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From the McKinsey Global Institute, conversations with today’s thought leaders to inspire tomorrow. Co-hosts Michael Chui and Anna Bernasek interview innovative thinkers and industry pioneers to explore the trends reshaping the global economy today and the future.

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Forward Thinking on artificial intelligence with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott

– How could AI help create jobs even in rural areas, and what would it take? In this podcast episode, Kevin Scott shares his ideas with James Manyika.

Recent Episodes

Forward Thinking on measuring GDP and productivity with Diane Coyle

– “If you look back at episodes of these periods when there has been technical change, and some big cataclysmic event in the economy, things end up being quite different a bit later.”

Forward Thinking on unemployment with Sir Christopher Pissarides

– The Nobel Prize–winning economist talks job loss and creation after the pandemic, plus what economic researchers should be addressing today.

Forward Thinking on the Bio Revolution with Jason Kelly and Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath

– The leaders of Ginkgo Bioworks and the BIO organization discuss the future of biological technologies, from developing vaccines faster to changing how we produce food.

A happy warrior: Mellody Hobson on mentorship, diversity, and feedback

– The co-CEO of Ariel Investments shares honest thoughts about pushing for diversity in corporate America and reflects on her path to success.

Programming life: An interview with Jennifer Doudna

– The co-discoverer of CRISPR-Cas9 speaks with partner Michael Chui about how genetics technology can expand coronavirus testing and what the future holds for the Bio Revolution.

Related Research

The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives

– Advances in biological science could transform economies and societies, helping to tackle global challenges from climate change to pandemics.

Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?

– Bold innovation by some firms under pressure of the pandemic could deliver a productivity dividend, but that depends on corporate action broadening and robust demand.

The consumer demand recovery and lasting effects of COVID-19

– The pandemic led to an unprecedented consumption shock across countries that upended long-standing consumer habits. But what happens once the pandemic is over?

The future of work after COVID-19

– The pandemic accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, with up to 25 percent more workers than previously estimated potentially needing to switch occupations.

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