15 December, 2020

The first Covid-19 vaccines are now being readied for distribution. We can glimpse the beginning of the end of the pandemic. After an incredibly challenging year, in this episode we explored the landscape that will begin to emerge in 2021. This was a special year-end episode, twenty minutes longer than the usual hour.

We discussed:

  • lessons learned from 2020
  • decentralization in life, work, and education
  • the post-pandemic enterprise
  • post-pandemic business models
  • post-pandemic geopolitics and trade
  • changes in cultures and attitudes

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Frode L. Odegard is the CEO and Founder of the Post-Lean Institute and the Founder of the Post-Industrial Forum. His focus is on developing a new post-industrial management science. Frode studies how corporates, investors and policymakers can best navigate humanity’s transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy.

Frode is the author of a forthcoming book on the post-industrial transition and speaks to international corporate and investor audiences. His last keynote before the pandemic was in front of a PE audience with a total AUM of $4.3 trillion. The Post-Lean Institute provides educational, advisory, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity.

A serial entrepreneur since his high school years, Frode’s multi-disciplinary background stretches from theoretical computer science to the boardroom. He has a deep background in organizational design and a passion for history, linguistics, disruptive technologies, and philosophy. When not at work, he is usually in the dojo practicing traditional Iwama style Aikido.

Dr. Julie Albright,  Digital Sociologist, USC

Dr. Albright has spent her career looking at the digital transformation of society. She is a lecturer at USC in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Applied Psychology Departments, where she teaches courses on interactive media and sustainable infrastructure.

Dr. Albright’s newest book explores the impacts of digital technologies on traditional social structures and behaviors. Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream was published in April 2019  and chosen a Bloomberg Top 30 Book of the Year.

Dr. Albright is widely sought for her insights on how technology is shaping society. She has appeared on many national television programs including the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Nat Geo, CBS, and NPR. She has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek, among others.

Fred Thiel
Chairman and Chief Advisor, Thiel Advisor

Fred is a senior trusted advisor to management teams, boards of directors, private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies. Fred sits on a number private and public company boards, including Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA), OptConnect, GateKeeper Systems, Oden Technologies, NoCell Technologies, Sequent Software, and Dorner Manufacturing.

Fred has over 25 years operating experience leading companies in the technology, data communications, Internet, IoT, AI, automation, Big Data, digital media and software industries.  As a CEO, he has led companies through rapid growth to IPO, repositioned companies for high value exits to strategic and financial acquirers, led M&A and roll-up strategies, as well as successfully executed corporate turn-arounds and wind downs. Fred has repeatedly driven rapid growth and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value.

Fred is a respected expert and frequent speaker on the digital transformation of companies and industries. He provides deep technology industry expertise, and strategic advice on transformational value creation – the process of generating exponential growth in  shareholder value.  Fred  is also frequent speaker and futurist in the areas of IoT, smart systems, collaborative and autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, digital humans, financial technology, blockchain, next-generation payment systems, predictive analytics and Big Data.

Fred is a 20 year member of Young President’s Organization (YPO), and the immediate past Chair of the YPO Technology Network. He attended classes at the Stockholm School of Economics and executive classes at Harvard Business School. Fred is fluent in English, Spanish, Swedish and French. Fred is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors at the Post-Lean Institute.

About the Post-Industrial Forum

Brought to you by the Post-Lean Institute in collaboration with industry partners, the Post-Industrial Forum is a unique global community with the purpose of developing and promoting a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Members include corporate executives, board members, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and experts in various fields.