The LEWIS Advisory Board (LAB) looks beyond the event horizon to identify business, political, economic and cultural trends. It does this by drawing on leaders from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The LAB was founded by Chris Lewis and Dr Pippa Malmgren, a US Presidential adviser and global economist.
The LAB was inspired by two books - firstly, Dr. Malmgren’s book Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World's Turbulent Economy, which helps leaders spot trends and achieve greater situational awareness. Secondly, Chris’s recent book, Too Fast To Think. In this, he speculated about why a world dominated by analytical thinkers and researchers was being surprised by events that ‘came out of left field’. The LAB is therefore an attempt to blend ‘drill down’ with ‘look across’ thinking: “The world is in the grip of a volatility brought about by Brexit, US political change and global economic concerns. This is breeding short-term thinking and inefficiencies. Never has there been a better time for people to get together across all vertical sectors to compare, discuss and build a global narrative”, he said recently.
The LAB was piloted in California in January 2017 and host by invitation-only roundtables around the world every quarter. It will issue white papers summarizing the main conclusions from each discussion. All comments and contributions are taken on a “Chatham House Rules" basis. Over 40 leaders have contributed so far from a variety of backgrounds including scientists, politicians, economists, artists, academics and military leaders.
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