Joel Garreau is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies - and What It Means to Be Human, published in 2005 by Doubleday. Joel burst onto the culture and values scene with the 1981 publication of The Nine Nations of North America, a book that described how the continent was behaving not so much like 50 states and three countries, but nine separate and powerful civilizations or economies that paid scant attention to political boundaries in the course of forging their own destiny.
Ten years later, Joel focused on who we are through the prism of the modern metropolis we are building in Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. In what was termed groundbreaking work by The New York Times, Joel pointed out that we are building the biggest change in 150 years on how we live, work, play, pray, shop, and die. Joel is a reporter and editor at The Washington Post and principal of The Garreau Group, the network of his best sources committed to understanding who we are, how we got that way, and where we're headed, worldwide. He has served as a senior fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and George Mason University, and is a member of Global Business Network, the pioneering scenario-planning organization.