Ted Fishman | Expert on International Business; Author of China, Inc.

Ted Fishman

Expert on International Business; Author of China, Inc.

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Ted Fishman

Ted C. Fishman's bestselling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the
Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe
for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and
businesses of people everywhere. In addition to its success in
America, the book, translated and published in 24 languages, is an international bestseller. There are Chinese editions in both The People's Republic and Taiwan, where the book has gained an enthusiastic following. Fishman has testified before Senate and Congressional committees and commissions and consults on China with a wide range of government officials, including some of the America's most influential office holders. His essays and reports appear in many of the world's most prominent journals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Esquire, USA Today, GQ, The Times of London, Money, Worth, INC, Business 2.0, German GEO and Chicago Magazine. Ted Fishman's commentaries have been featured on Public Radio International's This American Life and American Public Media's Marketplace.

Fishman's writing is noted for taking seemingly vastly complex topics
and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audience.
Fishman is particularly interested in how big global economic trends
bare on people's everyday experience. Ted Fishman has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, NBC's Today Show, CNN, Fox, CNBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC and Sky News (UK). Fishman has also served as guest lecturer at some of the world's leading universities, and helped run and design an executive MBA program on China, and in China, for a top-tier U.S. business school. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own trading firm until 1992. He has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia.

Ted Fishman is a graduate of Princeton University. He lives in Chicago.

Ted Fishman
Featured Keynote Programs

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 C. 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 C. 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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