Naomi Klein

Democracy is not just the right to vote; it is the right to live in dignity.

Author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo

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Naomi Klein | Author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo
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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and the #1 international bestselling author of seminal books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. In her new book This Changes Everything and in powerful new talks, she exposes the myths of the climate debate. It’s “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring” (The New York Times). 

Naomi Klein is the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, which debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list, was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and is being translated into over 25 languages. The documentary inspired by the book and narrated by Klein premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and is now available worldwide.

 

This Changes Everything is a work of startling force, exhaustive reporting, and telling anecdote.”

The Globe and Mail

Klein is also the author of The New York Times and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, which is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print. It appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, “The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.” Klein’s first book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was also an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages with more than a million copies in print. The New York Times called it “a movement bible.” In 2011, TIME Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923. A collection of her writing, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate was published in 2002.

 

“Consider this book a warning shot to the status quo, and a companion for those that see themselves as part of what promises to be the world’s next big social movement.”

National Post

The Shock Doctrine was adapted into a short film and feature length documentary. Klein also wrote The Take, an award-winning documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Additionally, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, El Pais, L’Espresso, and The New Statesman, among many other publications. Klein is a member of the board of directors for 350.org. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award and in 2015 she received The Izzy Award honouring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media.   

Speech Topics

Climate Change
This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. the Climate
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative talk yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.  

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink.