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The Ivy is delighted to welcome Alec Ross for a reading and conversation about his new book The Raging 2020's: Companies, Countries, People, and the Fight for Our Future. Alec will be in conversation with The Ivy's owner, Emma Snyder. This event will take place in-person on our back patio.
In the face of unprecedented global change, New York Times bestselling author Alec Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens, and business in The Raging 2020s. For 150 years, there has been a contract. Companies hold the power to shape our daily lives. The state holds the power to make them fall in line. And the people hold the power to choose their leaders. But now, this balance has shaken loose.
As the market consolidates, the lines between big business and the halls of Congress have become razor-thin. Private companies have become as powerful as countries. As Walter Isaacson said about Alec Ross’s first book, The Industries of the Future, “The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.”
Through interviews with the world’s most influential thinkers and stories of corporate activism and malfeasance, government failure and renewal, and innovative economic and political models, Ross proposes a new social contract—one that resets the equilibrium between corporations, the governing, and the governed.
Alec Ross is a New York Times best-selling author and a Distinguished Professor at l’Universitá di Bologna who lives in Baltimore and Bologna, Italy. His book The Raging 2020s is about the collision that has taken place at the intersection of government, business and citizens. His prior book The Industries of the Future was a translated into 24 languages and a best-seller on 5 continents.
He is a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm and sits on the board of directors for companies in the fields of technology, finance, education, human capital and cybersecurity. Alec led technology and media policy on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He began his career as a 6th grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School in West Baltimore where he met his wife, Felicity, who continues to teach in the city’s schools.
Emma Snyder is the owner of The Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand Coffee & Books. A native Baltimorean, she's very happy to be back home and surrounded by books.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:00pm