The Seventh Sense
This is that book. A great book, and a useful one. The Seventh Sense is a concept every businessman, diplomat, or student should aspire to master -- a powerful idea, backed by stories and figures that will be impossible to forget. Ramo's fascinating work serves a critical public purpose.
The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks
For policy wonks with an eye toward the middle term, Ramo provides a good effort to make sense of it all. Ramo surveys this new world of interconnected networks in penetrating detail with deep knowledge of current global geopolitics and human history. He is co-chief executive officer and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates and a member of the board of directors of FedEx and Starbucks.
His first book, No Visible Horizon, chronicled his experiences as a competitive aerobatic pilot. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? An unfixable global economy. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? The Seventh Sense is the story of what all of today's successful figures see and feel: The secret to power now is understanding our new age of networks.
Not merely the Internet, but also webs of trade, finance, and even DNA. Based on his years of advising generals, CEOs, and politicians, Ramo takes us into the opaque heart of our world's rapidly connected systems and teaches us what the losers are not yet seeing--and what the victors of this age already know. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. The Age of the Unthinkable: The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The first chapter was interesting and had the promise of discussing more insightful ideas later on in the book, but from there on it had little substance, basically long on rhetoric and short on logic. The author presented himself as knowing so much about everything, but in the end I walked away with very little new knowledge and insights. This book sucked beyond belief! The whole book could have been written as a single page, but better yet it would have better if it wasn't written at all!
He keeps on repeating the same stuff and recycling and reminding again. His thoughts are unimaginative, and extremely poorly thought out, not to mention the stupid zen things he first talks about. After reading the whole, you're left wondering why you read the book at all, seeing as though you didn't really gain much from it. If you have bought this book already and can't return it or something, just read the 8th section of chapter 8 where he poorly explains this "mysterious" seventh sense of his which is mostly BS.
Do not buy this book. I'll be generous and say it could have been condensed into 30 pages but really, as some on here said, it could have been 5 pages. I just can't figure out why it got any good reviews. He makes a few good points which are actually obvious if you think about it. Mostly he just pontificates for pages.
I would never buy another book from this author. It's waste of your money. What makes this rather common theme difficult to stomach is that the author presents these ideas as though he just grasped a previously unrecognized truth rather than a rather mainstream thesis.
I just couldn't bring myself to continue. May 16, Bing Gordon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Zen and the Art of Network Understanding Josh Ramo writes like a poet, thinks like a grand strategist, and lives in the now like a zen master.
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He integrates history, technology, business and biography in a most original manner. I wish that policy-makers could understand this, and that business leaders would live by it. May 23, Matt Papes rated it liked it. I was fascinated and bought it. Here is the snippet that led me to do so: The thesis is we live in the age of Networks. His key insight is that the Seventh Sense is the ability to look at any object and see the way in which it is changed by connection.
It is hard for me to articulate how paradigm-shifting this notion is. As one reviewer put it on Amazon: Newspapers may not be doomed; they are just misunderstood by their custodians. Government is not, as Silicon Valley bros might tell us, irrelevant. It is of great importance, but only if it understands what its role must be in an age of dense connection. ISIS can be defeated, but only if you understand that its power consists of what cannot be bombed. With more and more objects every day becoming part of networks, the world becomes new and full of possibilities.
As translator programs develop We will someday have a platform like FB or Google or Bing that translates words instantly into the language of the person you are speaking to. We will essentially be able to speak dozens of languages! Our houses when thought of as part of a network become Airbnb vacation destinations. Not every page is an "aha" moment and it gets a little ponderous in places. But there is a lot to be learned from reading this insightful book. Aug 30, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was written for someone near the levers of power and that is not me.
The people close to the power are a problem a few thousand people who have the IT skill to form an internet company and set up platforms that will shape the geopolitical landscape. This book is titled the seventh sense which a play on Nietzsche's six sense which is that of history.
The seventh sense is the sense for navigating the networked world we live in now. Understanding the vulnerabilities and opportunities prov This book was written for someone near the levers of power and that is not me. Understanding the vulnerabilities and opportunities provided by a networked world. According to the author, this is as big a change as the enlightenment from the medieval period. It will create and destroy empires. The author gives a great picture but as you may guess it is a grand strategy for elites, not us.
Update June 14th, The emerging networked world gives individuals extraordinary power but it gives Gatekeepers of networks IT specialists, Social media companies, Hackers much more power. The networks we glide through so seamlessly is opaque in the algorithms which service providers use to guide us along.
They must keep much of it secret to prevent hacks but by owning the platform for the networks gives them and hackers who wish to disrupt a knowledge and a power that not only greatly affects our lives but one that we are often unaware of when it is wielded. This world will make a new elite Caste is in the making that will shake old empires and old hierarchies and comfortable sureties will come tumbling down and there is great foreboding on where this is all heading. View all 3 comments. Jun 16, Jeff Wilsbacher rated it it was amazing.
I follow technology trends but to percieve power as moving from hierarchies to networks is a very big shift. This book made me grow paths in my brain. Mar 05, Terralynn Forsyth rated it really liked it Shelves: Masterful summary that incorporates system thinking and a historical sweep of the development and implications of connectivity--from the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment to the age of information of today.
Ramo draws two main conclusions: I'd recommend the bo Masterful summary that incorporates system thinking and a historical sweep of the development and implications of connectivity--from the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment to the age of information of today. I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in the political implications of the hyper-connected age ahead.
As technological progress accelerates, the next wave of AI, IoT and access to data will require their users to know how to confront unprecedented dangers that come along with them. The book can be a bit abstract and state more than obvious points, but its application to business, policy, foreign affairs, economic concepts, and philosophical thought is both relevant and valuable. Apr 08, Eddy J. Schuermans rated it really liked it.
A great story about the shift of power, from central feudal systems to the enlightenment; a revolution that made us citizens and not objects. This threatening evolution is very well elaborated in the book. Also the author indicates how to make the best of this revolution i. This is compelling, but the author remains very vague on how to achieve this, apart from the observation that we have to develop a "seventh sense" for the new reality.
Notwithstanding for me a clear well documented wake-up call worth reading and applying. Aug 21, Daniel rated it really liked it. This book described our age in which the Power of Networks is going to be all around us. A network is more than the sum of its individuals and behaves rather differently from each individual. So the internet and all the popular apps on it embrace the power of networks and they are increasingly becoming a winner-take-all marketplace. The most popular ones have the most data and therefore their AI would be better and that causes more people to use them.
So everyone is on facebook and uses Google for searches. The connected system also leads to easy hacking by malign forces, and terrorists use networks to spread their extremist ideology. Just bombing some villages in Afghanistan is not going to do anything to the network, but rather paradoxically increase their power. So we need to develop the seventh sense, that is the understanding of networks. Unfortunately Ramo did not really show us how other than to develop gates to limit the access of the network. I guess this book is a call to arms for us to start thinking about stuff the network way.
Apr 24, Aneil rated it really liked it. Eminently Sensible and Prophetic This should be required reading for policy makers, business school professors, and any one interested in how networks will increasing shape our thinking, feeling, and acting. Jul 05, Bilal rated it really liked it. More later, quick note: Read the first half, the second half get's a bit into the weeds of technological concepts which, for me, were less of a surprise. Sep 10, Sambasivan rated it really liked it. This is a book on the growing indispensability of networks and how you need to align yourself to survive.
Highly original ideas on gatekeeping and a pioneering effort. Nov 20, YHC rated it really liked it. This book is relative new and contains a lot of information about the developing technologies.
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The author has a good insight to arrange the whole historical events that changed the world into a sharp perspectives. Besides there are quite a lot of knowledge about internet and hackers. He has a wider vision to combine the existing western viewpoints, plus emerging eastern programming generations. For the futu This book is relative new and contains a lot of information about the developing technologies.
For the future, the author believes that belongs to those who are capable to compress time and space with the help of internet connection. He is worried about the future is in the hands of new generation of programmers and they have very different way to view this world and the gaps have been built between the ruling class and coders. We could only wish the positive result with the coming AI and robots, plus the internet power is new type of war.
Very interesting and informative book that i have learned something new. Jul 21, Carl Rannaberg rated it really liked it. This book describes the accelerating nature of networks which technology has enabled throughout the history - from ancient marketplaces to transport to telegram to internet. Network dynamics have reversed the law of diminishing returns in economics where maturing market washes away the margins of the businesses competing in the market. This trend has made possible for companies to benefit greatly where bigger networks give bigger rewards to the gatekeepers of these networks.
Other books have name This book describes the accelerating nature of networks which technology has enabled throughout the history - from ancient marketplaces to transport to telegram to internet. Other books have named these networks matchmakers, platforms, marketplaces and so on. Most obvious examples of these gatekeepers are giant internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Uber etc. The success of these companies can be explained with their obsession to increase the size of the networks relentlessly and accelerate or shorten the connections between the participants in the network.
For example Mark Zuckerberg's ambition to connect all of humanity or Larry Page's obsession with the speed and relevancy of Google search results. Also Jeff Bezo's quest to shorten the shipping times of items to the extremes of hours where people are opting to ordering from Amazon instead of going to nearby retail store. Like a lot of technology related books these days this book also concluded with an overview of artificial intelligence's possibilities and dangers which has the potential to kick these network dynamics into overdrive.
Author calls this understanding and intuition to thrive in this environment "seventh sense". And to be honest I wouldn't trust someone with the power to lead a country or a company that doesn't have this "seventh sense". Oct 09, Edward rated it really liked it Shelves: This book gives me a refreshing perspective in looking at this world and all the new development that is happening. Some of the events that are unfolding in today's world are unnerving and very frequently surprising.
The author, Joshua Cooper Ramo, whom I found intelligent and knowledgeable, thinks that a lot of these surprising developments are because of networks. He says that we are entering the Age of the Great Connection, having profound impact to society and causing the shift of power in t This book gives me a refreshing perspective in looking at this world and all the new development that is happening. He says that we are entering the Age of the Great Connection, having profound impact to society and causing the shift of power in the same order of magnitude as the previous major shifts and revolutions in human history, like the Agrarian Revolution, The Enlightenment, The Scientific Discovery and Industrial Revolution.
There are many big ideas and concepts from this book. One of the key ideas is that because of network and fast connection that has been put in place, time is getting more and more compressed, in the same effect as space was compressed during the Industrial Revolution. With all objects connected, things become more complex as opposed to complicated in that they are much harder to predict. There will be dramatic shifts of power and many rules from the previous age will not apply. As we can see in recent developments, in politics, in global affairs, in business and technology, with network, small forces can make a big impact and often catch people by surprise.
The title of the book, "The Seventh Sense", refers to the ability of a certain group of people, a new caste as referred by the author joining the merchants, soldiers and sages in the previous age , to look at things, situations and problems with the network and instant connection sensibility. These are the people who will win in this new era. While this book mainly focuses mostly about global political issues, we can also apply these learnings and insights at an individual level. Feb 18, Lindy rated it really liked it. This is a deeply thought provoking book.
I am grateful we were reading it slowly with a group to discuss the ideas presented. New, yet, strangely familiar. Jun 16, Randy rated it liked it Shelves: I didn't think I'd like this book. I mean come on, I need to develop a "Seventh Sense" to have an intuitive feel for the difference between hierarchical systems and network systems?
Well, OK, I liked the history lesson about how people who "didn't get it" are always being overrun by people who do, and I was getting ready to tell you, wow, this is why some old people seem so lost in our age of always on, always connected. Ramo jumps all the sharks at once while riding a shark th I didn't think I'd like this book.
Ramo jumps all the sharks at once while riding a shark that is chewing on a polar bear by using the phrase "Map-Reduce" to describe the way fast transportation and global communications has "reduced the map". This is absolutely pure irony because it almost single handedly proves that he is in the group that "doesn't get it". It's OK to describe the reduction of importance of distance, but this has nothing to do with what anyone who actually has an intuition about networks thinks when you say map-reduce.