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Thank you for being late: A conversation with Thomas L. Friedman

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The three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and columnist for The New York Times Thomas Friedman asserts that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration. His new book, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, serves as a field manual for how to think about and live in this era of technological and global shifts. The book makes the case for ‘being late’—pausing to appreciate this amazing historical era and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.

On Thursday, December 15, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program hosted Friedman for a conversation about his book and a discussion about the lessons he draws from his hometown in Minnesota about how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.

Following the discussion, he took questions from the audience.

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Victor L. Hymes

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer - Legato Capital Management, LLC

Trustee - The Brookings Institution


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