Peter Leyden is a technology and future trends expert who heads Next Agenda
, a startup business focusing on how to use new technologies and new processes to move big ideas and more transformative agendas into policy-making and governing.
Peter comes from the Global Business Network
, a futures think tank and strategic consulting firm that pioneered the use of diverse networks of high capacity individuals. He worked for years at the center of GBN’s network of more than 100 technologists, scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, business strategists, and artists.
Leyden recently finished a period as Director of the New Politics Institute
, a think tank and strategy center based in San Francisco that focuses on the transformation of politics in the early 21st century. NPI has developed a diverse network of experts from many different fields to help Democrats and progressives take advantage of today’s massive changes in technology, media and demographics.
Leyden deeply understands technology and new media, having served as managing editor of the original Wired magazine that introduced the digital revolution to the world and that pioneered the early online world of the web.
Leyden is the coauthor of two books, The Long Boom
; and What's Next?: Exploring the New Terrain for Business
, which looked at what to expect in many fields in the decade following the September 11th attack.
Leyden is a frequent keynote speaker on technology and future trends, speaking to business and general audiences in the United States and Europe. In recent years he has focused more on political audiences, and twice addressed the Democratic Caucus of the US House of Representatives, as well as the Democratic Caucus of the US Senate.
Leyden was a special correspondent in Asia for Newsweek magazine in the late 1980s, where among other things, he did stories in China and Tibet just after the Tiananmen Square massacre. He also has traveled to more than 50 countries in all major regions of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Leyden worked as a staff journalist at several newspapers, and has written for many publications, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He now is a frequent commentator in the media.
Peter has two master's degrees from Columbia University, including one in political science, and graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife Sharon, and 16-year-old daughter, Emma.