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Futurists and Authors, China’s Megatrends, The 8 Pillars of a New Society

John Naisbitt

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and after his studies in Utah, Harvard and Cornell, John Naisbitt worked as an executive for IBM and Kodak. In 1963, he went to Washington where he became the assistant secretary of Education to President Kennedy, and special assistant to President Johnson. Since the global success of Megatrends and the 12 books that followed, he has traveled around the globe several times a year and has spoken to almost all the major corporations of the world. He is the recipient of 15 honorary doctorates in the humanities, technology and science.

Naisbitts current focus is on China, which he has been studying and visiting for more than 40 years, first in 1967. A former professor at Nanjing University, he is currently professor at both Nankai University, Yunnan University, Yunnan Normal University and Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. He and his wife divide their time living in Vienna, Austria and in Tianjin, China, where in 2007 they established the Naisbitt China Institute at Tianjin University. Two years later, in 2009, Naisbitt co-authored Chinas Megatrends - The 8 Pillars of a New Society with Doris Naisbitt. The book is has been published in more than 15 countries and is a bestseller in many of them.

Studied at Harvard, Cornell and Utah Universities

Former executive with IBM and Eastman Kodak

Assistant Secretary of Education to President Kennedy

Special Assistant to President Johnson

Former visiting fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at Moscow State University, and faculty member at the Nanjing University in China

Distinguished International Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia -- the first non-Asian to hold this appointment

Recipient of 15 honorary doctorates in the humanities, technology and science

Visiting Professor at Nankai University

Visiting Professor of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Visiting Professor of Yunnan Normal University

Chairman of Naisbitt China Institute Tianjin

Doris Naisbitt

Doris Naisbitt, an observer of global social, economic and political trends, is the director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, China and co-author of the bestseller Megatrends China: Eight Pillars of a New Society, co-author of The China Model and author of Mai-Lin My China (published by CITIC in October 2010) She holds 5 honorary professorships in China, among them prestigious Nankai and Yunnan University..

Naisbitt has a distinguished career in publishing, serving as head of the Austrian publishing houses, Signum Verlag and Austria Press. During her tenure she upgraded the company by acquiring internationally known authors and establishing Signum as a player in the broader German Language market, including Germany and Switzerland.

Among Naisbitts first new authors was John Naisbitt, whose book, Megatrends Asia, published 1995, became a bestseller in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, under the Signum imprint. From 2002 to 2006, she worked in close collaboration with John Naisbitts public lecturing in editing and translating his books and other works for the German publishing houses of Hanser, Bertelsmann and Frankfurter Allgemeine Buchverlag.

Other international authors Naisbitt has brought to the German language market include Peter Senge, the author of the world-acclaimed Fifth Discipline and Don Tapscott, author of the ground breaking new book, Wikinomics. Naisbitt entered the publishing world at the age of 39, after working in the production of television documentaries for Walter Davy, an award-winning director.

Naisbitt studied fashion and theatre in Vienna at the acclaimed Academy of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Susi Nicoletti and Pula Wessely, two of Austrias most famous actresses. She and John Naisbitt live in Vienna, Austria and Tianjin, China.

Speech Topics


Western Democracy in Crisis and a New Governing Model on the Rise

For the Western world, Western democracy is the worlds best and only acceptable way of governing. Thus the West sees the future and sustainability of China in adopting Western value and Western democracy. But what is the scenario from a Chinese point of view? Is China a capitalist country with a communist coat or a communist country with capitalist coat? Is it is slowly peeling off one communist layer after the other in preparation for slipping into the capitalist coat held by the West? No, this will not happen.

After 30 years of selectively embracing knowledge from the world and re-interpreting Chinese ancient wisdom and experience, China is walking its own political path, creating a whole new political, social/economic model. This model allows strategic planning as well as flexibility in changing conditions. It combines the advantages of continuity in leadership with bottom-up participation.

Can the Chinese model successfully increase wealth and sustain political stability of a fifth of the worlds population? Is it possible that capitalism and big government fit together in ways that are hard for the West to envision? Will the Chinese become a tempting counter-model for countries in the third world - one that could over time constitute a real challenge for the Western democratic way of governing?

With Western democracies in crisis, what can the West learn from the Chinese model?

What is "The China Strategy" and How Can You Use It to Succeed?

Chinas rise is evident in almost every field. Since 1990 its economy has moved from # 137 in the world to # 3 in the world. 450 of the Fortune 500 companies are investing in and have a presence in China, Chinas foreign-exchange reserves have risen to 2 trillion; 2/3 of the economy is now in the private sector. Strategically efficient in its political strategies and economic vigor, when will it become a challenger to Americas leading political position and economic competitiveness?

What is the secret behind building world-class infrastructure, majestic cities, state-of-the-art airports and establishing globally competitive enterprises in record time? What can we learn from Chinas strategy? How will Chinas determination to become the innovation country of the world impact on Americas corporate world?

While China will take two or three decades to catch up with the Unites States, if it ever does, no viable decision can be made without taking Chinas economic and political rise into account.

The Chinese Way of Leadership

Even Chinas harshest critics are beginning to admit the remarkable qualities of Chinas leadership in the fast evolution from a dirt poor country to a major global player in only 30 years? What enabled China to turn a demoralized, patronized and poorly educated workforce in a country of a billion people to become proactive and competitive?

China has reinvented itself as if it were a huge enterprise. It has developed leadership principles which are focusing on a change in thinking rather than detailed directives. The enterprise developed a culture which fit the demands of the enterprise and pointedthe workforce in the direction of modernity and wealth. Economically and politically Chinas leadership and its people have quickly moved from imitation to innovation.

The Chinese leadership model is context-oriented. It focuses more on the environment in which decisions are made than on having specific answers. Western seminars and trainings which for decades have been based exclusively on Western theories and practices could gain from exposure to the fresh and successful Chinese leadership model using the following subjects:

Emancipating minds for innovation and growth

Balancing top-down leadership with bottom-up initiatives

Establishing strategies and delegating implementation

Managing uncertainty through contextual leadership

Leveraging diversity to manage complexity

Developing global mindsets

Balancing personal and global paradoxes

Becoming a values-driven leader

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