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Leading author Clive Thompson brings the next big ideas to the ACTE Miami Conference

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives has scored another victory in redefining business travel conferences with outstanding education. Clive Thompson was recently announced as one of four thought-leaders providing keynote addresses for the group’s Global Corporate Travel Conference in Miami, April 27-29, 2014. Thompson delves into the conditions that foster the next big ideas and reveals the big ideas for the upcoming year.

Longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired, Clive Thompson is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For the Better. His premise, that computerization has changed the basis of how humans think and communicate, is well documented.

His underlying message — that the digital age, driven by people on standard hardware with off-the-shelf software, creates smarter, more cognitive executives — offers an important perspective to the business travel industry. Thompson will demonstrate how each of us has the power to influence the rules of serendipity and create the conditions for the ‘next big ideas’ to emerge.

“Some in our industry regard the digital era with apprehension,” said ACTE Executive Director Greeley Koch. “Clive Thompson understands and addresses this apprehension better than anyone else. His process for embracing and integrating digital collaboration will convince each attendee that she/he owns the keys to creativity and innovation.”

According to Koch, “Thompson’s message aligns with ACTE’s ‘Four Pillar’ philosophy, a results-oriented approach to bring innovation and resolution to industry issues. The four areas of focus for our programming in 2014 are Data Access & Analytics, Industry Innovations, Talent Development for Travel Professionals, and Traveler Centricity. This is the first industry-wide conference to take this approach.”

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