“We have a manual for the strategy of conflict; my book is a manual for the strategy of connection — and not just in foreign policy. I see a world of networks, from terrorist and criminal networks to civic and business networks… Learning the ways of webcraft and managing networks strategically are essential for solving global crises and effectively getting things done.”
In The Chessboard & the Web, Anne-Marie Slaughter rethinks grand strategy and leadership for a networked world. Publishers Weekly called it a “paradigm-changing book.”
Who is connected, how they are connected, and whether those connections are properly cultivated and managed are vital to success in business and politics.
Using network science, Dr. Slaughter explains 10 basic principles for creating networks that work for various purposes, with examples drawn from foreign policy, business, civic activism, and education. She lays out the nature of power in networks and discusses the 5 components of network leadership.
Anne-Marie Slaughter was described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row. A former Princeton University foreign policy expert and top official at the U.S. State Department, Slaughter continues to develop cutting-edge solutions for domestic and global challenges, from cyber security to healthcare. The President and CEO of the public policy institute New America, Slaughter writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.
Serial entrepreneur and master of disruption Nancy Lublin has built and led some of the world’s most innovative and far-reaching nonprofits, including Dress for Success, DoSomething and Crisis Text Line.
Named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman has called Lublin “the entrepreneurial equivalent of Indiana Jones” for her tenacity, focus, and grit.
With a startup mentality and a passion for the greater good, Nancy has unlocked the positive potential of big data and given her organizations the explosive growth and success rarely seen in non-profits.
At just 23, Nancy launched Dress for Success, a now global nonprofit that has helped more than 850,000 women achieve economic independence. She then went on to reinvigorate DoSomething.org, turning it into one of the largest teen organizations in the world. In 2013, she launched Crisis Text Line, America's first, free, 24/7 text line that uses big data to find trends and prevent crises from happening. Now an international effort, Crisis Text Line has exchanged over 40 million texts.
Lublin sits on the Board of Directors at McGraw-Hill Education and Change.org, a for-profit petition and fundraising website focused on social and political change. Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.
Film and TV legend Alan Alda has always been a first-rate performer. You probably know him best as Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, or from his 11 years hosting PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers. His new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, is all about connecting and the lessons he learned from acting, improv, and storytelling.
Along with acting and directing, Alda is also an exceptional communicator, and he wants us all to learn how to communicate exceptionally – too. A visiting professor at and founder of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, his new company, Alda Communication Training (ACT), helps people communicate more effectively face-to-face and in writing.
The winner of numerous Emmys, Golden Globes and DGA Awards, Alda is the bestselling author of Never Have Your Dog Stuffed—And Other Things I've Learned, and Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. Alda sits on the scientific advisory board at The Future of Life Institute alongside Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, and is on the Board of Directors of the World Science Festival.