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World-Renowned Expert to Head ASU-Thunderbird’s Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0 Initiative

January 21, 2020

Landry Signé, Leader in Global Political Economy, Joins Thunderbird Landry Signé is a world-renowned expert and award-winning professor of global political economy with a long and impressive list of experience, honors, and accomplishments. Next on his list is Thunderbird where Signé is the new Professor and Founding Co-Director of Thunderbird’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Initiative and Globalization 4.0 Inititiative. Signé joins Thunderbird School of Global Management where, in addition to leading the Initiative, he will be teaching courses on global business, world governance and disruptive technologies. Perhaps most directly relevant to what Signé offers Thunderbird is the fact that he has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.”read more


Thunderbird Convenes Top World Leaders at Davos for Conversations About Climate

Thunderbird Convenes Top World Leaders at Davos for Conversations About Climate

January 16, 2020

Discussions will introduce major new initiatives covering climate restoration, business opportunities, and stakeholder responsibilities Climate change and the impact of rising global temperatures became harder to ignore in 2019, with fires ravaging Australia and the Amazon. And for the first time in its 15-year history, climate concerns dominated the top of the annual World Economic Forum survey of 750 global government, academic, and business leaders. As he introduced Global Risks Report 2020, WEF President Borge Brende said the global leaders’ top five concerns this year were related to the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change.read more


Will democratizing AI accelerate inequality?

Will Democratizing AI Accelerate Inequality?

December 2, 2019

What kinds of decisions do you have to make every day? Likely, you will have to pick out your clothes, find a route to work, decide what to eat, see how to get home. Many such decisions are so general as to cut across ages, geographies, and economic contexts – the world gets complicated when we consider some of the differences. The difference, for instance, between people going to work and those looking for a job, between those who live paycheck to paycheck and those with a second home – simple differences in what someone has to consider, what they have to navigate, what they experience day to day. These differences establish not only material inequality but informational inequality – differences in what kinds of information people have access to, opportunities to use that information, time to research, all the search costs related to navigating the resources available in the digital world. An inequality not simply of access to information but the tools at our disposal to process that information.read more


Study, Don’t Fear, the Power of AI in Global Business

Study, Don’t Fear, the Power of AI in Global Business

November 4, 2019

A Manager’s Introduction to AI Ethics’: Newly published chapter by Thunderbird’s Prof. Mark Esposito Talking about the opportunities and risks ahead of us as business becomes more accustomed to using Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba’s Jack Ma said he is “quite optimistic” about AI, and it presents nothing for “street smart” people and tech leaders to be afraid of. During a 45-minute conversation, which kicked off the World AI Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai in late August 2019, Ma focused on how machine learning can be a force for good.read more


Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Profile — The Transformation of Warren Buffett

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Profile — The Transformation of Warren Buffett

October 16, 2019

Warren Buffett is that rarest of double majors. He is a portfolio maestro whose prognostications make tons of money for a whole lot of people. The results are so good that spending the energy to build a company doesn’t add up. If so, it is like discovering the actress Hedy Lamar was a scientific genius. Buffett is the exceptional investor who is a self-taught manager, and a brilliant one at that. As he revealed in his 2015 annual letter: “Experience in business can make you a better investor, and vice versa.” He makes it sound a little simpler than it really is.read more


Preparing Our Children for the AI-Powered Future

Preparing Our Children for the AI-Powered Future

October 14, 2019

If you’re anything like us, you were raised on the idea that as long as you chose a good area of study, put in the hours and aced your exams, you were guaranteed a decent job which would most likely turn into a lifelong career. Now adults, much like our parents, one of our primary concerns when it comes to our children is making sure we secure them with the skills and tool set to succeed as they enter the workforce.read more


Architects Start Work on Building Befitting Thunderbird 4.0

Construction Starting on Building Befitting Thunderbird 4.0

September 26, 2019

Construction begins Oct. 7 on new state-of-the-art global headquarters in downtown Phoenix In 2006, Arizona State University completed the first LEED Platinum building in Arizona – Biodesign Building B, at 727 E. Tyler St. in Tempe. The building, which featured reduced water use, recycled and regionally available materials, maximized indoor air quality, and solar power generation, went on to win the nationally prestigious Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in 2007.read more


Studying the Fourth IR

Studying the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Harness its Transformative Power

August 27, 2019

Picture this: Microscopic robots that can go inside our bodies to fight disease. Thinking machines capable of designing and building other thinking machines. Gene editing to treat inherited medical ailments. Cybernetic computer implants that enhance our sensory perception and cognitive abilities or connect our brains to robotic systems. Fleets of autonomous aerial and ground vehicles controlled by a computer mind. Ecosystems of interconnected devices and data sets that evolve, merge and grow online.read more


Are Entrepreneurial Governments an Oxymoron?

Governments and Gov-Tech: reality or far fetched aspiration?

August 5, 2019

Technology advances faster than knowledge of how best to use it. With a new generation of emerging technologies comes a new responsibility on governments to close this knowledge gap. Fortunately, they have the means to do it at their disposal–the very entrepreneurs driving a revolution in technology for government, civic society, and public innovation, which we can sum up as “gov-tech”. However, administrations and policymakers need to better understand how to effectively drive a new generation of gov-tech entrepreneurs and ecosystems. In other words, how to get more entrepreneurs oriented away from moving fast and breaking things to moving fast and fixing things. To do so, we ask that they understand a few points driving why some ecosystems have thrived where others have slowed or remain underdeveloped.read more


Maddie Handler teaches about STEM education to children from the International Community School in Amman, Jordan

T-birds UNLEASH Their International Entrepreneurial Talents

July 29, 2019

3 Students Accepted Into Prestigious Innovation Lab in Shenzhen, China Three Thunderbird students have been selected out of 8,000 applicants for UNLEASH 2019, the third annual prestigious weeklong innovation lab that will be held this year in Shenzhen, China. The T-birds will be among 1,000 participants who represent their entire generation, come from all over the world, and act as champions on behalf of eight of the United Nations’ 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.read more