For the third time in the history of humanity, civilization is undergoing phase change.  The first time was the Agricultural Revolution, the second the Industrial Revolution, and we are now in the midst of the Autonomous Revolution.  When civilizations undergo phase change, their institutions change form, obey different rules, use different processes, and our intuition fails us.

The speakers explain why nearly all of the dominant institutions of the 21st century seem to be in existential crises, political leadership everywhere seems lacking, growing challenges  seem increasingly insolvable, and what to do about it.


About the Speaker

Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and a venture investor for more than 50 years. He founded Mohr, Davidow Ventures in 1985. He is the author of five books–Marketing High Technology, Overconnected and a co-author of Total Customer Service, The Virtual Corporation, and The Autonomous Civilization. While at Intel Corp., Bill served as senior vice president of marketing and sales, vice president of the microcomputer division and vice president of the microcomputer systems division. Prior to Intel Corp., Bill worked in various managerial positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric. Bill’s community involvement extends to serving on the boards of California Institute of Technology, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and The California Nature Conservancy. He also sits on the Board of  Overseers of  the UCSF Medical Foundation. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College—summa cum laude, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from both Dartmouth College and the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Michael S. Malone is an author, journalist and television host. After earning two degrees from Santa Clara University, he joined the San Jose Mercury-News as the world’s first daily high tech reporter. There, he was nominated twice for Pulitzer Prizes in investigative reporting. Malone has been a columnist for the New York Times, ABCNews and Forbes. At Forbes, he was editor-in-chief of the nation’s largest circulation high tech business magazine, Forbes ASAP. Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty books of business, history and biography, including several best-sellers. The host of four PBS interview series, he was co-producer and writer of the Emmy-nominated PBS primetime miniseries The New Heroes. A founding shareholder of several successful Silicon Valley start-ups, including eBay, in 2010 Malone was among the first to receive SCU’s Leader’s Legacy Award. For creating the Silicon Valley comes to Oxford program, now the largest event for entrepreneurs in Europe, Malone was named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford and Associate Fellow at Said business school. A regular op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Malone has three books slated for publication in the next year.