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Thriving in 2017’s Accelerating World (Fully booked)

Thomas Friedman
Friday, 23 Jun 2017
Reception at 5.30 pm; Talk at 6.00 pm
Suite 511, 5/F Hutchison House, Central
Please note the earlier time and venue. This talk requires pre-booking.

The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome three-time Pulitzer Prize award-winning author Thomas Friedman, to speak on “Thriving in 2017’s Accelerating World”.  In this talk, Mr. Friedman discusses the planet’s three largest forces for change, globalisation, technological advancements and climate change.  He also discusses how people should live in the 21st-century, a time seeing accelerating changes every day.



Mr. Friedman has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas, researching how to thrive in today’s time and age, having met with those who shape the modern world, including engineers, politicians and social innovators.  He explores how the lifestyle of contemporary society impacts people from all over the world, including the rich and poor and the good and bad.  He also discusses the dramatic changes associated with climate change and how that is exacerbated by the 21st century conditions of today.  His ideas are complex and intricate, and he dissects how our world impacts modern geopolitics, markets, ethics and more.

While exploring how the accelerating 21st century works, Mr. Friedman discusses how to excel and lead in contemporary society.  He examines the ease with which people today can be “a maker or breaker” but the difficulty with which they have with leadership.  He argues that in order to thrive, nations and individuals must be innovative, genuine, fair and reflective.

Thomas Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize award winner.  He is an internationally renowned author, journalist and reporter.  Mr. Friedman holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M. Phil from the University of Oxford.  He is a bi-weekly columnist for the New York Times. He is best known for his works The World is Flat, which won the first Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and From Beirut to Jerusalem.

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$300 for guests and others.        



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