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Thought Leader: Steve Coll

Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll is dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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  • WHAT’S DISTINCT distinct

    The connectivity, the pace at which computer power and telecommunications are changing the way information flows, the speed at which it flows, the amount of information that's available, and its effect on public life. Volatility, I think, is one implication. You create volatility.

  • CHALLENGES challenges

    Poverty and inequality, the gap between those who have benefited from globalization and industrialization, and those who have not.

  • GLOBAL ETHICS ethics

    I do believe there is a global ethic. It has to do with the dignity of individuals, the right to security and liberty, both. I do believe that the human condition in its social setting is universal enough to give rise to global rights and global ethics.

  • LEADERSHIP leadership

    The construction of a common vision of our shared public spaces and our shared planet. Leaders of institutions have an obligation to think beyond their institutions about the whole that we share.