Andrew Zolli

TAGS: Big Data, Futurist, Innovation, Leadership, Sustainability

Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli is Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer of PopTech, an organization that brings together a community of innovators from different fields to share ideas and to work on new approaches to some of the world’s toughest problems. PopTech identifies and trains some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, working on unimaginable projects. By collaborating on truly world-changing projects, they are doing things nobody has ever tried before, in areas like public health, climate, and violence cessation. Together, Zolli and PopTech are crafting a new, collaborative approach to discovery and social change.



    Resilience and Transformation: Thriving in an Age of Volatility

    In an time of profound and sustained disruption and volatility, organizations need greater agility, innovation, and creativity than ever before. In this session, Andrew Zolli will provide a big-picture view of critical trends and forces of change shaping the decade to come, discuss the biases that limit our understanding and ensure surprises, and explore the new ways in which organizations are creating more resilient organizational strategies and cultures.

    Work, Reimagined.

    We are living at a transformational time in the world of work. Changing demographics are reshaping the talent pool. The rise of contingent labor is remaking the relationship between workers and companies. New technologies have made it easier to collaborate than ever before, leading to more project-based work. The physical environments where work happens are being rethought and reimagined. The way we work, create, and solve problems together will never be the same. In this enlightening and engaging talk, Andrew explores the forces that are remaking the world of work, and the kinds of practical skills and new sensibilities leaders need to harness and master them.

    Making the Invisible Visible: The Promise and Paradoxes of (Big) Data

    This presentation explores the amazing, new ways in which companies, ngo’s, cities and other groups are collecting and harnessing data, the limits of what data can tell us, the ways we often make mistakes when handling it, and the ways in which organizations are developing their data literacy, to find customers, create value, and innovate for the future.

    Design, Technology and Transformation in Financial Services

    Connected revolutions - in behavioral economics, emerging technology, design and financial innovation - promise to transform financial services in the decade to come. These emerging forces of change will bring with them unprecedented new ways to store and transmit value, allocate and understand risk, and create a more inclusive and healthy consumer financial system. This presentation will take you on a “walking tour” of key technology trends, behavioral science research, and real-world examples that point the way.

    Toward the Better Banked: Where Financial Inclusion Goes Next

    Today, an astounding 28 percent of U.S. households, more than 68 million people, are ‘unbanked’ or ‘underbanked’ – lacking access even to a basic checking account – and the number swells when you include the ‘unhappily banked’. Yet this is also an incredibly fruitful and innovative moment for financial inclusion. New, agile, entrants are harnessing insights from behavioral science and design, and using new technologies to create engaging, culturally appropriate financial services that meet the real needs of financially marginalized people. This entertaining and engaging presentation will lay out key insights and examples, from within the world of financial services and well beyond, for charting a new, more inclusive financial system.

  • Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

    IN THIS TIME OF TURBULENCE, scientists, economists, social innovators, leaders, and citizens alike are asking the same basic questions: What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers—for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole?

    The answers to these vital questions are shaping a new field of inquiry, and a new agenda, focused on resilience: the ability of people, communities, and systems to maintain their core purpose and integrity amid unforeseen shocks and surprises... MORE →


  • Video: Keynote clip
  • Resilience: Key Ideas Videos
  • Essay: The Verbs of Resilience
  • NPR's Talk of the Nation on Resilience
  • @andrew_zolli: Follow Andrew on Twitter