Change: Adapt or Perish

Author/s: H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
1st Edition Year: 2020
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية
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Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi examines the myriad social, economic, technological and political changes currently taking place globally, exploring the extent to which these changes will redefine humanity’s role, function and position, even the very concept of human existence itself. Change, Adapt, or Perish explores change from an analytical perspective, while also bringing together ideas on how we can coexist with it, mitigating its negative aspects in order to leverage its positive effects.

While technology is the most prolific driver of change in modern societies, Change, Adapt, or Perish looks at a broader array of ways in which change is taking place. Education, IT, jobs, warfare and energy are all being transformed by the process of change, but so too is language. Prof. Jamal takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing the Arabic language and presents solutions for how it can be protected. The book also focuses on the impact that change has on some communities that are excluded from it, an important aspect of the conversation about the future of the Middle East.

By providing a conceptual framework to understand change, and the nuances of its impact on education, employment, communication, and the future of security, warfare and energy, Prof. Jamal also provides an important examination of the position of the UAE and the wider Arab world in relation to change, as well as a strategy to positively respond to it. The UAE has taken a proactive approach in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and while the implications of change are neither identical nor inevitable in all societies, Prof. Jamal reveals the inherent advantage industrialized communities will have in facing these implications. Traditional societies, such as those of the Arab world, may lack the education, skills and cultural adaptability to respond effectively to change, highlighting the importance of the proactive steps being taken by the UAE to not only confront the changes taking place, but actively leverage them to enhance the country.

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