New York Times best-selling author Alec Ross joined the Detroit Economic Club on Feb. 16 for a lively discussion centered around his latest book, “The RAGING 2020s: Companies, Countries and People — and the Fight for Our Future,” with DEC President and CEO Steve Grigorian. Alec Ross currently works as a distinguished visiting professor at l’Universitá di Bologna Business School.
Through a series of interviews with globally influential thinkers and stories about the trials, triumphs and power dynamics between big business and governments, Ross’ book explores the power imbalance between corporations, governments and their people. He frames a new social contract for the world’s future, one that corrects the balance between these three entities.
At the end of the conversation, Ross answered questions from the audience.
Alec Ross Bio
Provided by Detroit Economic Club:
Alec Ross is a New York Times best-selling author and Distinguished Visiting Professor at l’Universitá di Bologna Business School. He is the author of the recently published The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People and the Fight for Our Future. His prior book The Industries of the Future has been translated into 24 languages and has been a best-seller on 5 continents.
He is a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm and sits on the board of directors for companies in the fields of technology, finance, manufacturing, human capital and cybersecurity.
He has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and as a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs.
His writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy. His academic writing has appeared as the journal cover articles in publications including the SAIS Review of International Affairs and the NATO Review.
During the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and bring innovative solutions to advance America’s foreign policy interests.
Alec served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
He co-founded and helped lead a technology-focused social enterprise and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.
Among recent recognitions:
- S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
- Oxford University Internet & Society Award
- Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine
- 2020 National Consumers Union, Massimiliano Dona Award
Alec started his career as a sixth-grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore.
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