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Daniel Pink

Former speechwriter for Al Gore. Speaks of a right-brain revolution.

Bidding adieu to his last "real job" as Al Gores speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance as a career analyst to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace and he has changed the way companies view the modern workplace.

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative, bestselling books on the changing world of work.

In his latest book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink shows us that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in todays world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Based on forty years of scientific data supporting his argument that people need intrinsic rather than external motivation, Pink’s work revolutionizes the way that we look at performance and motivation.

In A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Pink charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller that has been translated into 20 languages.

Pink’s The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need is the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga. (In 2007, he won a Japan Society Media Fellowship that took him to Tokyo to study the manga industry.) Illustrated by award-winning artist Rob Ten Pas, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko was one of the bestselling graphic novels of 2008 and the only graphic novel ever to become a BusinessWeek bestseller. The book is now being translated into 14 languages.

His first book, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, was a Washington Post bestseller that Publishers Weekly says "has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations."

Pinks articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also lectures to corporations, associations and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.

A free agent himself, Pink held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.

He received a BA, with honors, from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. To his lasting joy, he has never practiced law.

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