Identify, Strategize, Engage

Identify, Strategize, Engage

What We Are Thinking

The Events We Track



ChIPs Inaugural European Summit

Paris, France

20 June 2019

WomenRule EU Summit

Brussels, Belgium

27 June 2019



Paris, France

16-19 May 2019

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Davos, Switzerland

January 2019

Healthcare Data Institute AI Summit*

Paris, France

15 November 2018

*Keynote Speaker

Politico Artificial Intelligence Summit: Innovation and Governance*

Brussels, Belgium

March 2018


What We Regularly Read


There's a lot of information out there and it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data coming at you day in and out.  While we regularly scan the political and industry news outlets, we regularly find interesting food for thought at these sources:

Aspen Institute 5 Ideas

RANE Network Newsletter

AEI Ideas

World Economic Forum


6 Things Tech World Leaders Fear (TIME, 28 January 2019)

  • The concerns of today shape the policies of tomorrow.  It is important to understand these fears - of consumers, politicians, and technology leaders, to name a few - in order to properly anticipate any potential arguments raised to new products or understand the motivating factors for any proposed regulations to new technologies.

Europe In Pieces: Where Voters Disagree (Politico, 25 January 2019)

  • Politico's tracking of the upcoming European elections is an incredibly helpful resource to understanding what is driving them, especially as an American deeply familiar with the workings of the US institutions.
  • What is most interesting about this article are the points made about low voter turnout (under Apathy is the Biggest Winner) and the issues driving the various national populations (under What Citizens Care About - And Fear).  These are consistent and developing trends that we are seeing in polls internationally, not just within the EU, and are important factors to keep in mind when approaching any given issue strategically.

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech (New York Times, 23 January 2019)

  • The speeches, panels and discussions at this year's annual meeting of the WEF echoed with calls to regulate technology.  Despite the increasingly consistency of the talking point, very few have offered any real specifics on how any international governance over technology would actually look like or operate.  And. given the tensions regarding the effectiveness and participation in existing international government bodies, it is unlikely that an organized proposal will emerge any time soon.  However, it is important for industry to take into account the concerns and desire for increased oversight by government bodies and their leaders of disruptive technologies when looking at approaching any given market.

How Our Brains Make the World (Iain McGilchrist, American Enterprise Institute, 15 January 2019)

  • Understanding what drives people - what makes them happy, what makes them feel satisfied, heard - is an imperative part of engaging them whether in day to day interactions or more business policy discussions.
  • Any effective and comprehensive strategy must address the different response centers of the brain appropriately.  In order to do this, it is imperative to have at least some working knowledge of how the brain operates and what different aspects of it respond to, across cultures.

What the Jill Abramson Book Scandal Teaches Us About Publishing’s Fact Checking Problem (Vox, 15 January 2019)

  • The question of what is truth - and who holds the burden to ensure it - is one that is permeating so many different areas of business these days.  I am loving the irony of other writers and publishers pointing out fact-checking errors in a book written about the need for truth and, perhaps, exaggerating it in doing so.

Mobile, Social, and Cloud Will Boost Artificial Intelligence (Shane Tews, AEI Ideas, 14 January 2019)

  • AI is one of the most awe-inspiring - and worrisome - emerging technologies today.  The corresponding policies relatedly present some of the most complex questions, implicating a wide range of issues.  It is important to understanding just how intertwined all of these are.  Shane is also a friend and highly respect her thoughts on tech and trends (and her taste in wine).  Would recommend you too!

Why It Pays to Declutter Your Digital Life (BBC, 6 January 2019)

  • I am doing a lot of work on flow, how to achieve peak performance, and how to more readily identify your personal triggers and those of others.  The overabundance of information is a huge one and digital hoarding is becoming a very real problem for people - keeping them from thinking clearly, from prioritizing, from seeing bigger pictures as they get lost in the details.

TechNYC Annual Report (TechNYC, December 2018)

  • New York has one of the most robust startup (and scale up) environments in the world.  A model that other cities, primarily those in Europe, are seeking to recreate.  So we think it is important to understand the issues we face.  Also, we are a fan of their Executive DIrector, Julie Samuels (full disclosure, yes, she is a friend)

American Workers Seek Learning and Development Programs to Close Skills Gap (Morning Consult and The Prudential, 16 December 2018)

  • Skills, and the question of how to give the current and next generation of workers, the best ones is a conversation taking place around the world.  Important to understand the American perspective.

PoliticoEU 28: Class of 2019 (Politico, November 2018).

  • Because it’s always important to know who to keep an eye on in the early months of 2019 as the European elections approach.
  • We are happy to see so many women highlighted here.

Barnier Slide for EU-UK Brexit Negotiations (European Commission, December 2017)

  • This slide has been oft cited since it was drawn up to demonstrate the options in trade negotiations and has been a good resource both in understanding and putting the discussions in perspective.
  • We always get a kick out of the reference of these options as the “stairway to hell.”  It’s all a matter of perspective, I guess.