Late last month, I was honored to be a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival about my book Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy. The Festival, which the Aspen Institute began in 2005, invites a wide array of thinkers and doers from around the world to present their research or performances in an unusually scenic environment, and in front of super smart and challenging attendees. At this year’s festival, the big-name speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of State John Kerry, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. I learned a great deal from the sessions I attended on food insecurity, criminal justice reform, and the expanding universe—I even got to observe evidence of this at night through high-powered telescopes.
I’m sharing a recording of my presentation at Aspen primarily because it was run by the brilliant veteran journalist James Fallows, who graciously provided a blurb for my book ten months ago. He is the gold standard for making a book talk compelling and relevant for the audience. The question-and-answer session with the audience was also spirited and enlightening, at least for me. Overall, a highlight of my career.