On stage, Dex expertly combines his experience working for some of the world’s most innovative and technology-driven brands with his passion for social innovation to help companies shift towards a 21st century business methodology. Dex takes audiences into Facebook’s boardroom, Musk’s open-concept cubicle, the famed Googleplex, and finally to the UN itself to share lessons on what it takes in today’s environment to build highly-effective internal teams, how to use storytelling in modern communications, and what to make of the steady transition from local to global that’s unfolded over the past decade. It’s truly fascinating to hear him talk about lessons learned from playing chess with Mark Zuckerberg in the middle of the night, or the intimidating, singular question asked by Elon Musk in a job interview. With prized insight on framing local problems globally, Dex encourages CEOs and entry-level employees alike to move to the center of disruption in order to innovate and offers practical advice for finding success in a constantly changing world.
In addition to working with Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, Dex formerly served as Google’s first executive speechwriter, supporting CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. He began his career at the United Nations in 2008 as a speechwriter and spokesperson for the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and holds a bachelors degree in politics from University College London and a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford.
In November 2016, Dex left his role as head of communications for SpaceX to focus on projects on global social change, including a new effort named Onwards. Onwards is a grassroots organization—founded in partnership with a group of Silicon Valley innovators—that hopes to address the social and economic causes of growing political polarization in the United States. He is currently writing a book examining the impact of technology in solving social divides around the world, tapping into the ways technology is transforming societies including the Rust Belt, Brexit Britain, rural India, and Sub-Saharan Africa, to build a world of greater freedom, justice and prosperity.
- The Global Century: How Technology Is Bringing The World Together & Transforming Our Lives.
Having worked for several companies at the forefront of the movement to bring connectivity to human beings globally, Dex Torricke-Barton understands the challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly-advancing technology. With this talk, he reviews the trends he is seeing now in technology and culture, and looks at connectivity as a powerful universal force paving the way for a “global generation.” Drawing on both data and anecdotes, Dex touches on things like crowd-sourcing and the mobile revolution to paint a picture of a truly global world using technology to lift societies at scale.
- Words To Change The World: The Power Of Storytelling & How To Communicate Like A “Real Person.”
The 21st century has seen a major shift in terms of strategy and branding from packaged, manufactured personas and campaigns to a world dominated by authenticity and a desire for “reality.” No one knows this better than Dex Torricke-Barton who, at the pinnacle of the global communications industry, sought to humanize technology through stories. Dex takes audiences through a journey of his work at the UN, Google, Facebook, and SpaceX to illustrate the role communication plays in our modern world as well as strategies for impact, meaning, and “making life awesome.”
- The World In Sight: A Guide To The Key Technological Trends Of The Next 10-20 Years & What They Mean For Brands & Organizations
Dex Torricke-Barton spent a decade helping the tech industry’s biggest names figure out how to talk about, brand, and share news of breakthrough products. This has given him unparalleled access to the issues keeping Silicon Valley executives up at night as well as the exciting developments ahead. During this talk, Dex evaluates the emergence of macro societal trends, including the rise of globalization and nationalism, as well as the development of specific technologies including virtual reality and live-streaming, to forecast which technologies will take hold and how they will alter life, work, and business operations permanently.