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Thomas Friedman: A Field Guide to the 21st Century

In his most ambitious work to date, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration—and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell-phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads.

A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results. Today, it is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter), but harder than ever to be a leader or merely "average."

Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). Join Friedman for an engaging conversation on how we should think about and cope with all of these changes.


Cost: General Admission $35 nonmembers, $25 members, $15 students (with valid ID)
General Admission with a book: $55 nonmembers, $45 members 
Premium (includes priority seating and a copy of the book): $85 nonmembers, $75 members

Notes: Attendees subject to search; no large bags; photo by and copyright Greg Martin

December 6, 2016

Herbst Theatre, War Memorial
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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Thomas Friedman

Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World Is Flat, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations; Twitter @tomfriedman

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