Exciting news came our way that Alec Ross‘ brilliant, highly-acclaimed book ‘The Industries of The Future’ has won a spot on the shortlist for Germany’s prestigious Wirtschaftsbuchpreises 2016! Handelsblatt announced the shortlist on August 11th. This illustrious prize recognises the best book in the business and economic categories.
As Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, Alec Ross travelled nearly a million miles to forty-one countries, the equivalent of two round-trips to the moon. In The Industries of the Future, Ross distils his observations on the forces that are changing our world.
In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what changes are coming in the next ten years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics, cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the coming impact of digital technology on money and markets.
“In a world growing more chaotic, Alec Ross is one of those very rare people who can see patterns in the chaos and guidance for the road forward. He has an unusual diversity of expertise that allows him to apply multiple lenses to the world’s challenges and dream up the kind of innovative solutions that are changing the world.”
—Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and author of The New Digital Age
“A riveting and mind-bending book. If you want to know how to survive and thrive in the fast-paced world of today and how to anticipate the opportunities of tomorrow’s information age as well as how to solve big mysteries, this is a good place to start.”
—New York Journal of Books
“A lucid and informed guide, even on the most technical issues.”
Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, recently took part in a Q&A conducted by American University’s School of International Service Online, centred around his thoughts on technology, censorship, and the private sector’s role in development.
Here are some highlights:
Increasing security risks facing global citizens:
“A government’s ability to survey its citizens poses a real threat in countries where political dissent is not tolerated and where human rights are not respected. Being connected means having access to the kind of information and functionality it takes to compete and succeed in our technology rich, knowledge-based economy. Unfortunately, this connectedness can also make people more vulnerable to the prying eyes of authoritarian governments.”
The private sector’s role in development:
“I think that development is being increasingly driven by the private sector—not so much by businesses developing socially responsible models of development (it is actually a tiny percentage who have these models in reality), but by government budgets being strained to the max. “
Ineffective Internet censorship efforts:
“It is getting more and more difficult to censor the Internet because of the powerful Internet freedom tools being developed by engineer activists around the world. When I was at the State Department, we probably spent $100 million to support the development of these tools and to train people how to use them effectively and safely. The kind of control freak mentality that censors have is ill suited to today’s world.”
For the full Q&A, click here.
For information on Alec’s speaking availability, please contact Alex Hickman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004
In a recent opinion piece for CNN, Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, shared his commentary on the potential future of Ukraine.
Alec points out that on February 19th a state of emergency took effect in Ukraine, and on that same day a $19 billion deal was struck with Jan Koum, the Whats-app founder of Ukrainian descent; this is the amount Ukraine needs to pay it’s short-term bond debt and gas bills.
Koum represents one example of a long tradition of entrepreneurial success for Ukraine emigres to U.S.. Indeed, Alec notes that he has “seen first-hand the potential and technological savvy of the Ukrainian people…[but] mired in corruption, kleptocracy and authoritarianism, Ukraine has not nurtured the Koums of its future.” He warns that if unrest continues to spread in the Crimea region then a new wave of emigration will emerge, which in turn could create an environment of opportunity.
With this in mind, the U.S. should recognise how vital immigrant entrepreneurs are to its future, and “remember that successful companies are not always founded by the immigrants with a master’s degree in hand.”
Click here to read the full article.
For information on Alec Ross’ speaking availability, please contact Alex Hickman, at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.
Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, began his new academic affiliation this month. He will be serving as a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
We wish him all the best with this new role from the Chartwell team!