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Lenora Chu

Author & Journalist

Lenora Chu is an author, journalist and educational consultant whose work illuminates the impact of culture on education and global competitiveness. Her book Little Soldiers, about China’s education system, won several awards and was also shortlisted for Stanford University’s Saroyan International Prize. Lenora has appeared on NPR, CBS, BBC, and the CBC, and her articles and op-eds have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Business Insider, among others. She has 15 years’ experience in the U.S. and China, and has given speeches about Chinese education on four continents. A former media and management consultant, Lenora holds degrees in engineering and journalism from Stanford and Columbia Universities.

 

Events

Creativity – where does it come from?

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If creativity is the mental capacity to generate new and interesting ideas, where does it come from? For the artists, is it a eureka moment of inspiration or the culminating of year of work, honing the craft until ultimately something unique emerges. Is it age related? Do we go through a purple patch like some musicians […]

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Surveillance Capitalism: Is Big Tech Big Brother?

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Surveillance capitalism is all about trawling everything you do online, every time your phone beeps, every time you update your calendar, every time you search, you are being watched. Then your data is re-packaged into predictions about what you are about to do next and sold to people who want to sell you something! This […]

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Beyond #MeToo

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Is this the most significant protest movement in the history of humanity? Or is there a danger the pendulum has swung too far in the tricky, thorny and impossible to regulate area of sex, power and gender? Will there be a backlash? Could we be descending into a culture of victimhood and the infantilising of […]

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From Good to Great: How To Make a Brilliant 21st Century Education System.

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In a world where information is limitless, where memory is being made redundant by Google, where the jobs of the future are not even invented yet, education and the ability to analyze, discern and make a relevant contribution is more important than ever. But how do we create an education system that gets the best […]

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China Unwrapped

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In June 1989, a Chinese man, carrying his shopping, stood in front of a column of People’s Liberation Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, defiant. Tank Man became the symbol of resistance and his action was the culmination of weeks of clashes between the government and pro-democracy protestors. Then the soldiers moved in and within hours […]

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