General Session: Climbing Mount Bold
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the Co-founder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.
His work has been translated into over 40 languages and has appeared in 80 publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also writes “Far Frontiers,” a blog about science and culture for Forbes.com, appears frequently on television and radio and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues, both to corporate and education institutions. Recent appearances include Google, JP Morgan, Omnicom Media, and Menlo Ventures.
His NYT Bestseller, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2014 and the first book in history to chart simultaneously in four different categories on national bestseller lists (sports, science, psychology and business). In it, Kotler decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of peak performance where the impossible becomes possible—with critical implications in business, education, technology, and society as a whole.
His new book, BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World (2016) is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to help today’s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.
His other books have explored the intersection of human capabilities, technology and consciousness. Abundance breaks down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious “Best Book of the Year” lists. A Small, Furry Prayer— Kotler’s book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his bestselling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.
Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Kotler is the Co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
Never known for slowing down, in 2015, Kotler released two new books. In February, BOLD, the follow-up to Abundance, hit stands and has been included on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-seller lists. Tomorrowland, Kotler’s book about the transformation of science fiction into science fact, hit stands in May.