Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am Talk followed by book signing
Morning Live Talks Business Forum with
Co-founder of Kickstarter
discussing his book,
This Could Be Our Future:
A Manifesto for a More Generous World
Cross Campus–Downtown Los Angeles
800 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
$42 General Admission section (includes book)
$20 General Admission section (on sale Sep 4, 10am)
* All tickets include continental breakfast from 7:45-8:15am)
Yancey Strickler is a writer and the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, the Public Benefit Company that pioneered crowdfunding and has helped artists and creators bring more than 100,000 creative projects to life. (The New York Timeshas called Kickstarter “the people’s NEA.”) He left Kickstarter in 2017, and now travels the globe as an in-demand public speaker focused on recalibrating how individuals and businesses can better understand what’s valuable and in their rational self-interest. He is also a cofounder of the artist resource The Creative Independent, which publishes daily essays by artists and creators on the creative process. He previously worked as a music critic, writing for Pitchfork, The Village Voice, and Spin, among other outlets. He’s been profiled in Wired, Financial Times, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Forbes, and Vox and has given keynotes at SXSW, the Sundance Film Festival, Atlantic Ideas Festival, Techcrunch Disrupt, Web Summit, and more. He was one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, on Vanity Fair‘s New Establishment list, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
“In this wise, and sometimes bracing, manifesto, he reveals how hidden assumptions about what matters have coarsened our culture and corroded our values. Then shows how to create organizations and institutions built less on maximizing financial gain and more on family, faith, and sustainability. This book is the conversation starter our world needs.”— Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind
“Yancey Strickler is convinced that our value system is broken. In this lucid book, he lays out a vision for how to fix it that’s both audacious and elevating. It’s a thought-provoking read for anyone who knows there’s more to life than accumulating wealth.” — Adam Grant, bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and coauthor of Option B
A vision for building a society that looks beyond money and toward maximizing the values that make life worth living, from the cofounder of Kickstarter.
Western society is trapped by three assumptions: 1) That the point of life is to maximize your self-interest and wealth, 2) That we’re individuals trapped in an adversarial world, and 3) That this is natural and inevitable. These ideas separate us, keep us powerless, and limit our imagination for the future. It’s time we replace them with something new.
This Could Be Our Future is about how we got here, and how we change course. While the pursuit of wealth has produced innovation and prosperity, it also established an implicit belief that the right choice in every decision is whichever option makes the most money. The answer isn’t to get rid of money; it’s to expand our concept of value. By assigning rational value to other values besides money–things like community, purpose, and sustainability–we can refocus our energies to build a society that’s generous, fair, and ready for the future. By recalibrating our definition of value, a world of scarcity can become a world of abundance.
Hopeful but firmly grounded, full of concrete solutions and bursting with creativity, This Could Be Our Future brilliantly dissects the world we live in and shows us a road map to the world we are capable of making.