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Jonathan Haidt

Professor of Ethical Leadership,
New York University’s Stern School of Business

Best-selling Author

This Is Not a Phase: How to live and lead in the post-Gutenberg era

Why does it seem that everything is going haywire? In this talk Jonathan Haidt will explain how cycles of history and technological change (the internet, followed by hyper-viral social media and now AI) has brought us to the end of a 500-year period––the Gutenberg era, based on print––and into a new era––the network era, based on instant and infinitely scalable networks. Haidt will show how the network era has harmed Gen Z (born 1996 and later), and then Haidt will show how it is undermining the assumptions and institutions of liberal democracy. Haidt will offer advice for raising children and running companies in the chaotic and fast-moving new era.

February 26, 2024

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

International Ballroom, JW Marriott

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Tom Madison

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