Rotman School of Management in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is pleased to host Sam Pitroda's book launch, Redesign the World.
Book Synopsis: The world was last designed 75 years ago, about the same time that Sam Pitroda was born. This design has outlived its utility. Hyperconnectivity and the COVID-19 pandemic offer a unique opportunity to redesign the world to take humanity to the next level. Redesigning the world is not about looking at it from the point of view of liberal or conservative; left or right; capitalism or socialism; public or private; democracy, dictatorship or monarchy; open or closed systems; rich or poor; urban or rural; East or West; white, brown, black, or yellow. This proposed redesign of the world has the planet and its people at the centre; it is built on the foundations of sustainability, inclusion, equality, equity and justice so that everyone on earth can enjoy peace and prosperity. It is not an idealist or Utopian vision, but one with humanity at its core. This book is about reshaping the world to meet the future challenges of our planet and our people.
About Our Speaker: Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policymaker, inventor, and entrepreneur who has spent more than 55 years in Telecom & IT
Credited with laying the foundation of India's technology revolution in the 1980s, he was advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1980s and Dr. Singh in the 2010s with a cabinet minister’s rank. Mr. Pitroda invented the electronic diary in 1974, mobile wallet in 1996, and set up C-SAM Inc., acquired by Master Card in 2013. He was Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, National Innovation Council, Smart Grid Task, railway modernization, and public broadcast reforms.
Mr. Pitroda holds over 100 patents, 20 Hon. Ph.D.s, and has published and lectured extensively globally. He is a member of the American Academy of Engineers. His biography was published in 1992, autobiography Dreaming Big in 2015, and Redesign the World in 2021.