Alec Ross in conversation with Matthew Barzun

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Louisville, KY 40204

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In the face of unprecedented global change, New York Times bestselling author Alec Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens, and business.

For 150 years, there has been a contract. Companies hold the power to shape our daily lives. The state holds the power to make them fall in line. And the people hold the power to choose their leaders. But now, this balance has shaken loose.

As the market consolidates, the lines between big business and the halls of Congress have become razor-thin. Private companies have become as powerful as countries. As Walter Isaacson said about Alec Ross’s first book, The Industries of the Future, “The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.”

Through interviews with the world’s most influential thinkers and stories of corporate activism and malfeasance, government failure and renewal, and innovative economic and political models, Ross proposes a new social contract—one that resets the equilibrium between corporations, the governing, and the governed.

 

Featured in Kirkus’s “150 Most Anticipated Fall Books” and Adam Grant’s “10 New Leadership Books to Wrap Up Summer and Kick Off Fall”

“An engaging, compelling, thought-provoking book, filled with astute analysis, but also with very clear recommendations about what we need to be doing going forward if we are to escape some of the many problems and traps that [Ross] outlines so effectively in The Raging 2020s…This is very much a global book...The way that [Ross connects] the pieces of this puzzle are very important.”
—Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Ross’s view...is from above, not the view of the people nor even the politicians…an immensely (and unusually) readable account.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Alec Ross fearlessly confronts one of the fundamental concerns of our time: fixing the broken social contract between people, business, and government. His book will challenge you to rethink some of your assumptions about democracy, capitalism, and globalization.”
Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“This book is special. At a time when uncertainty fills every conversation and our recent history has left so many vulnerable, The Raging 2020s doesn’t just add clarity, it offers direction. Alec leaves the reader with both understanding and hope in a way not many can, and he continues to show why he is one of the foremost thinkers of our time. This book helps set the direction our society should follow.”
Wes Moore, author, combat veteran, and social entrepreneur

“Alec Ross is a keen analyst and brilliant storyteller. The Raging 2020s introduces us to the people whose lives are blighted by unconscionable policies and concentrations of power, helping us understand and indeed share the rage that fuels many 21st century political movements. Best of all, Ross is willing to speak truth to power in recommending a set of bold but realistic solutions.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America Foundation, and Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

“A gripping, illuminating chronicle that provides a wonderful birds-eye view from the heights of government and international business, that solidifies Ross’s position among the most visionary of global thinkers on the future of technology and its implications, and that also is an amazingly enjoyable, page-turning read!”
General David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA and former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan

A provocative, well-made case for remaking the American way of doing business—and way of life.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This disquieting look is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the present moment.”
Publishers Weekly

 

Alec Ross is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. Author of New York Times bestselling The Industries of the Future, he is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Bologna Business School and a board partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm. He was a distinguished senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and advance America’s foreign policy interests. He began his career as a 6th-grade teacher in Baltimore.

 

 

Matthew Barzun has always been fascinated about how we can stand out and fit in at the same time. He helped countries do both when he served as US ambassador to the United Kingdom and to Sweden. He helped citizens do both as National Finance Chair for Barack Obama by pioneering new ways for people to have a stronger voice in politics. And he helped tech consumers do both as an entrepreneur when he helped build CNET Networks in the early 90’s. Barzun was raised on the East Coast, started his career on the West Coast, and settled in the middle in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Brooke, and their three children.

 

The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People - and the Fight for Our Future Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250770929
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 14th, 2021

In the face of unprecedented global change, New York Times bestselling author Alec Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens, and business in The Raging 2020s.


The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541042
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Published: Optimism Press - June 1st, 2021

“This book is a breakthrough. It’s beautifully written, perfectly timed and heralds a new way forward.


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“A provocative, well-made case for remaking the American way of doing business—and way of life.” —Kirkus Reviews