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Johan Norberg - Keynote Speaker

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What do you see when you scroll through the news? For many of us, the answer is chaos – a disheartening mishmash of catastrophes and corruption, a tidal wave of bad news and big trends threatening our very future. We know this is not the entire story. We need the bigger picture.

Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker who specializes in the big questions, from liberty and progress to entrepreneurship, globalization and the hidden dichotomies shaping the world. He is a native of Sweden, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media. In 2018 he received the Walter Judd Freedom Award, previously awarded to luminaries such as Garry Kasparov and Ronald Reagan.

Johan Norberg has written 20 books covering a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. The breakthrough came with In Defence of Global Capitalism (2003), published in more than 25 countries. His latest book, Open – The Story of Human Progress (2020), is a grand odyssey through history’s ever-changing tides of connection and isolation, exchange and protectionism, open borders and closed minds. It has been praised by The Economist as ”amusing as well as illuminating”, ”clear, colorful and convincing”.

His book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016) was chosen as the Book of the Year by The Economist, Guardian and Observer. It has been translated to 20 languages (so far). The Economist calls it “a tornado of evidence… a blast of good sense” and The Times writes: “Norberg has a strong case and he makes it with energy and charm. A pertinent book for grumpy times.”

He is a passionate, experienced and acclaimed speaker with engagements from Stockholm to Sydney, from Buenos Aires to Beijing and from Cairo to Capitol Hill on subjects like liberty, progress, entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization. Johan Norberg has been particularly celebrated for his ability to make complex ideas easily accessible and challenge his audience with truly sharp thinking for a rapidly changing world.

Popular topics: Progress: Ten reasons to look forward to the future

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