Thomas Friedman on Thriving in the Age of Acceleration

Posted By on August 30, 2017

He has been called ‘the most influential columnist in America’, and is read by everyone from small-business owners to President Obama. As a star columnist of The New York Times, Thomas Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times.

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Although he has been dubbed ‘the high priest of globalisation’, Friedman is well aware that it is the tensions created by globalisation which have paved the way for the election of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, when he comes to the Intelligence Squared stage, Friedman will argue that contrary to Trump’s promises of walls and tariffs, it is openness to trade and ideas that will allow us all to thrive amid the rapid, startling changes sweeping through the world.

In this video, Friedman offers his guide to updating our lives and institutions for the accelerating changes of the 21st century. For example:

We need to innovate not just technologically, but politically:

  • Moral leadership in a complex world is becoming ever more essential
  • Political leaders should be accelerating local start-ups in both the economic sector and the social sector, to build resilient and prospering citizens
  • The ideal skill set for the jobs of the future is ‘stempathy’: science, technology, maths — and empathy

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