review
“The Passion Economy is exactly what everyone needs today: examples of how to thrive in an economy that can seem overwhelming, and crystal-clear explanations of how to succeed. The book is an enormously fun, exciting adventure story that takes us from the wineries of Napa to the laboratories of Google to far-off chocolate makers. This is the book about how to live (and work) a more passionate life.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
To purchase signed copies of The Passion Economy, please visit Trident Booksellers & Cafe by using this link to their website (https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/event/bpl-event-author-adam-davidson-passion-economy
) and the and the free shipping (media mail only) coupon code BPLSHIP, which can be applied under the "Coupon discount" field on the order form used during checkout.
ADAM DAVIDSON is the CEO of Three Uncanny Four, a podcast production company, cofounder of NPR's Planet Money podcast, and a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he covers economics and business. Previously he was an economics writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has won many of journalism's most prestigious awards, including a Peabody for his coverage of the financial crisis. Find him on Twitter @adamdavidson (https://twitter.com/adamdavidson
Part of the Boston Public Library’s mission is to support lifelong learning, education and civic engagement that is “Free to All” including programs that bring figures and experts of note into conversation and dialogue. Arc of History: Contested Perspectives is a mini-series informed by historical moments and movements, recent and long past.