Welcome to the May 11th 2016 edition of Speaker Aficionado. In this edition:
- Men Say No Campaign: Diversifying Panels
- May 13 keynote in Brooklyn by bestselling Connectography Author, Geopolitical Commentator: Parag Khanna
- Event Audience Engagement tip
We’re pleased to announce:
- Recently passed 1,000 Twitter followers, so thanks: https://twitter.com/BKFuturist
- On LinkedIn, I’ve reached 500+ connections. Tell me if you’d like to join my network or be introduced to my connections. Strong representation within healthcare and insurance sectors, futurists, event professionals: https://www.linkedin.com/in/promenadespeakers
- My Brooklyn Futurist Meetup (a speaker series) has grown to 4,250 members, the third largest Futurist Meetup worldwide: http://www.meetup.com/BLKNY30/
- I’ll participate in a panel on affinity group community building at Propeller – May 20. Contact me ( ) if you’d like highly discounted or free admission to this innovation and entrepreneur’s festival in Hoboken: http://www.propellerfest.com/letspropel
- Successful bookings for multiple healthcare, insurance, hospitality, university, technology clients nationwide. This included 5 presenters for a visiting Australian business network.
Diversifying Panels: Men Say No Campaign
Read about a campaign to increase the presence of women on industry panels – particularly tech. It’s growing in several countries. Men invited to panels pledge to decline unless there is adequate demonstrated representation by women. Following are links to developments in several countries and a related article satirizing excuses made for the status quo:
Join us May 13 for a talk by Parag Khanna – Connectography Author
On the evening of May 13th, I’ll host a keynote by Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna. He’s the author of several books including the newly released, Connectography. We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. Mankind has a new maxim – Connectivity is destiny – and the most connected powers, and people, will win.
Connectography completes Parag Khanna’s trilogy on the future of world order.
In his speech, he guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea—all to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.
Yet Connectography is a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars, global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality, and frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.
About Connectography, which debuts April 19 and is on sale at our event and Amazon.com :
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. His previous books include The Second World and How to Run the World. He is also Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Get More Audience Participation
During Speech Q&As, there may be a hesitation at the start to pose questions. This may be due to the audience size, cultural issues, individual shyness or caution. One way to jump-start this process is to generate several questions in advance, seed them with event staff. Have the staff ask a few if you’re not otherwise seeing active audience participation. This often will do the trick.
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