To thrive in the twenty-first century, we all need to understand the challenges coming our way. And start adapting, now.

About the Author

Tom is the Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford. He served as the foreign policy advisor to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron, before becoming British Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15) and a Visiting Professor at NYU (2015-20). Tom is the author of the bestselling Naked Diplomacy: Power & Statecraft in the Digital Age (2016) and Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux (Harper Collins, February 2022). Forthcoming publications include his first novel, The Ambassador (Canelo, August 2022).

He led reviews of the modernisation of the FCO (2016); the future of the UN (2017) and the future of learning (2019). He is a former chair of the international board of the UK's Creative Industries Federation, adviser to businesses, academies and NGOs, and a member of the Global Tech Panel. He writes for the NYT, Prospect, Foreign Policy, The National and others, is a regular interviewee on BBC, Sky, CNN and has been profiled by the BBC, Arab News and more. His Foundation for Opportunity supports good people doing good things in public life.

Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux

To thrive in the twenty-first century, we all need to understand the challenges coming our way. And start adapting, now.

There are major, overlapping, global crises ahead of humanity: climate change, mass migration, new warfare, big tech, further pandemics, authoritarian capitalism. Rather than be daunted, this book charts a way that we can respond. With expertise from his work at the highest levels of international politics, education, activism and business, Tom Fletcher offers a practical manifesto that can help us transform the way we learn, live and work together.

Among its key survival skills, this book offers ideas on how we renew education, restore society and reimagine the future. It helps us chart a course to take back control, find purpose, and become better ancestors. It helps us learn the language of technology – without thinking like computers. It offers 39 steps that each of us can start to take today to boost our survivability.

Vital, practical and accessible, this is a book about how we can anticipate the threats and opportunities of tomorrow and be ready for them – individually and collectively.


This manual for humanity is a call to action for all of us. Read it, learn from it, act aggressively and uncompromisingly upon it, let it guide the rest of your life’s work. Maybe then hope can be rekindled. If you disagree then feel free to reflect in less than a decade on just how wrong you were, before the lights turn off.

Sir Graeme Lamb

Former SAS Commander

A scintillating humanifesto for creativity in how we learn.

Andria Zafirakou

MBE, 2018 Global Teacher of the Year

Brilliant, an absolute must-read. A riveting, superbly written account of the world today, and tomorrow.

Matthew d’Ancona

While Fletcher structures his analysis around 10 skills, his hints, tips, advice, comments and things-you-and-I-can-do-today to bring about change are so frequent that I lost count. Not 10 ideas, not even 57, but countless ... A provocative and hugely thoughtful compendium of positive and realistic thinking to navigate an increasingly difficult world.

Gavin Esler

The National

Original and thought-provoking: a manifesto for a better way of educating humanity.

Gordon Brown

UN Global Education Envoy

Challenging and hopeful: a groundbreaking guide to the future.

Baroness Valerie Amos

Former Secretary of State and UN DSG

A magnificent book! As we (anxiously) anticipate the rest of this century, Tom Fletcher presents us with a brilliantly timed, incredibly important, gem of a book – overflowing with wisdom and much hope too.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al Hussein

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & CEO of the International Peace Institute

The international community needed a call to action. This is a must read for the inventors, dreamers and pioneers of our future.

Dubai Abulhoul

Author and Founder of Fiker Institute

A fascinating and inspiring analysis of how the world is changing and education needs to keep up.

Rachel Sylvester

The Times

Tom’s potpourri of insights and practical ideas gives us a pathway for the future we have yet to live, in a world that can be hard to navigate.

Baroness Catherine Ashton

First Vice-President of the European Commission

Global education has found a champion. Future generations have found a spokesperson.

Andreas Schleicher

OECD Director for Education and Skills

An excellent handbook on how to coexist not just with each other, but with technology too.

Mustafa Suleyman

CBE, Founder, Google DeepMind



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