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An impassioned defence of progress and innovation and an argument for social responsibility from engineer, businessman and former CEO of BP Lord John Browne

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John Browne trained as an engineer and was CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007. He is Chairman of the Crick Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society, past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former Chairman of Tate. He is a collector of antique books and art and the author of four previous titles, including The Glass Closet.


[A] significant and satisfactory volume. Here Browne is as public intellectual and national guidance counselor, bent on directing the country out of its current post-imperial innovative quagmire and towards the sunlit uplands of a high-technology utopia, and presenting the very best of what he believes tomorrow's world has to offer us all. He has decided here to delve into the minds of others who are themselves busily solving technical problems 'not even conceived of', and who thereby are maybe bettering the world. This book, an engaging and stimulating trek through their thinking, is the result. Worthy and intelligent * Spectator *
The public debate about technology has turned distinctly gloomy but here is the ex-boss of BP John Browne to cheer us up again about the promise of progress ... A much-needed antidote to pervasive pessimism -- Summer Reads * Financial Times *
John Browne makes a compelling argument about the power of technological progress and its ability to bring prosperity to the global community. He expertly backs this central argument with in-depth historical research, interviews and his own personal experience to provide a blueprint for future global progress underpinned by the spirit of innovation. It is also a long overdue tribute to the importance of the engineer in our society -- Lord Foster, architect
Lord Browne has written an ode to the ways in which engineering has improved human civilisation, from how we communicate, build, use energy and move to how we explore the universe. Make, Think, Imagine is a joy to read, with interesting historical insights and a vision of a better future -- John Hennessy, Chairman, Alphabet
This inspiring, ambitious book celebrates the contributions engineering has made to progress in the past, and explores thoughtfully the role it can play in shaping the future -- Professor Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge
Browne has written a timely book that connects his deep knowledge of business, culture, history and science. Make, Think, Imagine is a much-needed antidote to the drift and pessimism gripping advanced industrialised democracies -- Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times
Like the engineer he was trained to be, John Browne gathers wisdom from over a hundred innovators, weaves into it his own diverse experience and reveals a realistic and optimistic fabric of the future. We can get there and John tells us how -- Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer
A call to intelligent and sensitive action. John Browne's directory of a sustainable future gives us hope and the outlines of a roadmap to get there -- Antony Gormley, sculptor
Lord Browne has brought together the insights of some of the finest engineering minds on the planet in this elegant love poem to engineering across the ages ... A rattling good read -- Vivienne Parry OBE, writer and broadcaster
Make, Think, Imagine is a very thoughtful, deep journey through our fast-moving and fast-changing evolution, describing how engineering has and will continue to change the landscape of our civilisation -- Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wander the globe, looking behind the curtains of the world's greatest collections and achievements and discussing them with the people that created them? Browne takes us on a personal and technological tour de force of breathtaking expanse -- David Halpern, author of 'Inside the Nudge Unit' and CEO of the Behavioural Insights Team
John Browne always makes me think. He is ahead of the curve -- David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Government Foreign Secretary
Brave and fascinating -- Praise for 'The Glass Closet', Sir Richard Branson
Essential reading -- Praise for 'The Glass Closet', The Times

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