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Learn More About Ari Wallach
While society may seem divided in many respects, we can all agree that the need to solve some of the world’s biggest problems is urgent. And as more and more young people demand that organizations of all shapes and sizes focus on purpose and sustainability, how can leaders get everyone in an organization – from the C-suites to the front-lines – to think about the long-term effects of their decisions, not only to keep people happy today, but to ensure we all become great ancestors to future generations?
Applied futurist and social systems strategist Ari Wallach, founder and executive director of Longpath Labs, helps organizations and individuals discover and leverage a new version of “why” for their work that leads to deeper and more meaningful motivations for all stakeholders – employees, customers, communities and future generations. By advocating for what he calls a “transgenerational ethic,” a big picture understanding of our place in the world and how we can contribute to future generations, Wallach helps leaders build strategic decision-making capabilities that go beyond the quarterly or annual review to ensure long-term impact.
“Transgenerational thinking, which is really transgenerational ethics, allows you to expand how you think about the bigger problems in the world and what role you can play in solving them,” says Wallach, former adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. “‘Longpath’ is a verb: to Longpath means to actively counter our instinct for short-termism by making decisions today that create far futures where humans, ecosystems and planet flourish.”
Wallach illuminates his ideas with clarity and eloquence in his latest TED Talk, “3 Ways to Plan for the (Very) Long Term,” which has been viewed more than 2.6 million times. He will expand upon the talk in his upcoming book, “Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs – An Antidote for Short-Termism” (Harper Collins, August 2022).
An expert strategist, Wallach has worked with clients as diverse as CNN, VW, Sephora, The U.S. State Department, The U.N. Refugee Agency and Deepak Chopra, among others. In 2008, he co-founded the presidential initiative, “The Great Schlep with Sarah Silverman,” whose eponymous video garnered more than 350 million global media impressions and started a national conversation about race, faith and democracy.
“Instead of operating with a short-term mindset, trying to beat our competitors to the future, we should first envision the best possible world for everyone and move humanistically in that direction,” says Wallach. “Being at the forefront of innovation means aligning practices with what’s good for the world at large. Together, we can become the ancestors the future needs.”
Ari Wallach is a former adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where he lectured on innovation, AI, and the future of governance and public policy. He is the creator and founding director of INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club, one of the nation’s largest non-partisan public affairs forums for young people, as well as founder of re:think media. Most recently, he served as Fast Company’s expert on emerging trends in business and culture.
Wallach sits on a number of advisory and non-profit boards across North America, including CNBC Disruptor 50, 70 Faces Media, blankonblank.org, the Racial Equity 2030 Challenge and the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at U.C. Berkeley. He is a former commissioner for the city of Berkeley in California and a Coro Fellow in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley.
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Cultivating Purpose-Driven, Empathetic Organizations and Leaders
With original frameworks, novel research and refreshing candor, applied futurist and social systems strategist Ari Wallach, founder and executive director of Longpath Labs, imparts a macroscopic view of world trends and how businesses will both impact and be impacted by them. Working with participants to identify opportunities for cultural and business realignment, Wallach shares insights about overcoming short-termism, instituting healthy long-term practices and weathering the world’s changes with grace. With a focus on locating meaning in work, Wallach’s workshop gives participants an opportunity to deconstruct and clarify the purpose behind the everyday in order to become better citizens of the world.