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The Circuit: Thinking About Tomorrow

by Kate Burns

The Circuit 

LEading authorities' round up of thought leadership, trends, and personalities on the speaking circuit


What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You (??)
It’s always better to know what you don’t know—right? In a recent blog post for Leading Authorities, associate editor of RealClearPolitics A.B. Stoddard outlined 10 “known un-knowns” of the 2018 midterms. She discusses the 10 factors in play that will influence voters and determine the congressional make up headed into 2020. While there are a few unsurprising items on the list (think Mueller investigation and North Korea) she also describes the Obama Effect and the Trump Effect on either ends of the spectrum. And, she’s not ruling out any October surprises.


Who’s In Charge Around Here?
Is technology running your life? In a world where we interrupt our thought processes to send an email an average of 77 times a day, and allow our screen time to disturb our sleep rhythms, is there a solution that doesn’t leave us disconnected and left behind? Last week, Washington Post columnist and tech futurist Vivek Wadhwa released his new book, Your Happiness was Hacked: Why Tech is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain and How to Fight Back. Wadhwa provides a guide to the tools we can use to regain control and what the next generation of technology will be incorporating to be more humane.


Be Proud of What You Stand For
Co-founder and chief purpose officer of The Honest Company Christopher Gavigan gave an interview on “building a unicorn company.” Sharing his secrets to success, Gavigan encourages people to learn to manage relationships and lead with their hearts. Think questions like: “Do people want to work with you? Are you someone who can energize others?” He connects success to compassion and purpose and challenges tomorrow’s entrepreneurs to take on tough challenges like energy security and population growth.

Back to today - with two bonus fun things from inside the Beltway:


If you are a political junkie whose been focused on the midterm elections since Inauguration Day, you know about Nathan Gonzales and follow his election forecasting. Analysts like Nathan have been sitting down with candidates face-to-face for years to get to know them. Nathan recently shared this video about what those interviews are like, and what to expect if you ever find yourself in the candidate hot seat.


Meet the Press host Chuck Todd recently shared his tips for fighting DC dreariness with Washingtonian Magazine. His secret? Escape by putting one foot in front of the other.

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