Additional date now available In this talk, Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, goes inside some of the most effective organisations in the world, ranging from Google to Pixar, and reveals their secrets. He will not only explain what makes such groups tick, but also identify the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He will examine the verbal and physical cues that bring people together, and the specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust. This talk based on Dan’s groundbreaking new book The Culture Code is based on a simple insight- great groups don’t happen by chance. They are built according to three universal rules. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ‘A truly brilliant, mesmerizing read that demystifies the magic of great groups, The Culture Code blows all other books on the subject right out of the water. Read it immediately.’ Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals ‘If you want to understand how successful groups work – the signals they transmit, the language they speak, the cues that foster creativity – you won’t find a more essential guide than The Culture Code. This is a marvel of insight and practicality.’ Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit Read more.
In this talk based on her new book, The Great Economists , Linda Yueh will explain the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes, and how they could help us with the policy challenges that we face today. She will explore, for example, what do the ideas of Karl Marx tell us about the likely future for the Chinese economy? How do the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, who argued for government spending to create full employment, help us think about state intervention? And with globalisation in trouble, what can we learn about handling Brexit and Trumpism? Read more.
What do Pokémon Go and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein have in common? Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It’s an ability we all possess, and one that we can all learn to hone in order to succeed, at work and in our everyday lives. Here Leonard Mlodinow, whose own flexible thinking has taken him from physics professor to TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, takes us on a revelatory exploration of how elasticity works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates the organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. And he reveals how you can test your own brain power and increase your capacity for elastic thinking. By uncovering the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before. Read more.
The West’s centuries-old status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As the new powers – China and India from Asia and others from Africa and Latin America – rise to the top of the world’s pecking order, how should the West react? In this talk, Kishore Mahbubani will argue passionately and provocatively that if the West doesn’t change its ways , it’s toast as it can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large, and – paradoxically – that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term. He will examine the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider’s critical eye, and the shocking freshness of his geopolitical analysis will give all of us pause for thought. ‘Kishore Mahbubani might well be the most intelligent, friendly and doggedly persistent critic of the West. In this brief book, he delivers some of his trademark analysis and pungent observations. We should all think of it as the cold shower that is urgently needed to revive the West’ Fareed Zakaria, author of ‘The Post-American World‘ ‘Kishore Mahbubani offers a penetrating analysis of the West’s predicament. His optimistic view is a welcome antidote to so much prevailing wisdom. It deserves to be widely read and debated’ Lawrence H. Summers, former Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank Read more.
In this talk Jeremy Bailenson, the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will discuss how Virtual Reality technology will shape the future and how it can be used to hone our performance, improve our learning and communication abilities, and enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities. Join us to understand how our world will be changed with the introduction of Virtual Reality technology. Read more.