It's easy, in the final throes of finishing a book, to think that the ideas and inspirations are your own. Standing on the Sun, it's obvious that, like Copernicus, we have relied on the data and ideas gathered by many others to find our models.

Standing on the Sun had an unusual origin. During the summer of 2008, before the financial collapse, three members of the Harvard Business Review Press editorial staff dropped in on Chris to discuss the trends that would be shaping business in the next few years. He'd been focused on building a new company, Monitor Talent, not spending time on these kinds of questions, and didn't have a ready answer. But he did have a point of view: that capitalism is an adaptive system whose environment ...

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