Joshua Cooper Ramo is Vice Chairman and Co-CEO of global advisory firm Kissinger Associates and a member of the boards of directors of Starbucks and FedEx. His clients include some of the largest companies and investors in the world. The author of two bestsellers, The Age of the Unthinkable and The Seventh Sense, he puts forth a radical model for thriving in a world of connectivity and uncertainty.
A Mandarin speaker who divides his time between Beijing and New York, Ramo has spent over a decade witnessing, firsthand, the remarkable rise of a superpower. He understands China in all of its dynamism and complexity. His papers on China's development, including "The Beijing Consensus" and "Brand China," have been widely distributed in China and abroad. The World Economic Forum called him “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars."
Ramo’s 2016 New York Times bestseller, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks, explores what all the successful figures of this age see and feel: the disruptive force of networks in trade, politics, DNA, finance, the internet, and more. He introduces a new way of seeing the world, one which is based on his years advising generals, CEOs, and politicians. “Ramo has written a book that combines historic sweep and incisive detail,” said Walter Isaacson. “The Seventh Sense is a concept every businessman, diplomat, or student should aspire to master.”
Trained as an economist, Ramo was a technology editor at TIME and the youngest foreign editor in the magazine's history. In addition to more than 20TIME cover stories, Fortune published "Globalism Goes Backward," Ramo's article on the need for companies and countries to adapt to the rise of the "inside economy."
In The Age of the Unthinkable, Ramo argues that economic and technological shifts have ushered in an era of unprecedented change and unintended consequences. Forbes called it “a poignant, informed and optimistic book,” and Newsweek described it as "a call to arms for smarter management of this increasingly complex world."
Ramo holds degrees from the University of Chicago and NYU. He has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a founder of the US‐China Young Leaders Forum. He was the China analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympic Games and has appeared on such programs as Meet the Press, Fareed Zakaria GPS, and Charlie Rose.
- Morning Joe: Ramo discusses "The Seventh Sense" and the 2016 election (2016)
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- Bloomberg interview: China the next 10 years
- Ramo talks his career and The Seventh Sense on Charlie Rose (2016)
- How Networks Change the Nature of Power (2016)
- Ramo on brands, global networks, and localism (2014)
- IBM THINK Forum: Ramo on the winners in "an era of epochal change" (2011)
- The Age of the Unthinkable (2010)
We are living in an era of transformation. Not since the fall of the Roman Empire, the Industrial Revolution, and the Enlightenment have so many institutions been in danger of toppling. But what are the roots of this change and who are the ones getting ahead of it?
Welcome to the Age of Networks.
In his speech Cultivating The Seventh Sense: An Essential Instinct for Success in an Age of Networks, Joshua Cooper Ramo finds the answer: when things are networked, they are fundamentally changed. From ISIS to the 2016 Election, Facebook to Airbnb to A.I., and the rise of China to fall of the middle class, Ramo draws a line connecting these seemingly disparate shifts and shows how their connection is changing the world. Those who see and understand these networks are thriving — an opportunity that is as terrifying as it is exciting — but with The Seventh Sense, you’ll be thinking at the speed of technology.Read More >
As Vice Chairman and Co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, Joshua Cooper Ramo has been witnessing firsthand the remarkable rise of a superpower for over a decade. What does the epic China growth story, in all of its great complexity, mean for you, your country, your organization? What are the challenges, risks, and opportunities? From the countryside to the boardrooms and the leadership in Beijing, Ramo presents an in-depth look at what’s really going on in China — politically, economically, militarily, culturally — and how to deal with it.Read More >
The Seventh Sense
Fortune: Globalism Goes Backward
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do...
TIME Cover Story: Obama's China Challenge
TIME Cover Story: Out of Work In America
No Visible Horizon: Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Sport
TIME Cover Story: The Five Virtues of Kofi Annan
We highly appreciate his great knowledge that he shared with our audience. We have received excellent feedback for his outstanding presentation. It was "mind-opening“, as one participant noted in his feedback, and a perfect closing of the conference. Participants highly appreciated his insights in power and networks in a larger sense.