Reviews

Google/Apple/Kindle/Kobo reviews on: “A plea to think differently in the digital world”

Review 1. Peter explains clearly why we all should ‘think differently’. He does this through presenting broad visions on a variety of subjects, ranging from overpopulation to ‘makeable humans’. The common theme running through the whole book is the impact of digitalization on our daily life.
The good news is, however, that it is not about computers or technical developments. His analyses give insight in how IT affects our institutions, like the nation state and businesses, floating from one opportunity to another, rather than remaining stuck in one country.
His concept of a “fluid society” plants a strong image of what may lay ahead of us. Essential food for thought, for politicians and society leaders as well as for those who elect these persons … 

Review 2. Digitization touches society in all its aspects. Everyone knows and realizes that. But Peter Hagedoorn shows in his reflections a number of insights that I had never thought about. I became convinced that through digitalization the world is really fundamentally changing. An intriguing book.

Review 3. I have just read Peter Hagedoorns book with mounting interest. Not often does one stumble on a study that explores in so many compelling ways the possible consequences and possibilities of digitalisation
for the world in the not too distant future.

Review 4. Peter’s first book caught my attention: a complex subject explained in an understandable and easy way. This ebook is a perfect successor with a number of new subjects. I’m glad it’s now available in English. An absolute must for people who want to understand the complex digital world.

Review 5. a thought-provoking compilation of fundamental challenges facing our society resulting from all-encompassing digitization. The author makes a compelling case for the need for new paradigms and approaches, very relevant, recommended!

Review 6. A great book to understand the world of tomorrow and make better choices both in your business and private life.

Review 7. In this book Peter raises many issues around digitalization of the world and the ways classical political leadership needs to change. I thought the book raised many legitimate questions and issues around the digitalization of society. The biggest shortcoming of the book is the lack of specific actions that should be taken by political leadership, however I’m sure Peter will address these in future books. I felt the book was especially strong in pointing out shortcomings of current classical political leadership. It did a great job raising my awareness in these areas.

Review 8. Peter Hagedoorn’s reflexions on the vast and penetrating effects of digital technology and the impact on society at large warrant compelling attention. It provides a broad overview and intriguing perspective on this recent digital technology and communication and hence its penetration in all walks of life. Very worth while reading.

Review 9. Interesting booklet about how digitalization effects our lives in almost every aspect and how digitalization can help solving many of the problems the world is currently facing. Food for thought, Recommended!

Review 10. Of course you can look in a crystal ball to discover the future, but I recommend to read this book. I think its much more realistic.

Reviews: “De vloeibare samenleving”

G.A.C.M. van der Heijden

recensie Bol.com

A reflection on the progressive digitization and globalization of the world. Description of the major changes that are currently taking place: the disruption in which “traditional” businesses are being replaced by online services and the threats and risks of these developments. The writer recognizes the need for a digital agenda at global and national level to make these developments manageable. He concludes with a preview of what our society could look like in 2117. Interesting for policy officers, politicians, organizational developers and economists.

https://www.bol.com/nl/f/de-vloeibare-samenleving/9200000074035329/


Rob Beijleveld, CEO ICT-Media

Published on 27 nov. 2018

Peter Hagedoorn was the first CIO of the year in 2005. He has had a long career with Shell, the government and VP and CIO with multinationals. Now he has written a beautiful book called “The Fluid Society”. In just a few decades, “the economy” and “society” have been digitized. Every citizen can know at any time what is happening (anywhere in the world) and is ‘online’ 24/7. All this has enormous effects on the way in which societies function. No longer is the physical world of everyday life (the baker, the farmer) the most important, but the digital world is actually the world in which more and more people are literally working and partly living. A digital layer is, as it were, over the classical world, which connects everything with everything and thereby also creates “short circuits” in the classical way of life. Peter always has a very good eye for new trends and what the impact is on business and society. What can we expect in the coming years? A nice conversation with Peter in the CIOTV Studio during CIODAY 2018. CIOTV is made possible by NIIT Technologies.

Link: https://youtu.be/CgWcXLenFqw


Marco Derksen

16 juli 2018

In just a few decades, “the economy” and “society” have been digitized. Every citizen can know at any time what is happening (anywhere in the world). All this has enormous effects on the way in which societies function. The physical world is no longer the most important thing, but the digital world is actually the world in which more and more people are literally working and partly living. A digital layer is placed, as it were, over the classical world, which connects everything with everything and thereby also creates “short circuits” in the classical way of life.

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Nico Jong

29 maart 2018

We are in the process of making a major shift from classical society to digital society. This transition is a phase transition. Peter Hagedoorn compares this in his book with the transition from ice (solid, structure) to water (liquid, fluid, mobile).

The problem is that administrators and policymakers think it will all find its place and they just can stick to the old structures. That can’t go well for long.

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Interview in CIO magazine

31 augustus 2017

Steer digitization in the right direction. A digital society comes into existence with a totally different character than the classical society that everyone knows. Globalization and digitalisation ensure that the “real” and “virtual” worlds come together. And that “new world” functions completely differently than the traditional society. This requires other structures and rules, argues Peter Hagedoorn in his book The Fluid Society.

https://futurouitgevers.nl/download/4950/

Interview BAAZ

29 juni 2017

The digitalization of society goes fast: everyone has an internet connection, robots take over work, automation leads to the dismissal of staff and we face cyber attacks almost every day. However, there is hardly any realization that digitalisation is turning the world order upside down. And this while the transition to the digital society is likely to become a more dramatic transition than that of the agricultural society into the industrial age.

http://www.baaz.nl/content/de-vloeibare-samenleving

Freija van Duijne

27 juli 2017

The cover of Pieter Hagedoorn’s book immediately caught my attention. The title was described in watered-down letters with watercolour. A literal conception of the concept of liquid or fluid.

The book provides an analysis of the transformation to a digital society. This analysis has been described more often, but Hagedoorn focuses explicitly on administrators of governments and international organizations.

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Hanneke Tinor-Centi

7 juni 2017

How fast are technological developments! We can now see what happens at any time of the day; nearby and far away. It is all just one click away from us. It can be guessed that this will have a huge effect on our society.

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