China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society

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A groundbreaking look at a new social-political model on the rise

John and Doris Naisbitt, longtime China observers, provide an in-depth study of the fundamental changes in China's social, political, and economic life, and their impact on the West.

With extraordinary access, and using the same techniques behind John Naisbitt's international bestseller Megatrends, the Naisbitts have traveled the country, interviewing journalists, entrepreneurs, academics, politicians, artists, dissidents, and expatriates. With the help of twenty-eight staff members of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, they have monitored local newspapers in all of China's provinces to identify the evolving perspectives and deep forces underlying China's transformation. Their research reveals that China is not only undergoing fundamental changes but also creating an entirely new social and economic model—what the Naisbitts call a "vertical democracy"—that is changing the rules of global trade and challenging Western democracy as the only acceptable form of governing.

The Naisbitts have identified 8 pillars as the foundation and drivers of China's new society:

  • Emancipation of the Mind
  • Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up
  • Framing the Forest and Letting the Trees Grow
  • Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones
  • Artistic and Intellectual Ferment
  • Joining the World
  • Freedom and Fairness
  • From Olympic Medals to Nobel Prizes

Examining each of these 8 pillars in great detail, China's Megatrends describes the new China for the knowledgeable and the newly curious, offering fresh and provocative insights and lessons to be learned.

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John Naisbitt has been studying and visiting China for forty-two years, first in 1967, with more than one hundred visits since. A former professor at Nanjing University, he is currently a professor at both Nankai University and Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.



Doris Naisbitt began her visits and studies of China ten years ago, and since 2007 has been the director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin and a professor at Yunnan University. She is the former head of the Austrian publisher Signum Verlag, which she upgraded to become a major player in the German-language business book market. Doris lives in Vienna, Austria, and Tianjin, China.

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John Naisbitt is well known for his groundbreaking 1982 book, MEGATRENDS, which fairly accurately described how the new Information Age would change American culture. He and his wife have now set their sights on China and are predicting the nation's explosive growth if the Chinese can harness their intellectual and political energy. Narrator Lloyd James speaks with a seriousness of purpose although he lightens his tone with a soft lilt. James uses his voice appropriately for emphasis, and he pauses after main ideas to allow them to settle in the listener's mind before moving on. His presentation is interesting, but listeners should understand that this is a straight reading, without narration extras. R.I.G. AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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