With his New York Times bestseller The Long Tail, he named the rise of the niche as a powerful new force in our economy—why the future of business is selling small quantities of more things to the few people who want those things; how all of those small communities together make up a vast market potential, and how the efficiencies of digital and web technology make it possible.
Now Chris has published Free: The Past and Future of a Radical Price, originally as an article in Wired magazine, and as a book that has generated incredible interest, buzz and debate. In his presentations based on this research, Chris explains why FREE is the future of business and how to thrive through freeconomics—what business models look like when free has emerged as a full-fledge economy.
Chris Anderson is the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. He worked at The Economist for seven years in various positions and served as an editor at the two premier science journals, Science and Nature. Education background in physics, including research at Los Alamos.
Ian began his career as a photographer. Mentored by Ansel Adams, he quickly became one of Canada's leading corporate photographers.
In 1995, Ian co-founded digIT Interactive, a full-service Internet marketing company. After selling digIT Interactive in 2000, Ian sought a more meaningful endeavour and in 2001 founded Feel Good Cars, an electric car company (now ZENN Motor Company). ZENN Motor Company is currently developing highway capable vehicles, the cityZENN, and their ZENNergy™ drive powertrains. ZMC’s exclusive relationship with EEStor, a Texas-based energy storage company ensures that they are well-positioned to be the global leader in developing zero emission transportation solutions for markets around the world.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Dr. Homer-Dixon received a BA from Carleton University in Ottawa and a PhD from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts – where he studied international relations, defense and arms control policy, cognitive science, and conflict theory.
Dr. Homer-Dixon’s most recent book, The Upside of Down has received numerous literary awards. Ranked as the #1 Non-Fiction Best Seller in Canada by Maclean’s magazine, it has also made The Globe and Mail Top 100 List in 2006, and received the 2006 National Business Book Award.
Dr. Homer-Dixon frequently offers expert commentary to national and international news media outlets including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Chicago Public Radio. In May 2008, American science journalist John Horgan interviewed Thomas Homer-Dixon on BloggingheadsTV on The Upside of Down and the energy and climate challenges facing humankind.
Belinda has long been a prominent public figure in Canada and beyond. In 2002, Belinda was ranked #2 by Fortune magazine in its list of the world’s most powerful women in business – and was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”. In 2004, TIME magazine ranked Belinda as one of the world’s 100 most influential people – and in 2005 the World Economic Forum named her a member of its network of global young leaders.
Moving from business success and community involvement, Belinda entered public life to represent the community where she has lived most of her life. First elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2004 general election (and subsequently re-elected in 2006), she served as Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora.
At the invitation of the Prime Minister, she joined the federal Cabinet in 2005 and assumed responsibility for three separate portfolios: Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development; Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal; and Minister responsible for Service Canada. She declined to seek a third term in office in the 2008 election.
As Executive Vice-Chairman of Magna International Inc., Belinda continues to play a key management role at one of the largest global suppliers of automotive systems and components in the world. During her time as former President and CEO of Magna, the company had record sales and profits and its stock price nearly doubled in value.
In 2006, together with Canadian television personality Rick Mercer, Belinda co-founded Spread the Net, a national grassroots fundraising campaign aimed at combating malaria in Africa.
Following her personal experience with breast cancer in the spring 2007, she became patron of the Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery at the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.
In 2008, Belinda received the Paul Harris Award – one of the highest honours that Rotary can bestow on an individual – in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the ideals of the Rotary service club organization.