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Sociobiologist & Author of The Watchman's Rattle

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In today's world - one in which we generate as much data every two minutes as we generated from the dawn of man to the year 2003 - every institution is collapsing under complexity. With more information, data, and devices than they can manage, organizations spanning every industry are dealing with high rates of failure but are failing to adapt their problem-solving skills to this complex climate.

An evolutionary biologist and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jared Diamond, Rebecca Costa understands that failure to adapt results in extinction. She applies this scientific tenet - adapt or die - to organizations to help them find ways to quickly adapt to this high-failure environment in order to not only avoid extinction, but to thrive.

Instrumental in introducing new technologies to General Electric, Apple, 3M, and other pioneering companies, Costa is the first thought leader to confront the ways in which the rapid pace of change in every aspect of our lives has outstripped our brain's ability to cope. In her acclaimed book The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, she explains how each individual has the ability to solve complex problems through a spontaneous intuitive flash of insight - a skill that we can harness to solve seemingly intractable problems.

In her book as well as her keynote speeches, Rebecca Costa shows her audiences how our brains can be trained to develop and sharpen "insight on demand" to solve the dangerous and complex problems now facing us at home, in our businesses, and around the world. A riveting and entertaining speaker as well as a sought-after panelist on topics ranging from corporate and government gridlock, global economic trends, and pop culture to education and environmental policy, she offers powerful takeaways on how to make corporations and organizations - whether medical, technical, financial, or educational - better fast adapters able to thrive in high-failure environments.

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The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Speaking Topics
  • Why Fast Adapters Win

    An award-winning American sociobiologist, author of the international bestseller The Watchman’s Rattle, and host of the syndicated radio program, The Costa Report, Rebecca Costa is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country for industry conferences, corporate events, and university lectures. This informative presentation reveals how complexity produces a “High Failure-Rate Environment” – one where decision-makers must confront “more wrong choices than right ones, as the number of wrong ones grow.” According to Costa, the increasing complexity of processes, information, technology, and policies cause errors to become more prevalent and oversight to become more difficult, making unanticipated collapse more dangerous. Costa shows how leaders can prevail over complexity by mastering techniques and technologies aimed at “Fast Adaptation.” Charismatic, conversational, and often humorous, Costa weaves cutting-edge science with memorable, anecdotal stories. 1-hour presentation with 20-minute Q & A. Optional 1-hour workshop on computer-assisted-decision making technology (Big Data, mobile technology, and everything between).

  • Hope for Healthcare

    Costa describes the detrimental effects complexity has had on the healthcare industry: from the indiscernible Affordable Healthcare Act, to the conversion, access and security of electronic patient records, from a deluge of government and insurance compliances, to the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of information healthcare professionals must now assimilate to remain current in their field. Costa offers prescriptive tools for navigating this new “High Failure-Rate Environment.” She demonstrates how the Venture Capital Model can be applied to diversifying solutions, as well as how computer-assisted decision making is being used in healthcare to overcome “irrational human resistance.” A frequent keynote speaker at health conferences around the world, Costa draws upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation” to facilitate a nimble, efficient transition to a new era of patient-centric care.

  • Complexity & Global Finance

    Costa delves into the effects complexity has had on global financial markets: from the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of data which must be understood and acted on within pico seconds, to a plethora of indiscernible new financial instruments, and the ramifications of highly interdependent currencies, commodities, and economies. Using Bak’s “Sand Pile” as metaphor, Costa reveals the telltale warning signs which occur prior to sudden failure. She offers strategies and tools aimed at navigating today’s “High Failure-Rate Environment”
    • where the number of wrong options exceed the number of correct ones. A popular speaker at global financial summits and conferences, Costa has a reputation for exciting, out-of-the-box insights and tools aimed at investors and managers alike.

  • Energy & Environment

    Costa explains why
    • despite a historical abundance of investment capital, technologies, and favorable government regulations
    • the growth of alternative energies continues to fall behind expectations. From Space-Based Solar and the latest in biofuels technology, to geothermal, wind, nuclear, hydroelectric, wave energy, and recovered energy generation (REG), Costa shows how energy diversification has produced extremely complex, fast-changing markets where decisions are frequently based on unproven beliefs rather than empirical fact. Costa shows how investors and innovators can prevail in today’s new “High Failure-Rate Environment” by leveraging the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation.” Costa is an in-demand speaker at energy and environmental conferences around the world – known for her passion and knowledge of fast-moving energy technologies and markets.

  • Excellence in Education: Students

    Are today’s students equipped to succeed in the same “High Failure-Rate Environment” that university administrators, IT directors, faculty, and alumni are presently struggling with? Costa answers this question by addressing the hazards of exponentiating complexity in every aspect of life: from the velocity, volume, variety, and veracity of new information and difficulty of tackling fast-moving “systemic” problems, to the increasing dangers of sudden collapse. Drawing upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation,” Costa offers prescriptive strategies and tools for prevailing in a world where the number of wrong choices outweigh the number of correct ones. A popular speaker on college campuses, Costa weaves humorous anecdotal stories with top news stories and leading-edge science.

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Rebecca D. Costa

Sociobiologist & Author of The Watchman's Rattle

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Astoria, OR, USA
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Rebecca D. Costa Biography

In today's world - one in which we generate as much data every two minutes as we generated from the dawn of man to the year 2003 - every institution is collapsing under complexity. With more information, data, and devices than they can manage, organizations spanning every industry are dealing with high rates of failure but are failing to adapt their problem-solving skills to this complex climate.

An evolutionary biologist and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jared Diamond, Rebecca Costa understands that failure to adapt results in extinction. She applies this scientific tenet - adapt or die - to organizations to help them find ways to quickly adapt to this high-failure environment in order to not only avoid extinction, but to thrive.

Instrumental in introducing new technologies to General Electric, Apple, 3M, and other pioneering companies, Costa is the first thought leader to confront the ways in which the rapid pace of change in every aspect of our lives has outstripped our brain's ability to cope. In her acclaimed book The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, she explains how each individual has the ability to solve complex problems through a spontaneous intuitive flash of insight - a skill that we can harness to solve seemingly intractable problems.

In her book as well as her keynote speeches, Rebecca Costa shows her audiences how our brains can be trained to develop and sharpen "insight on demand" to solve the dangerous and complex problems now facing us at home, in our businesses, and around the world. A riveting and entertaining speaker as well as a sought-after panelist on topics ranging from corporate and government gridlock, global economic trends, and pop culture to education and environmental policy, she offers powerful takeaways on how to make corporations and organizations - whether medical, technical, financial, or educational - better fast adapters able to thrive in high-failure environments.

Rebecca D. Costa Videos

  • The greatest discovery you never heard of | Rebecca Costa ...
  • The Nantucket Project - Rebecca D. Costa - YouTube
  • Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of ...

Rebecca D. Costa Books

Rebecca D. Costa Speaking Topics

  • Why Fast Adapters Win

    An award-winning American sociobiologist, author of the international bestseller The Watchman’s Rattle, and host of the syndicated radio program, The Costa Report, Rebecca Costa is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country for industry conferences, corporate events, and university lectures. This informative presentation reveals how complexity produces a “High Failure-Rate Environment” – one where decision-makers must confront “more wrong choices than right ones, as the number of wrong ones grow.” According to Costa, the increasing complexity of processes, information, technology, and policies cause errors to become more prevalent and oversight to become more difficult, making unanticipated collapse more dangerous. Costa shows how leaders can prevail over complexity by mastering techniques and technologies aimed at “Fast Adaptation.” Charismatic, conversational, and often humorous, Costa weaves cutting-edge science with memorable, anecdotal stories. 1-hour presentation with 20-minute Q & A. Optional 1-hour workshop on computer-assisted-decision making technology (Big Data, mobile technology, and everything between).

  • Hope for Healthcare

    Costa describes the detrimental effects complexity has had on the healthcare industry: from the indiscernible Affordable Healthcare Act, to the conversion, access and security of electronic patient records, from a deluge of government and insurance compliances, to the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of information healthcare professionals must now assimilate to remain current in their field. Costa offers prescriptive tools for navigating this new “High Failure-Rate Environment.” She demonstrates how the Venture Capital Model can be applied to diversifying solutions, as well as how computer-assisted decision making is being used in healthcare to overcome “irrational human resistance.” A frequent keynote speaker at health conferences around the world, Costa draws upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation” to facilitate a nimble, efficient transition to a new era of patient-centric care.

  • Complexity & Global Finance

    Costa delves into the effects complexity has had on global financial markets: from the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of data which must be understood and acted on within pico seconds, to a plethora of indiscernible new financial instruments, and the ramifications of highly interdependent currencies, commodities, and economies. Using Bak’s “Sand Pile” as metaphor, Costa reveals the telltale warning signs which occur prior to sudden failure. She offers strategies and tools aimed at navigating today’s “High Failure-Rate Environment”
    • where the number of wrong options exceed the number of correct ones. A popular speaker at global financial summits and conferences, Costa has a reputation for exciting, out-of-the-box insights and tools aimed at investors and managers alike.

  • Energy & Environment

    Costa explains why
    • despite a historical abundance of investment capital, technologies, and favorable government regulations
    • the growth of alternative energies continues to fall behind expectations. From Space-Based Solar and the latest in biofuels technology, to geothermal, wind, nuclear, hydroelectric, wave energy, and recovered energy generation (REG), Costa shows how energy diversification has produced extremely complex, fast-changing markets where decisions are frequently based on unproven beliefs rather than empirical fact. Costa shows how investors and innovators can prevail in today’s new “High Failure-Rate Environment” by leveraging the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation.” Costa is an in-demand speaker at energy and environmental conferences around the world – known for her passion and knowledge of fast-moving energy technologies and markets.

  • Excellence in Education: Students

    Are today’s students equipped to succeed in the same “High Failure-Rate Environment” that university administrators, IT directors, faculty, and alumni are presently struggling with? Costa answers this question by addressing the hazards of exponentiating complexity in every aspect of life: from the velocity, volume, variety, and veracity of new information and difficulty of tackling fast-moving “systemic” problems, to the increasing dangers of sudden collapse. Drawing upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation,” Costa offers prescriptive strategies and tools for prevailing in a world where the number of wrong choices outweigh the number of correct ones. A popular speaker on college campuses, Costa weaves humorous anecdotal stories with top news stories and leading-edge science.

FAQs on booking Rebecca D. Costa

  • How to book Rebecca D. Costa?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rebecca D. Costa for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rebecca D. Costa, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rebecca D. Costa or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rebecca D. Costa?

    Booking fees for Rebecca D. Costa, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rebecca D. Costa, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rebecca D. Costa?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rebecca D. Costa for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rebecca D. Costa for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rebecca D. Costa or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rebecca D. Costa or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rebecca D. Costa is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rebecca D. Costa for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Rebecca D. Costa generally travels from Astoria, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alexandra Cousteau, Jared Cohen, James Canton, Hugh Evans and Ayesha Khanna. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rebecca D. Costa for an upcoming event.

Rebecca D. Costa Speaker Videos

  • The greatest discovery you never heard of | Rebecca Costa ...
    The Nantucket Project - Rebecca D. Costa - YouTube
  • Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of ...
    Rebecca Costa, author: "The Watchman's Rattle" - YouTube

Rebecca D. Costa Speaking Topics

  • Why Fast Adapters Win

    An award-winning American sociobiologist, author of the international bestseller The Watchman’s Rattle, and host of the syndicated radio program, The Costa Report, Rebecca Costa is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country for industry conferences, corporate events, and university lectures. This informative presentation reveals how complexity produces a “High Failure-Rate Environment” – one where decision-makers must confront “more wrong choices than right ones, as the number of wrong ones grow.” According to Costa, the increasing complexity of processes, information, technology, and policies cause errors to become more prevalent and oversight to become more difficult, making unanticipated collapse more dangerous. Costa shows how leaders can prevail over complexity by mastering techniques and technologies aimed at “Fast Adaptation.” Charismatic, conversational, and often humorous, Costa weaves cutting-edge science with memorable, anecdotal stories. 1-hour presentation with 20-minute Q & A. Optional 1-hour workshop on computer-assisted-decision making technology (Big Data, mobile technology, and everything between).

  • Hope for Healthcare

    Costa describes the detrimental effects complexity has had on the healthcare industry: from the indiscernible Affordable Healthcare Act, to the conversion, access and security of electronic patient records, from a deluge of government and insurance compliances, to the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of information healthcare professionals must now assimilate to remain current in their field. Costa offers prescriptive tools for navigating this new “High Failure-Rate Environment.” She demonstrates how the Venture Capital Model can be applied to diversifying solutions, as well as how computer-assisted decision making is being used in healthcare to overcome “irrational human resistance.” A frequent keynote speaker at health conferences around the world, Costa draws upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation” to facilitate a nimble, efficient transition to a new era of patient-centric care.

  • Complexity & Global Finance

    Costa delves into the effects complexity has had on global financial markets: from the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of data which must be understood and acted on within pico seconds, to a plethora of indiscernible new financial instruments, and the ramifications of highly interdependent currencies, commodities, and economies. Using Bak’s “Sand Pile” as metaphor, Costa reveals the telltale warning signs which occur prior to sudden failure. She offers strategies and tools aimed at navigating today’s “High Failure-Rate Environment”
    • where the number of wrong options exceed the number of correct ones. A popular speaker at global financial summits and conferences, Costa has a reputation for exciting, out-of-the-box insights and tools aimed at investors and managers alike.

  • Energy & Environment

    Costa explains why
    • despite a historical abundance of investment capital, technologies, and favorable government regulations
    • the growth of alternative energies continues to fall behind expectations. From Space-Based Solar and the latest in biofuels technology, to geothermal, wind, nuclear, hydroelectric, wave energy, and recovered energy generation (REG), Costa shows how energy diversification has produced extremely complex, fast-changing markets where decisions are frequently based on unproven beliefs rather than empirical fact. Costa shows how investors and innovators can prevail in today’s new “High Failure-Rate Environment” by leveraging the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation.” Costa is an in-demand speaker at energy and environmental conferences around the world – known for her passion and knowledge of fast-moving energy technologies and markets.

  • Excellence in Education: Students

    Are today’s students equipped to succeed in the same “High Failure-Rate Environment” that university administrators, IT directors, faculty, and alumni are presently struggling with? Costa answers this question by addressing the hazards of exponentiating complexity in every aspect of life: from the velocity, volume, variety, and veracity of new information and difficulty of tackling fast-moving “systemic” problems, to the increasing dangers of sudden collapse. Drawing upon the time-honored principles of “Fast Adaptation,” Costa offers prescriptive strategies and tools for prevailing in a world where the number of wrong choices outweigh the number of correct ones. A popular speaker on college campuses, Costa weaves humorous anecdotal stories with top news stories and leading-edge science.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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