Read an extract from Mark Stevenson's We Do Things Differently
What better time to look forward than at the start of a new year? In We Do Things Differently, futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find the amazing new models for education, healthcare and government, food production and energy supply - and makes some remarkable discoveries. Just the dose of optimism we need to start 2017.
The chapter entitled 'Running on Air' (extracted below) tells the story of how a man called Peter Dearman invented an engine that runs on liquid air (and antifreeze) and may just deliver refrigeration to the developing world, where nearly a third of all food produced is lost between harvest and distribution. And if that’s not enough, it also works for air conditioning and as a battery that never loses capacity and is completely non-toxic. Potentially an answer to how renewable energy can power the world.
Read 'Running On Air' below:
More about We Do Things Differently:
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England's home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.Populated by extraordinary characters, We Do Things Differently paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.
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