Philip Auerswald

We’re always skeptical about books with big predictions in the titles. Let’s hope this guy knows what he’s talking about.

Author Philip Auerswald will be in Louisville Tue., Feb. 5 to speak to the World Affairs Council about his new book, “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy.”

Auerswald, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. believes we’re living in the most exciting period of human history, according to a WAC news release.

He believes the integration of millions of new consumers from Brazil to China into the world economy will increase innovation while boosting living standards across the globe. Auerswald believes the cellphone/handheld device is the most powerful innovation driver on the planet, and he predicts it will have a global impact far beyond the Internet.

From the news release:

During 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.”

Auerswald is classic overachiever:

• economist at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation.

• co-founded and co-edits “Innovations,” a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.

• associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University

• former lecturer and assistant director at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

• consultant to the National Academies of Science, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Auerswald’s talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 at 620 S. Third St. Registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A networking and book signing session begins at 7:00 p.m.

Ticketws are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and you can buy tickets online here.

About The World Affairs Council: The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote international affairs to the region through its international visitor program and speaker events.