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The IVY Podcast

Dec 23, 2020

Join us with world-renowned author, entrepreneur, and 5-time CEO Margaret Heffernan for a thought-provoking conversation on how leaders can best navigate and shape our uncertain future.

We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Tomorrow remains uncharted territory, but Heffernan will enable us to learn how we can forge ahead with agility.

Drawing on a wide array of people and places, our conversation will trace long-term projects that shrewdly evolved over generations to meet the unpredictable challenges of every new age. Heffernan will also share radical exercises and experiments that redefined standard practices by embracing different perspectives and testing fresh approaches. We’ll see how preparing to confront a variable future provides the antidote to passivity and prediction.

Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this important conversation will challenge us to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.

Heffernan's book Willful Blindness was named one of most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. Following her career as the CEO of several multimedia companies, Heffernan has become one of the most influential thought leaders on organizational psychology and leadership topics working today, her TED talks having been seen by more than nine million people.