December 15, 2020

Under Currents

Steve Davis, business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator, discussed his new book Under Currents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism, which aims to help you change the world in practical and meaningful ways. Joining the conversation was Dr. Cheryl Healton, Dean of NYU's School of Global Public Health, and Blessing Omakwu, women's equality advocate, strategist, and writer.

This webinar was free and open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log in. Please note that this webinar was recorded.

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Steve Davis


Dr. Cheryl Healton


Blessing Omakwu

Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism brings the perspective of experienced global social innovation leader, scholar and speaker, Steve Davis, to bear on some of the most powerful and helpful macrotrends rippling through society today.

The book teaches readers how to harness their outrage and capitalize on global trends to instigate and encourage change across the world. The author identifies five global undercurrents with outsized importance that are shaping our world:

  • Global economies are moving away from the old pyramid model into a diamond, bringing powerful new possibilities for human well-being;
  • Communities are becoming the customer - rather than passive beneficiaries - as social change is increasingly led by local voices and activists;
  • Equity is leveling and reshaping the field of social change and activism;
  • Digital disruption, through the power of data and digital tools, impacts almost everything; and
  • The middle of the journey to social change is becoming surprisingly sexy, as we focus on adapting innovation for widespread impact at scale.

The book's lessons are supported throughout by stories, experiences, data and observations from across the globe. Undercurrents is perfect for activists and leaders of all kinds who aim to increase their impact on their organizations and the world at large, as well as the intellectually curious who hope to increase their understanding of the changing world around them.

The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists presents an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us. The Salon Series is made possible by NYU Washington, DC through the collaboration of NYU schools, departments and centers, as well as through special relationships with selected external arts organizations such as The Corporation of Yaddo.