Why are economic, social and political problems leaping ahead faster than governments can patch them up? This evolutionary thinker and futurist, whose unique expertise is to spot and explain emerging trends, shows you how you can use your brain to make a difference. She connects the dots between crime, oil prices, Wall Street, global warming, nuclear waste and childhood violence. In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell and Thomas Friedman, scholar Rebecca Costa reveals the four telltale patterns which paralyze innovative thinking, and with it, a civilization’s ability to solve complex problems. Using both historic and modern day examples, she describes what happens when complexity races ahead of the brain’s ability to manage it, the underlying reason why experts and governments can no longer fix global crisis and conflict. She turns a complicated web of public policies and human behaviors into inspiration for you.