Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah

Join us as Cornerstone Publisher Ben Brusey asks the authors to delve into the global impact of Covid-19, our understanding of which has so far been largely shaped by maps – from the spread of the disease and the level of testing, to the impact of our global response including pollution levels, a decline in travel and even the fact that the world is literally quieter. Ian and Rob will reveal some of their most fascinating learnings about how our world has changed this year, in ways big and small that have impacted us all.

We’ll be asking Ian and Rob about their fascinating, inspiring and visually dazzling book Terra Incognita, and in what ways the content can be brought up to date for future publications.

About the authors

Ian Goldin – @ian_goldiniangoldin.org, is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Previously Ian was economic advisor to President Mandela and then Vice President and Policy Head for the World Bank. He has been a keynote speaker at successive Davos and TED events and is the author of 22 books.

Robert Muggah is a globally recognised scholar and practitioner of political economy. He co-founded the Igarapé Institute - a leading think tank devoted to promoting safety and justice across Latin America, Africa and Asia. He has delivered several TED talks and is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum Davos summit.

  • Terra Incognita

  • 'Amazing. It would be my desert island choice' Martin Rees

    'Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics' Stephen Fry on EarthTime maps

    'An indispensable read' Arianna Huffington

    From the global impact of the Coronavirus to exploring the vast spread of the Australian bushfires, join authors Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah as they trace the ways in which our world has changed and the ways in which it will continue to change over the next hundred years.

    Map-making is an ancient impulse. From the moment homo sapiens learnt to communicate we have used them to make sense of our surroundings. But as Albert Einstein once said, 'you can't use old maps to explore a new world.' And now, when the world is changing faster than ever before, our old maps are no longer fit for purpose.

    Welcome to Terra Incognita. Based on decades of research, and combining mesmerising, state-of-the-art satellite maps with enlightening and passionately argued analysis, Ian and Robert chart humanity's impact on the planet, and the ways in which we can make a real impact to save it, and to thrive as a species.

    Learn about: fires in the arctic; the impact of sea level rise on cities around the world; the truth about immigration - and why fears in the West are a myth; the counter-intuitive future of population rise; the miracles of health and education that are waiting around the corner, and the reality about inequality, and how we end it. The book traces the paths of peoples, cities, wars, climates and technologies, all on a global scale. Full of facts that will confound you, inform you, and ultimately empower you, Terra Incognita guides readers to a new place of understanding, rather than to a physical location.

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