Barry Jones at Eltham Bookshop

What Is to Be Done is a long-awaited work from Barry Jones that faces head-on the most important issues of our time and the challenges of modernity. Focusing especially on politics, health, and our climate in the digital age, Barry Jones investigates the challenges faced by increasingly fragile democracies and public institutions. In the post-truth era, politicians invent 'facts' and ignore or deny the obvious, while business and the media are obsessed with marketing and consumption for the short term. What is To Be Done now asks each one of us to think deeply on matters of politics, human rights, social justice and our future in this country, in the world and in this universe.

Barry Jones was a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, led the campaign to abolish the death penalty, and became Australia’s longest-serving minister for science from 1983 to 1990. His books include Sleepers, Wake!, A Thinking Reed, Dictionary of World Biography, and The Shock of Recognition. He received a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest award, in 2014, and, at the age of 87, is a ‘living national treasure’.

What Is to Be Done

A follow-up to the author’s prescient bestseller, first published in 1982, that alerted the public to the likely impacts of information technologies and the emergence of a post-industrial society.

When Sleepers, Wake! was  released in Australia, it immediately became influential around the world: it was read by Deng Xiaoping and Bill Gates; was published in China, Japan, South Korea, and Sweden; and led to the author being the first Australian minister invited to address a G-7 summit meeting, held in Canada in 1985.

Now its author, the polymath and former politician Barry Jones, turns his…

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