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Chris Kutarna

Dr Christopher Kutarna

Co-author Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance

Dr Christopher Kutarna is a two-time Governor General’s Medallist from Canada, a Commonwealth Scholar and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.

In 2006 Christopher Kutarna moved to Beijing, started a business, sold it, then paid himself for five years to do a doctorate in politics at Oxford and to write Age of Discovery. Prior to that, he spent time with the Boston Consulting Group in New Zealand and Australia.

Christopher Kutarna’s open letters, posted weekly, are deemed required reading by some of the world’s smartest people and shape debate in media, boardrooms and classrooms around the world. In his best-selling debut book, Age of Discovery (with Ian Goldin), he drew upon Renaissance wisdom to predict both Brexit and Trump.

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His academic work aims to map the ever-evolving political values of China’s emerging middle class. He lived in China for several years, speak Mandarin, and irregularly contribute op-eds to Guancha.cn, one of China’s top-ranked news magazines.

Christopher demystifies the new Age of Discovery which is upon us. All the signs – social media, populism, globalisation, the rise of China, AI, genetic modification and more – herald its arrival. He tears up the outdated mental maps that have served us so poorly in recent years – maps that led us to think that Brexit was impossible, that Trump was unelectable and that globalisation was irreversible. He tears up the unconscious biases that obscure our understanding of present political, economic, technological and social trends.

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Topics

How To See The Present

The world always makes sense. It’s our lens for looking at it that’s flawed. We need to shatter that lens—and grind for ourselves a very different way of seeing the world.

How To See The Future

Chris explodes two myths that commonly cloud our foresight: that the future is linear, and that technology will save us. What’s left is a simple, powerful truth…

Leadership In The 2nd Renaissance

In an Age of Discovery, there are no passengers. There are only pilots, struggling to steer the ship. The wisdom of history can be our compass, if we choose to receive it.

Making New Maps

Our ways of seeing the world can warp, rather than clarify, the risks and rewards that our rapidly changing world presents.To navigate successfully, businesses, organizations and policy-makers need to draw new cognitive maps.

Finding Florence

In a digital age, where we locate our creative efforts is the first strategic decision we must make. Those who understand this paradox will become the Michelangelos and da Vincis of this Second Renaissance.

Our Copernican Moment

Insecurity, personal and social, is spiking. This isn’t shocking. It’s normal—when prevailing paradigms shift.

Chris is an outstanding speaker with a rich, relevant and unique perspective. Set the unenviable task of opening a 2-day workshop for a selection of business, policy and academic leaders, Chris delivered a thought-provoking talk that managed to contextualise our agenda in the moment and gave us a profound sense of ‘why’. We work with a lot of inspiring thinkers and innovators but few are able to so effectively capture the attention of our diverse—and sometimes divergent!—audience whilst connecting their individual perspective to our narrative. And he achieved it all in just 15 minutes. On a personal level, Chris is a pleasure to work with going over and above in the preparation to immerse in our content and, in doing so, left a positive impression on everyone he spoke to.

Ellen McArthur Foundation

In this crazy age when many of us feel we are blinking into the darkness of a world that we no longer understand, Chris shines a valuable ray of light. Spiking heavy thinking with a large dram of humour, he provided a most engaging and enjoyable talk—and provoked a great deal of searching questions from the audience.

Royal Geographical Society

Chris astonishes. Not only with the way he delivers his thoughts, but also with the quality of their content and their relevance to the challenges modern society faces. A case of style and substance in equal measure.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Chris opened our minds. The feedback on his presentation and style was excellent. Every person I spoke to was able to talk about several or all aspects of the presentation with real intensity and he triggered members of my team to reignite their interests in a wide range of topics.

Rolls Royce Plc

Publications

Chris Kutarna

Age of Discovery

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom

Languages

Chinese (Mandarin), English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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