Charles Leadbeater, program advisor for the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, questions if advancements in technology are making us more productive or inefficient. The renowned author, consultant and social entrepreneur says easy access to communication is extending our work day, but innovation requires uninterrupted, unplugged time to focus and develop creative ideas. Leadbeater is an advisor for the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute's ALT/Now: Economic Inequality program.


Jack Ma is now one of the world's richest men but failed – thrice – at entering university. The founder and executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group was in Hong Kong on May 18 to receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Hong Kong. He urged the young to help solve Hong Kong's and the world's problems. To him, the greatest challenge of the future is to nurture independent and creative thinkers who are capable of doing what machines are not able to do.


Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating aneducation system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. He is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985–89) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001), and is now Professor Emeritus at the same institution. In 2003 he was knighted for services to the arts.

Success looks different now than it did in the past. High-achieving people are frequently choosing to opt out of the traditional job market and create their own jobs. Successful people increasingly expect to be able to: