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Gregg Easterbrook

Author and Contributing Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
  • Author of over 20 cover stories for the “Atlantic,” covering wide ranging topics such as politics, the economy and sports
  • Writer of the “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” column for
  • Discusses common misconceptions around economic change and shares his optimistic answer to the question “What’s next?”
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Economic Outlook

What’s next? This is the big question for business in a global economy, and it’s a question that Gregg Easterbrook confronts with careful optimism. The author of nine books, including The King of Sports, Sonic Boom, and the Leading Indicators, Easterbrook provides a guide for what to expect—and how to cope—with the chaotic, unpredictable, stress-inducing, well-informed, prosperous, and very smart future that is coming.

Easterbrook is a contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and the Washington Monthly, and he writes the “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” column for His work covers sports, pop culture, politics, the economy, and future trends, and he has written 20 cover stories for the Atlantic. In previous jobs, he has also been a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, a contributing editor of the New Republic, a political columnist for Reuters, a columnist for, an editor of the Washington Monthly, and a contributing editor to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

He approaches the arc of progress not with starry-eyed over-confidence but with the belief that we will all benefit from the growth of technology, the spread of communication, and the rise of productivity. The availability of information means more ideas, and the speed of economic growth means more possibilities. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Easterbrook believes that organizations that embrace this pace of change will have unlimited potential for success.

Embracing Change. Easterbrook’s presentations use striking facts and sharp anecdotes aimed at puncturing common misconceptions about economic change. He reveals how the rapid reconfiguration of resources can benefit all sorts of unexpected people and places. He believes that creativity and innovation must be allowed to grow and thrive, because economic growth is produced by new ideas. And while he allows that growing prosperity will also result in growing anxiety, such a by-product does not diminish his optimism about the coming economic boom.

A Rare Sense of Humor. As the contributing editor of the Atlantic, Easterbrook’s primary contributions focus on national politics and policy. He has also written, often with a rare sense of humor, on a wide range of topics including weapons systems, labor negotiations, poverty, electric power, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Easterbrook’s writing has appeared Newsweek, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. His previous books include The Progress Paradox, The Here and Now, Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Beside Still Waters, and A Moment on Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism.

Easterbrook was also a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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