Bestselling Author & New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist

Thomas L. Friedman

Speaking Session:

Thank You for Being Late

Wednesday, June 19 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Stage A

We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.

Thomas L. Friedman believes that to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics and community. Friedman will explore how we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations—if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics and community.

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Bestselling author and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman is known for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. 

In his latest bestseller, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Tom offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. He outlines one of the great opportunities for human society in the emerging AI future, as intelligent assistants use “artificial intelligence to enable the government, individual companies, and the nonprofit social sector to develop more sophisticated online and mobile platforms that can empower every worker to engage in lifelong learning on their own time, and to have their learning recognized and rewarded with advancement.”

His previous New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. Friedman’s other bestsellers include Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew AmericaLongitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism and The Lexus and the Olive Tree. He is a National Book Award-winner forFrom Beirut to Jerusalem.

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