Gore Discusses 'The Future' in Beverly Hills

Al Gore appears at the Saban Theater to talk about his new book about climate change, technology, politics and the media.

Former Vice President Al Gore discussed his new book Thursday at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Gore, who was the runner up in the controversial 2000 presidential election, presents his vision for dealing with the challenges of the years to come in The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

"Gore identifies his six drivers of global change including globalization; the digital revolution; military/political/economic power shifts; consumption increase/resource decrease; biotechnology, genomic, life science, medical developments; and radical ecosystem disruption," according to an event posting on LA.com.

KCET's Madeleine Brand moderated the discussion, which was presented by Writers Bloc, Neon Tommy reported. The event culminated with an audience Q&A session.

According to the USC student-run website:

Gore ... described how he got to the six drivers discussed in his book. He recollected that he started thinking of the drivers after he made a speech in Europe. Gore said he was "…always fascinated with the future." He was also captivated with the interconnectedness of all of the drivers. A phrase he used when discussing them was "emergent changes."

Late last month Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor headlined a similar Writers Bloc event at the Saban. Writers Bloc is a nonprofit that promotes literary awareness and connects the public with contemporary writers and thinkers, according to the organization's website.

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