Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, public speaker, professor, and social innovator. She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world. Flynn has written extensively on issues of global citizenship, the future of work and purpose, emerging technologies, political reconciliation, war crimes, genocide, human and civil rights, humanitarian issues, innovation and design for social impact, and improving access to justice and education. 

She is the author of the upcoming book, A Human Algorithm (October 2019), a groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology.

She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also studied at La Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, La Universidad de Chile, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal, and Université de Genève. 

A native of Los Angeles, Flynn has lived in France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Fiji, Cambodia, Senegal, the Netherlands, and Chile. She currently calls New York home. She speaks five languages, and her wanderings have taken her from rebuilding homes and schools in New Orleans and Fiji, to distributing gifts to children in Haiti and school supplies in Guatemala and Ethiopia, to teaching How to Make a Difference in a Mongolian yurt in the English countryside, to huffing up Mount Kilimanjaro with her dad, to zodiac boating in Alaska with her mom.


Photograph by Robert McClenahan

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A HUMAN ALGORITHM: HOW AI IS REDEFINING WHO WE ARE

The Age of Intelligent Machines is upon us, and Flynn examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity and how we can thrive as we move into our brave new world. The proliferation of fast-moving technologies have the potential to transform how we work, our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. In this talk based on her book, Flynn shares her insights on AI’s potential, inviting a diverse group of voices to participate in designing our intelligent machines so we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Audiences will understand the importance of building a more humane future and moving conscientiously into a new frontier of their own design.

THE FUTURE OF WORK AND PURPOSE

Automation, computerization, and AI will be the biggest disruptors in the history of our labor economies, eclipsing the colossal societal shifts of the Industrial Revolution in a fraction of the time. AI may take over many of our jobs, but it can also free us up for more creative endeavors and imaginative pursuits. In this talk, Flynn will take a deep dive into the future of work and purpose, and examine how we can thrive and flourish amid accelerating technological change. She will share insights on how we can work in partnership with smart machines and learn to reconfigure how we work with each other, and ultimately imagine whole new occupations.

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD: LEADERSHIP AND GENDER EQUALITY

Why is gender equality essential for our collective future and what we can we learn from global stories about seeking equity? The idea of equality has deep ramifications across our communities, companies, and teams, intersecting with all layers of society, from government to business to sports to education. In this talk, Flynn will speak about her global experiences working on these issues, from collaborating with women's cooperatives from Rwanda to Ethiopia to Guatemala to playing on women's and men's soccer teams from Cambodia to Chile to Italy. From recent equity issues, such as the U.S. women’s national soccer team's fight for equal pay, to stories of resilience and rebuilding economies and institutions in the aftermath of atrocity, Flynn will show the power of gender equality in reshaping our world for the better. From Mexico to Tunisia to Finland to Cuba to Los Angeles, audiences explore histories of leadership, entrepreneurship, and social change, how equality, equity, and diversity can make better and more successful teams, and why investing in women is critical to creating a brighter world. This talk also examines why representation is more important now than ever, and how we can all get there.

 

What does artificial intelligence mean, where is it going, and how will it affect us? We’re currently on a very steep part of the technology curve, and Flynn Coleman is a wonderfully astute, perceptive, and reliable guide as we ascend into our future.
— David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author