Michele Wucker Spoke at TED on the “gray rhino,” the common obvious catastrophes

Michele Wucker, finance and policy strategist, founder and CEO of Gray Rhino & Company spoke at the TED Salon: Imagine If, a session of talks in partnership with the U.S. Air Force

Michele’s big idea was all about replacing the myth of the “black swan” with the reality of a “gray rhino” so we can face the warning signs of catastrophic events.

“Think about the obvious challenges in your own life and how you deal with them. Do you stick your head in the ground like an ostrich and ignore the problems entirely? Do you freak out like Chicken Little over all the tiny things, but miss the big giant wolf coming at you? Or do you manage things when they’re small to keep them from going out of control?”

Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker

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Michele Wucker

Michele Wucker is an award-wining global thought leader who draws on three decades of experience in media and non-profit management and policy development.

Michele is the author of several books, the third of which is the highly praised “THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore”, which grew out of a presentation at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in which she coined the term “gray rhino” for highly probable, high impact crisis events.

Michele founded Gray Rhino & Company in 2015 to help leaders and organizations to identify and strategize responses to gray rhino risks that are neglected despite -and all too often because of- their size.

Michele has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. Her previous leadership positions include Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute, which she re-launched in 2007 in a dramatic turnaround; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. She also has taught master’s students at the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, of which she is an alumna. An engaging keynote speaker, moderator, panelist, and facilitator, she has delivered presentations in 16 countries on five continents. She lives in Chicago.

Michele’s speaking topics include:

  • Gray Rhino-Proofing Your Future: A New Way to Think about Risk and Response
  • Gray Rhinos, not Black Swans: A New Way to Think about Risk and Response
  • Demographic Gray Rhinos: Robots Meet Aging and Migration
  • Beyond Kicking the Can: How to Stop Muddling and Innovate

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