Speaker Series

St. John’s Speaker Series is a popular adult education offering held between services at 10:00 AM on select Sundays from September to May. Nationally noted individuals, from scholars and poets to world leaders and faith leaders, present on pressing issues of the day and impactful historical events to expand our knowledge as individuals and as a community.

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December 10, 2023

Simon Johnson

Power and Progress: The History and Economics of Major Technological Transformations

December 10, 2023


Simon Johnson, Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, joins St. John's Speaker Series to discuss major technology transformations including the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His recent book, Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle over Technology and Prosperity, argues that progress is not automatic but depends on the choices we make about technology: to serve the narrow interests of an elite or lay the foundation for widespread prosperity. A former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Johnson has worked on global economic crises and recoveries for 30 years and published more than 300 high-impact pieces in leading publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Financial Times.

Location: Togo West Parlor