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Best-Selling Author of Hamlet's BlackBerry

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 William Powers Biography

William Powers was born in Arizona and grew up in Rhode Island. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in U. S. history and literature, and did graduate study in Spain as a Rotary International Scholar. He began his career as a U.S. Senate staff member working on foreign relations, intelligence and military affairs.

He then joined The Washington Post, working initially for Bob Woodward in the investigative unit. He did reporting and research for The Commanders, Woodwards international bestseller about the first Gulf War.

As a Post staff writer and columnist in the 1990s, Powers covered business, media, politics, popular culture and ideas. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and many other publications. He created The New Republics first media column, and for ten years wrote an influential column on the intersection of media and politics for National Journal.

He has been featured in dozens of major news outlets, including interviews with Katie Couric, NPR, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, CNBC and the BBC, and coverage in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wired and The Guardian.

Powers has been a speaker at such high-profile venues as South By Southwest, the Aspen Festival of Ideas, Google and Facebook. Reporting on one of his dynamic presentations, The New York Times called him an apostle of the next wave of digital thinking.

He is the author of The New York Times best seller, Hamlets BlackBerry. Widely praised for its insights on the digital future, the book grew out of research he did as a fellow at Harvards Shorenstein Center. It has been selected as the Common Read for 2011-2012 at a number of U.S. colleges and universities, and is being translated into many foreign languages.

Powers is a two-time winner of the National Press Clubs Rowse Award for best American media commentary. He has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and studied the technology culture of Japan on a fellowship from the Japan Society of New York.

He has given keynote talks at conferences such as South by Southwest and the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as numerous universities and other organizations. He's moderated conversations for the Aspen Institute’s Socrates program in Spain, Ukraine, Mexico and Japan, as well as the U.S.

In 2014, he joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist. He and his lab colleagues are working to ensure that artificial intelligence reflects human values and enables social progress.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author Martha Sherrill, and their son.

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Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Speaking Topics
  • Free the Mind: Unleashing the Creative Power of New Technologies

    Best-selling author William Powers combines the neuroscientific and behavioral breakthroughs of the last several decades with his own trailblazing research to show why the current approach to social networking and other new technologies is deeply flawed. Conventional wisdom says the more connected you are 24/7 to digital screens--and the more tasks youre performing simultaneously--the better. Yet a growing body of evidence shows that, as we strive to stay tethered to our gadgets, were working less efficiently and thinking less creatively. And paying a high price in lost productivity: A typical midsized American company with 1,000 employees is now losing $10 million a year to overload--distracted workers trying to juggle too many digital tasks at once. In this provocative, story-driven presentation, Powers:
    • Shows were repeating the mistakes of the technology past, by viewing the devices as the source of creativity;
    • Explains what constant multi-tasking does to the brain;
    • Using real-life examples, demonstrates how a more balanced, targeted approach to technology restores focus and sparks truly innovative thinking.

  • Hamlets BlackBerry: The Next Tech Revolution

    Over the last two decades, the digital revolution has transformed our lives. Were connected as never before, and a whole new world of resources is at our fingertips. How do you harness these riches to build better organizations, communities, schools and families? This might seem like uncharted territory, but it isnt. Drawing on over 2,000 years of human innovation and progress, Powers shows that every tech age brings the same mix of opportunities and challenges were facing right now. And forward-thinking people always recognize that the key to success isnt the technology but how you use it. Our gadgets should be working for us, not vice versa, and the next wave of innovation will be about making sure they do. In fact, its already begun. In this lively presentation, Powers reveals:
    • Why great leaders and creatives are never passive about technology,
    • Why Shakespeare embraced the BlackBerry of his time and how Ben Franklin would have used Twitter,
    • How the next tech revolution will radically reshape the digital experience, so it fosters depth and imagination,
    • Which innovative organizations are leading the way, and what we can learn from them.

  • Einsteins Cubicle: Where Genius Happens & Why

    Information is everywhere, and in an effort to stay abreast of it all, were constantly connecting. But the most important connections--the original insights and eureka moments that change the world--tend to happen in the space between the countless tasks that fill up our daily lives. It can happen when youre walking along a city street, taking a shower or just driving down the highway. William Powers calls them Gaps, and he shows why theyre essential to the kind of thinking often called genius. Theres genius in all of us and in a busy, hyper-connected world the trick is locating those magical spaces where it can bloom. Powers shares inspiring stories of geniuses past and present who found gaps in the most unlikely places and how we can do the same.
    • What the latest scientific research reveals about the sources of inspiration;
    • How great minds such as Einstein carved out gaps within their own hectic, busy lives;
    • The ways digital tools are changing the landscape of creativity, and where cutting-edge thinkers and organizations are finding brand new gaps.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK William Powers?

    Booking fees for William Powers, 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 William Powers, 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 William Powers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Powers 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 William Powers 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 William Powers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Powers 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.
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Best-Selling Author of Hamlet's BlackBerry

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William Powers Biography

William Powers was born in Arizona and grew up in Rhode Island. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in U. S. history and literature, and did graduate study in Spain as a Rotary International Scholar. He began his career as a U.S. Senate staff member working on foreign relations, intelligence and military affairs.

He then joined The Washington Post, working initially for Bob Woodward in the investigative unit. He did reporting and research for The Commanders, Woodwards international bestseller about the first Gulf War.

As a Post staff writer and columnist in the 1990s, Powers covered business, media, politics, popular culture and ideas. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and many other publications. He created The New Republics first media column, and for ten years wrote an influential column on the intersection of media and politics for National Journal.

He has been featured in dozens of major news outlets, including interviews with Katie Couric, NPR, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, CNBC and the BBC, and coverage in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wired and The Guardian.

Powers has been a speaker at such high-profile venues as South By Southwest, the Aspen Festival of Ideas, Google and Facebook. Reporting on one of his dynamic presentations, The New York Times called him an apostle of the next wave of digital thinking.

He is the author of The New York Times best seller, Hamlets BlackBerry. Widely praised for its insights on the digital future, the book grew out of research he did as a fellow at Harvards Shorenstein Center. It has been selected as the Common Read for 2011-2012 at a number of U.S. colleges and universities, and is being translated into many foreign languages.

Powers is a two-time winner of the National Press Clubs Rowse Award for best American media commentary. He has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and studied the technology culture of Japan on a fellowship from the Japan Society of New York.

He has given keynote talks at conferences such as South by Southwest and the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as numerous universities and other organizations. He's moderated conversations for the Aspen Institute’s Socrates program in Spain, Ukraine, Mexico and Japan, as well as the U.S.

In 2014, he joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist. He and his lab colleagues are working to ensure that artificial intelligence reflects human values and enables social progress.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author Martha Sherrill, and their son.

William Powers Videos

  • William Powers, "New Slow City" | Talks At Google
  • William Powers & his "internet sabbath" - YouTube

William Powers Books

William Powers Speaking Topics

  • Free the Mind: Unleashing the Creative Power of New Technologies

    Best-selling author William Powers combines the neuroscientific and behavioral breakthroughs of the last several decades with his own trailblazing research to show why the current approach to social networking and other new technologies is deeply flawed. Conventional wisdom says the more connected you are 24/7 to digital screens--and the more tasks youre performing simultaneously--the better. Yet a growing body of evidence shows that, as we strive to stay tethered to our gadgets, were working less efficiently and thinking less creatively. And paying a high price in lost productivity: A typical midsized American company with 1,000 employees is now losing $10 million a year to overload--distracted workers trying to juggle too many digital tasks at once. In this provocative, story-driven presentation, Powers:
    • Shows were repeating the mistakes of the technology past, by viewing the devices as the source of creativity;
    • Explains what constant multi-tasking does to the brain;
    • Using real-life examples, demonstrates how a more balanced, targeted approach to technology restores focus and sparks truly innovative thinking.

  • Hamlets BlackBerry: The Next Tech Revolution

    Over the last two decades, the digital revolution has transformed our lives. Were connected as never before, and a whole new world of resources is at our fingertips. How do you harness these riches to build better organizations, communities, schools and families? This might seem like uncharted territory, but it isnt. Drawing on over 2,000 years of human innovation and progress, Powers shows that every tech age brings the same mix of opportunities and challenges were facing right now. And forward-thinking people always recognize that the key to success isnt the technology but how you use it. Our gadgets should be working for us, not vice versa, and the next wave of innovation will be about making sure they do. In fact, its already begun. In this lively presentation, Powers reveals:
    • Why great leaders and creatives are never passive about technology,
    • Why Shakespeare embraced the BlackBerry of his time and how Ben Franklin would have used Twitter,
    • How the next tech revolution will radically reshape the digital experience, so it fosters depth and imagination,
    • Which innovative organizations are leading the way, and what we can learn from them.

  • Einsteins Cubicle: Where Genius Happens & Why

    Information is everywhere, and in an effort to stay abreast of it all, were constantly connecting. But the most important connections--the original insights and eureka moments that change the world--tend to happen in the space between the countless tasks that fill up our daily lives. It can happen when youre walking along a city street, taking a shower or just driving down the highway. William Powers calls them Gaps, and he shows why theyre essential to the kind of thinking often called genius. Theres genius in all of us and in a busy, hyper-connected world the trick is locating those magical spaces where it can bloom. Powers shares inspiring stories of geniuses past and present who found gaps in the most unlikely places and how we can do the same.
    • What the latest scientific research reveals about the sources of inspiration;
    • How great minds such as Einstein carved out gaps within their own hectic, busy lives;
    • The ways digital tools are changing the landscape of creativity, and where cutting-edge thinkers and organizations are finding brand new gaps.

FAQs on booking William Powers

  • How to book William Powers?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Powers 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 William Powers, 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 William Powers or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Powers?

    Booking fees for William Powers, 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 William Powers, 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 William Powers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Powers 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 William Powers 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 William Powers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Powers 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.

William Powers is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Powers for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. William Powers generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Pogue, Tiffany Shlain, Jeff Jarvis, Graham Hill and Salman (Sal) Khan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Powers for an upcoming event.

William Powers Speaker Videos

  • William Powers, "New Slow City" | Talks At Google
    William Powers & his "internet sabbath" - YouTube

William Powers Speaking Topics

  • Free the Mind: Unleashing the Creative Power of New Technologies

    Best-selling author William Powers combines the neuroscientific and behavioral breakthroughs of the last several decades with his own trailblazing research to show why the current approach to social networking and other new technologies is deeply flawed. Conventional wisdom says the more connected you are 24/7 to digital screens--and the more tasks youre performing simultaneously--the better. Yet a growing body of evidence shows that, as we strive to stay tethered to our gadgets, were working less efficiently and thinking less creatively. And paying a high price in lost productivity: A typical midsized American company with 1,000 employees is now losing $10 million a year to overload--distracted workers trying to juggle too many digital tasks at once. In this provocative, story-driven presentation, Powers:
    • Shows were repeating the mistakes of the technology past, by viewing the devices as the source of creativity;
    • Explains what constant multi-tasking does to the brain;
    • Using real-life examples, demonstrates how a more balanced, targeted approach to technology restores focus and sparks truly innovative thinking.

  • Hamlets BlackBerry: The Next Tech Revolution

    Over the last two decades, the digital revolution has transformed our lives. Were connected as never before, and a whole new world of resources is at our fingertips. How do you harness these riches to build better organizations, communities, schools and families? This might seem like uncharted territory, but it isnt. Drawing on over 2,000 years of human innovation and progress, Powers shows that every tech age brings the same mix of opportunities and challenges were facing right now. And forward-thinking people always recognize that the key to success isnt the technology but how you use it. Our gadgets should be working for us, not vice versa, and the next wave of innovation will be about making sure they do. In fact, its already begun. In this lively presentation, Powers reveals:
    • Why great leaders and creatives are never passive about technology,
    • Why Shakespeare embraced the BlackBerry of his time and how Ben Franklin would have used Twitter,
    • How the next tech revolution will radically reshape the digital experience, so it fosters depth and imagination,
    • Which innovative organizations are leading the way, and what we can learn from them.

  • Einsteins Cubicle: Where Genius Happens & Why

    Information is everywhere, and in an effort to stay abreast of it all, were constantly connecting. But the most important connections--the original insights and eureka moments that change the world--tend to happen in the space between the countless tasks that fill up our daily lives. It can happen when youre walking along a city street, taking a shower or just driving down the highway. William Powers calls them Gaps, and he shows why theyre essential to the kind of thinking often called genius. Theres genius in all of us and in a busy, hyper-connected world the trick is locating those magical spaces where it can bloom. Powers shares inspiring stories of geniuses past and present who found gaps in the most unlikely places and how we can do the same.
    • What the latest scientific research reveals about the sources of inspiration;
    • How great minds such as Einstein carved out gaps within their own hectic, busy lives;
    • The ways digital tools are changing the landscape of creativity, and where cutting-edge thinkers and organizations are finding brand new gaps.

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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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