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Eric Whitacre has been appointed the Los Angeles Master Chorale's (LAMC) first Artist-in-Residence announced by the LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President & CEO Jean Davidson. His two-year post begins in the 2016-17 season.
"Eric Whitacre is a true original," says Davidson. "His singular vision, bold concepts, powerful artistry and global reach through new technologies will impact the Los Angeles Master Chorale in myriad ways." Gershon adds, "Over the years, the LA Master Chorale has shown a deep affinity for Eric's choral works. We are pleased to expand our relationship with him in such a meaningful way."

Don Tapscott was awarded one of Canada's most respected civilian honors, The Order of Canada. The citation accompanying the honour stated he was appointed to the order for his "leadership in the field of business innovaiton, notably for his research on the economic and social impact of information technology." Congratulations Don!

Kevin Ashton's book, How To Fly A Horse, won the 2015 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year Award. 800-CEO-Read's General Manager Sally Haldorson said, "We believe it is a book that will leave a positive, lasting impact on the life of a lone creative striver, on the thinking of the most traditional business practitioner, and on everyone in-between. Because of that, we believe it will have a great impact on the lives of organizations large and small."
Congratulations Kevin!

Do challenges and problems derail your creative process? Watch Tim Harford's recent TED talk, How messy problems can inspire creativity, on how distractions make us more creative. Sometimes called ‘Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell’, Tim offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence.

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently announced a new $25 million research center funded by Toyota to further the development of autonomous vehicle technologies. Led by CSAIL director Daniela Rus, the new center will focus on developing advanced decision-making algorithms and systems that allow vehicles to perceive and navigate their surroundings safely, without human input. Read more.

Patrick Dixon’s 16th book The Future of (Almost) Everything, is now available. It reveals dozens of new key trends which will impact your business and personal life, and explains what they will mean for our wider world. As Patrick says, "Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you.”
Book Praise
"Every leader needs to keep ahead of major trends. Think radically and read this book to keep ahead of the future!” — Sinclair Beecham MBE, Co-Founder of Pret A Manger
"A must read for anyone keen to understand what the future may hold for them." — Lynda Gratton, London Business School

April 2016
Michael PettisAustralia
Dani RodrikPeru
Tom KelleyChina
Simon JohnsonUnited Arab Emirates
Thomas J. SargentColombia
May 2016
Jane McGonigalAustralia
Angus DeatonKorea, China and Taiwan
Anne ApplebaumSweden
James WallmanPoland and Finland
JB StraubelKorea
Tyler CowenSingapore
Barry J. EichengreenSwitzerland
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Patrick DixonPortugal
Alan RusbridgerAustria
Kenneth CukierNorway and Turkey
Mario MontiTurkey
Paul KrugmanPortugal and Nigeria
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June 2016
Brian MuirheadFrance
Don TapscottFrance
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Nate SilverFrance
Edward LucasPoland
Angus DeatonColombia, Switzerland and Spain
Patrick DixonIreland
Tim HarfordBrazil and Hungary
Paul SullivanChile
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Don Berwick, M.D.United Kingdom
July 2016
Edward LucasSweden
Edward LuceSweden
Patrick DixonColombia
September 2016
Robert J. GordonHong Kong
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Daniela RusHong Kong
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October 2016
Eric WeinerPortugal
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November 2016
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