New York Times Columnist & Author
Anand Giridharadas is a writer. He is the author, most recently, of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him (optioned for movie adaption by Annapurna Pictures). In 2011 he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” about returning to the India his parents left. Read More >
Hopeful for a More Globalized Society
Truth is Social: How Technology Has Changed Perceptions of Reality
The Digital Soul: The Spread of Digital Life
Interview with CNN
TEDTalk: A Tale of Two Americas. And the Mini-mart Where They Collided
Anand Giridharadas, author of the accomplished India Calling, has released his intriguing new book entitled The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014). In this speech for college audiences, literary groups and others, Giridharadas discusses his book and the themes of racism, immigration and learning what it means to be a “true American.” He tells the story of the fateful encounter between Mark Stroman, a racist ex-con in Dallas who went on a killing spree targeting men he wrongly thought were Arabs after 9/11, and Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi-born convenience-store clerk who was shot by Stroman, but survived. The True American is a deeply moving exploration of the American dream and its many dimensions, making us all question how – or whether – we choose what we become.
We live in a world that is changing what it means to lead. In this gripping presentation, Anand Giridharadas draws on his reporting around the world, interviews with leaders, and analysis to reveal how old ways of leadership are being overthrown and replaced by new methods. He will talk about the shift from leading by doing to leading by catalyzing, from power over others to power with them and from top-down to bottom-up. Giridharadas also discusses how technology and social media are changing the old power equations and what it means to be a leader in a world in which people want to be part of communities and have a say in what is offered to them by companies, governments, and more. He will explore how globalization creates a need for new leadership qualities favored in a multicultural world. This includes empathy for other cultures, being comfortable with incompatible truths and the ability to speak in multiple voices and registers. By sharing reflections on what it means to think like a truly global leader, Giridharadas helps audiences transcend a narrow Western lens. Are you prepared to lead in this new world?
The reigning picture of innovation in people’s minds is a couple of geeks with an idea in Silicon Valley and a big, wealthy venture capital firm to back them. But the where, who, what, and how of innovation is changing, and the picture is becoming more complicated. Anand Giridharadas has traveled the world speaking with innovators and the people they serve. In this important talk, he argues that the most important innovation is happening far from the Valley. Instead, it is taking place in the developing world, where people are inventing low-cost products such as $100 heart surgeries to refrigerators that don’t require electricity to $2,500 cars from Tata and more. He also speaks about how social innovation is a new frontier along with its promise and limitations. Giridharadas uses his expertise to discuss the most urgent problems our country faces as a wakeup call to innovate its way out of the prospect of decline. Finally, he explores the need for innovation, the challenge of innovating better conversations and the new forces that are making it possible for anyone, anywhere, to innovate—with all the promise that implies some perils, too.
Does your business have a burning desire to transform into a global enterprise? Whether you are a manager, leader, executive, etc., then this compelling talk will provide you with all of the right tools to succeed. Anand Giridharadas’ lectures on the need to think globally in today’s society and tackles the question of if one is not born global, how can this feat be achieved? Having reported from India, China, Norway, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria, and the United States, Giridharadas can draw very personally from his own powerful experiences of going into alien communities, fitting in and making people trust him. Through inspiring, applicable stories, he encourages businesses to learn to think globally with helpful exercises, travel suggestions, book suggestions and how to read them and proposing different frameworks for your company. In this customizable speech, Giridharadas also offers a world tour of some of the major changes around the world and how your business can adapt to them.
"Anand's presentation was excellent. Few presenters can alternate humor and seriousness as ably as he did - his talk was both moving and entertaining. I appreciated that he had included some reflections on current events and thoughts related to his upcoming work. He generously stayed to attend the reception with the Ambassador from India, and made himself available to talk with the crowd. I'd be delighted to work with him again, and hope you will keep us updated on his future projects and availabilities. Thank you!"
"Anand, thank you very much for sharing your world with us at University Women’s Club. Besides being a brilliant and creative thinker, you are a gracious and generous person. Members and their guests are still talking about the ideas you raised. Thank you for sharing your very special lens through which you see a radically changing world."