Ted Fishman

Ted Fishman

Speaker: Ted Fishman

With hands-on experience and a global perspective, Ted Fishman educates audiences about the world-changing effects of China’s rapid growth


  • The Urgency of China: How the China’s Next Act Changes Our World
  • Gray New World
  • Small Places, Big Advantages

Ted Fishman’s best-selling book, China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, describes the effects of China’s momentous change on the global economy. Fishman is fluent in the major economic trends and predicts what the economy has in store for your future. A former floor trader, Fishman ran his own trading firm and has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia. His presentations combine engaging story telling with wide-ranging knowledge about the world economy, putting into context his audiences’ top concerns: off-shoring, Asia’s buying power, the rapid innovation and technology advances, education, population growth increasing market demand and growing American businesses in a non capitalistic economy. Fishman takes complex topics of economy and business and relates them directly to your industry. Both entertaining and informative, Fishman shows how in a single generation China shifted from an agrarian society to a global business power, and what this dramatic shift means for the U.S. and the global economy. Also the author of Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World’s Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation (October 2010), Fishman is regularly consulted by major news networks and his reports appear in the world’s most prominent journals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, USA Today, GQ, The Times of London and Business 2.0.

The Urgency of China: How the China’s Next Act Changes Our World

No country–since the rise of the United States–has ever challenged the rest of the world on so many fronts as the rise of China does today. Ted Fishman explores the dynamic behind China’s rise and how the vast changes in that country change life for the rest of us as workers, managers, consumers, citizens and even as parents. In the wake of the global financial crisis, China has embarked on the most ambition stimulus plan and infrastructure building effort in the world. It is also vastly expanding it education system so help push the nation and its people to the top of world economy. The stakes are enormously high for people everywhere, and nothing about China’s continual rise is assured. Fishman explores the fundamental drivers of China’s push and what the rest of the world must do to insure that China’s drive creates prosperity at home, in the United States or wherever home may be. With urgency, humor and insight, Fishman brings China’s next stage vividly home.

Gray New World

Two remarkable, recent facts separate our age from every other. Nearly everywhere in the world families are shrinking dramatically in size and people are living longer than ever before. Through story, statistics and keen analysis, Ted Fishman makes a powerful case that these two historic changes lie at the heart of nearly every major social and economic trend today, driving globalization and propelling the movement of money, goods and people. The average age of people in the industrialized world is climbing, and worldwide the population over 55 is vastly expanding. The populations of many countries at the heart of the world economy are shrinking. Workforces in Europe and East Asia will shrink by hundreds of millions of workers, and spur vast waves of immigration. Even the world economic crisis is inseparable from the big demographic shift. Understanding this immense, unprecedented change is essential to the stewardship of companies, organizations and communities that aim to endure and thrive. Fishman has traveled our grayer future and found what’s bright, what’s stormy, and he is creating a map we all will need to navigate a great change. Fishman’s book, on these themes will appear in 2010 from Scribner Books.

Small Places, Big Advantages

Smaller places can thrive in the global economy if they harness their best assets: strong community, committed boosters and close-knit networks. Ted Fishman whose book, China, Inc., describes the effects of changes in the world’s most populous country on people everywhere, explores how smaller places are uniquely poised to profit as the needs of large economies propel globalization. Fishman matches the strengths of smaller places with the needs of the world’s biggest economic actors. While not all small places thrive, nearly all of the world’s richest places (per capita) are small-scale places, and nearly all of the world’s most globalized economies, with highest skilled professional workforces are also small places. Fishman’s talks build on interviews and research into the economy of his local audiences. He provides insights that can serve, among others, communities, local economic development bodies, workforce boards, educational institutions, chambers of commerce and local industries looking to provide thought leadership in their communities.


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