A great number of people have contributed to the making of this book, and I am grateful to all of them.

First, I thank John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of The Economist, for giving me time to write this book and for giving me permission to use articles that I have written for the magazine. I also thank Daniel Franklin and other editors and colleagues for their encouragement of this project.

Many of the themes, characters, and arguments found in this book were inspired by real-life conversations and debates that took place on the Ideas Economy stage ( This is a path-breaking series of innovation conferences and multi-media events started a few years ago by The Economist. I have had the privilege ...

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