Video: Dr. Martin On 21st Century Challenges

January 21, 2013

Longtime Bermuda resident  Dr. James Martin was in Oxford recently to deliver a lecture at the university on mankind’s urgent need to adapt to 21st century environmental and scientific developments, touching on issues as diverse as cities custom designed to survive climate change, the threat of technological (or “intelligent”) terrorism and the ongoing leisure revolution.

In celebration of 60 years since his matriculation to the University of Oxford, Dr. Martin presented a public lecture, “The Transformation of Humankind”, on November 13.

“What is going to happen in your lifetime will be incredible,” said Dr. Martin, who has been cited as Britain’s leading thinker about the future. He is an author; business leader; social entrepreneur in the fields of digital technology, education, and international development; and founder of the James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford. “The 21st century will be quite different than any other. We are in for a great transformation.”

The lecture addressed humanity’s need for extreme paradigm shifts in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We are almost totally unprepared for the diverse challenges ahead, says Dr Martin.

Since founding the Oxford Martin School in 2005, Dr. Martin has played an active role in its development. During this visit to Oxford, he also presented an illustrated public lecture, “War and Peace in the 21st Century”, on  November 21 at St John’s College.

The largest individual benefactor to the University of Oxford in its 900-year history, Dr. Martin has written more textbooks than any other living person – 105, many of which have been seminal in their field. He wrote “The Meaning of the 21st Century”, which was made into a major film, and is a Pulitzer nominee for his book “The Wired Society.”

Widely regarded as the leading visionary of the Information Age, Dr. Martin lives on Agar’s Island off Point Shares. In September, 2002, “Computerworld”, in its 25th anniversary issue, ranked Dr. Martin fourth among the 25 individuals who have most influenced the world of computer science.

Active in the Bermuda community, Dr. Martin addressed meetings of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and the Bermuda .NET User Group last year. He was recently the subject of British writer Andrew Croft’s book “The Change Agent” based on an extensive series of interviews the author conducted with Dr. Martin at his Agar’s Island home.

Dr. James Martin Oxford Lecture: “The Transformation Of Humankind”

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