Harvard Club of Washington Lecture : Managing Major Surprise Events and the Dynamics Between Stakeholders in Business, Government and Geopolitics

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La Maison Française, in partnership with the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. is organizing an evening dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, with a lecture by Alain Paul Martin on the theme of “surprise events”, titled Managing Major Surprise Events and the Dynamics Between Stakeholders in Business, Government and Geopolitics on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

Proceeds from this program will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit those affected by Sandy.

- What : An evening of discourse by the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. - Managing Major Surprise Events and the Dynamics Between Stakeholders in Business, Government and Geopolitics
- When : Tuesday, November 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Where : La Maison Française - Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW
- Admission : General : $35 ; Members of the Harvard Club of Washington DC : $25
- Tickets : www.harvard-dc.org/store.html ?event_id=529

Event presentation

Surprise events are incidents that shake deeply-held beliefs. They have played a role in the long-lasting friendship between France and the United States from the decisive battle of Yorktown in 1781 to the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics which was shared by David Wineland and his French friend Serge Haroche.

Surprise events, be they natural disasters or strategically orchestrated, can have a profound impact on major negotiations, innovation, governance, regulation, freedom and democracy. Understanding the dynamics between key stakeholders, including those invisible but omnipresent, in the incubation and evolution of these events is critical in policy formulation and strategic leadership. Furthermore, these events affect trust building between nations, organizations, couples and other individuals.

Alain Paul Martin will demonstrate how to go beyond the dramas and traumas of news headlines to seek "the gem" in isolated and seemingly unrelated events in business, governments and geopolitics.

Mr. Martin’s presentation in Washington is part of sessions he gave to Harvard graduate students and fellows in 2012, providing new insights into (a) the trajectory of Apple up to 2012 and (b) the key players of high profile events, such the Second Iraq War, all from a non-partisan perspective.

With a background in operations research, intelligence analysis and interpretation, Alain Martin is a specialist in complexity reduction. He created Harvard University Global System [1], a set of practical instruments that assist policy makers and entrepreneurs to increase innovation and productivity in value creation and extraction. Alain leads executive-education programs in Europe, the Americas and Asia. His government seminar titled "Building a Great Nation" illustrates the critical success factors of a democratic country and the reasons for the collapse of nations and blocks including the Soviet Union. He is the author of Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Surprise Events.

Alain is a member of the French Society of Mathematics (SMF), a 1998 alumnus of Harvard Business School and a 2012 Fellow in Advanced Leadership, an inter-faculty initiative at Harvard University where he is leading a project to seed a knowledge repository to facilitate marketable-skills acquisition in high schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace ; thus creating jobs, currently in demand throughout the world, and ultimately reducing the gender gap. He was a non-partisan Executive Member of the Prime Minister’s Committee on Government reform in Canada. In 2011, he was honored by the Presidents of Harvard University and Harvard Alumni Association with a Certificate for his "Leadership, Vision and Service to our Community" for the ten-year period between 2001 and 2011.


[1Harvard University Global System was developed independently from Harvard University and is distributed under trademark license.