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John Rossant Founder & Chief Curator CoMotion

Global mayors, leading technologists, public transport operators and venture capitalists, start-ups and established players — the entire landscape of new urban mobility is again present in November for CoMotion LA. Two days of immersive and inspirational talks, demos, test drives and exhibitions — a glimpse into our new urban future.

More information on the CoMotion >> LA site.

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John Rossant is the founder and CEO of CoMotion, the Los Angeles-based event and media platform on new mobility. CoMotion is the organizer of CoMotion LA, the prestigious annual gathering in Los Angeles of public and private sector leaders of the Mobility Revolution. CoMotion is also behind CoMotion MIAMI, a new annual event on new mobility in the Americas and is preparing the  launch of the CoMo3000 EV Rally  - a New York-to-Los Angeles Electric Vehicle rally that will be the first and longest such rally in the world.

In 2010, John founded the NewCities Foundation, which he continue to chair.  He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities. From the outset, NewCities mission has been to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.

John had previously been Executive Chairman of PublicisLive in Geneva, responsible for the production of some of the world’s most prestigious events, in particular the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and other WEF events around the world. In 2010, the President of France asked him to organize the e-G8 Forum on the future of the internet. 

A former journalist and magazine editor, John held several senior editorial positions at BusinessWeek, including Europe Editor, as well as Paris, Rome and Middle East correspondent. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. John holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American University in Cairo. He is a member of the board of the Fondation Tocqueville in Paris, Humanity in Action, and is a member of the Advisory Board of NEOM, a large new city development in north-western Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Address: 
ROW DTLA
777 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Books: 
Hop, Skip, Go: How the Mobility Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062883063
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperBusiness - November 12th, 2019

Urban expert John Rossant and business journalist Stephen Baker look beyond the false promises of the past to examine the real future of transportation and the repercussions for the world’s cities, the global economy, the environment, and our individual lives.

Human mobility, dominated for a century by cars and trucks, is facing a dramatic transformation. Over the next decade, new networked devices, from electric bikes to fleets of autonomous cars, will change the way we move. They will also disrupt major industries, from energy to cars, give birth to new mobility giants, and lead to a redesign of our cities. For Rossant and Baker, this represents the advance of the Information Revolution into the physical world. This will raise troubling questions about surveillance, privacy, the dangers from hackers and the loss of jobs. But it also promises startling efficiencies, which could turn our cities green and, perhaps, save our planet.

In an engaging, deeply reported book, the authors travel to mobility hotspots, from Helsinki to Shanghai, to scout out this future. And they visit the companies putting it together. One, Divergent3d, is devising a system to manufacture cars with robots and 3D printers. PonyAI, a Chinese-Silicon Valley startup, builds autonomous software that perceives potholes, oncoming trucks, and wayward pedestrians, and guides the vehicle around them. Voom, an Airbus subsidiary, is racing with dozens of others to operate fleets of air taxis that fly by themselves.

Hop, Skip, Go is about us: billions of people on the move. Underlying each stage of mobility, from foot to horse to cars and jets, are the mathematics of three fundamental variables: time, space and money. We measure each trip we take, whether to Kuala Lumpur or the corner drugstore. As the authors make clear, the coming mobility revolution will be no different. As they unveil the future, the authors explore how these changes might revamp our conception of global geography, the hours in our days, and where in the world we might be able to go.

Stephen Baker is author of five books, including The Numerati, Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, and a dystopian novel, The Boost. For 10 years, he was a senior technology writer for BusinessWeek, in Paris and New York. Before that, he worked as a journalist in Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and El Paso, Texas. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.