35 episodes

Forward Thinking examines groundbreaking ways in which the world is evolving and how people and organizations can respond to changing demands and technologies. In each episode theorists, innovators, and business leaders discuss global trends—technology, artificial intelligence, globalization, urbanization, climate change, and more—with hosts Michael Chui and Janet Bush of the McKinsey Global Institute.

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Forward Thinking examines groundbreaking ways in which the world is evolving and how people and organizations can respond to changing demands and technologies. In each episode theorists, innovators, and business leaders discuss global trends—technology, artificial intelligence, globalization, urbanization, climate change, and more—with hosts Michael Chui and Janet Bush of the McKinsey Global Institute.

    Forward Thinking on measuring the value of the digital age with Avinash Collis

    Forward Thinking on measuring the value of the digital age with Avinash Collis

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, co-host Michael Chui talks with Avinash Collis, professor of digital economy at The University of Texas at Austin, and Digital Fellow at Stanford and MIT. He covers topics including:
    — One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century
    — How to run economics experiments to figure out how much digital services are worth
    — How much value digital services provide that GDP doesn’t capture
    This conversation was recorded in April 2022. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/AviCollis

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    • 41 min
    Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, guest interviewer Acha Leke talks with Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala. Acha Leke is a McKinsey senior partner in Johannesburg and is chairman of McKinsey’s Africa region. Okonjo-Iweala became director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March 2021—the first woman and the first African to serve in this role.
    Okonjo-Iweala talks about her first few months leading the WTO and some of the initiatives underway, and discusses the challenge of inclusive and sustainable growth in the years ahead. She answers questions including:
    — How has the COVID-19 crisis affected world trade?
    — As trade rebounds, what will it take to ensure that trade patterns are much more inclusive?
    — How do emerging economies ensure that they have the access they need to vaccines and build the capacity to manufacture them? What role can trade and the WTO have?
    — What is the interplay between growth, inclusivity, and sustainability?
    — What else do we need to do to ensure that women and SMEs have access to trade?
    — What do you see as some of the opportunities emerging from the pandemic crisis?
    This conversation was recorded in December 2021. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: mck.co/NgoziOkonjoIweala
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    • 27 min
    Forward Thinking on democratizing technology with Anne-Marie Imafidon

    Forward Thinking on democratizing technology with Anne-Marie Imafidon

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, Janet Bush talks with British mathematician and technologist Anne‑Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes, a social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in STEM sectors.
    Imafidon invokes the “herstory” of stellar female technologists, such as Gladys West, who contributed to the development of GPS; Hedy Lamarr, whose work on frequency-hopping spectrum technology enabled Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; and Stephanie Kwolek, who created the first ultra-strong synthetic fibers, Kevlar being the best-known. In a rallying call for inclusion in a technologically driven world, Imafidon talks about persistent bias in data collection and algorithms that are making very big decisions that affect large parts of people’s lives. The stakes are very, very high, and we need to get this right, she states.
    This conversation was recorded in February 2022. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/Imafidon
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    • 38 min
    Forward Thinking on the growing role of business in the net-zero transition with Claire O’Neill

    Forward Thinking on the growing role of business in the net-zero transition with Claire O’Neill

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, co-host Janet Bush speaks with Claire O’Neill. While serving as a minister in the British government, O’Neill led the United Kingdom’s winning bid to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in 2021. After leaving politics, she joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) where she works closely with companies on the net-zero transition, the subject of a major recent study by MGI, McKinsey Sustainability, and McKinsey’s Advanced Industries and Global Energy and Materials practices. She covers topics including the following:
    ● COP26 outcomes
    ● The potential impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on progress toward net zero
    ● How businesses are mobilizing for sustainability
    This conversation was recorded in March 2022. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/ClaireONeill
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    • 37 min
    Forward Thinking on tech and the unpredictability of prediction with Benedict Evans

    Forward Thinking on tech and the unpredictability of prediction with Benedict Evans

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, Michael Chui talks with Benedict Evans, an independent technology analyst. Evans covers topics including the following:
    ● The generational shifts in technology that occur every 15 years or so
    ● What characterizes a “universal product”
    ● Why Web3 generates the most polarizing views among senior tech people
    ● Whether tech is becoming a regulated industry
    This conversation was recorded in February 2022. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/BenedictEvans
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    • 39 min
    Forward Thinking on sustainable and inclusive growth with Ron O’Hanley

    Forward Thinking on sustainable and inclusive growth with Ron O’Hanley

    In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, guest interviewer Jonathan Woetzel talks with Ron O’Hanley, president and CEO of State Street Corporation, a major servicer and manager of institutional assets.
    State Street has committed to making its portfolios carbon neutral by 2050, and O’Hanley talks about how his own organization is trying to meet that target but also helping customers to develop sustainability strategies. Among other topics on his mind are the pandemic, which dramatically illuminated vulnerabilities in societal linkages; the growth potential of digital finance; and the importance of affordable housing. He answers questions including the following:
    ● What will it take to make State Street’s portfolios carbon neutral by 2050?
    ● How will advances agreed at COP26 in Glasgow affect the climate agenda and State Street’s business?
    ● How does stepped-up investment in digital finance lead to growth?
    ● Is there a trade-off between growth and inclusivity?
    ● What are policy unlocks needed to create a sustainable, inclusive growth cycle?
    This conversation was recorded in December 2021. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/RonOHanley
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