You don't get to choose in a Gratton book. The choices are made for you. You're embraced at the door and yanked across the hall to meet a carefully selected cast of characters - the big corporate suits, placed strategically among various relatives, historical figures and surprise guests such as the cookery writers Elizabeth David and Julia Child, who both feature here.
The conversation is breathless, directed and assured because Gratton is so confident a host that anything less than blind obedience to her argument would seem impertinent. We're told without fear of contradiction that the world will be shaped by five forces in future: technology; globalisation; society; energy resources; demography and longevity (for those who wonder if the author has lost count, the last two are listed as a single force).
I wouldn't quibble too much with the place settings though, except to question whether society is a force. Surely, like the way we work, society is something that is shaped by various forces such as education, legislation, equality of opportunity and politics, to name a few. But five forces, six forces, who cares? - as long as those chosen have broad enough shoulders, and that seems to be the case here.