“Without buying into the shallow potential of the latest fad, be that Twitter or Facebook, Botsman takes a more intelligent long view of how technology will change the terms on which people live and work.” — Monocle
Rachel Botsman writes and researches about how technology is transforming trust and what this means for life, work and how we do business. Who Can You Trust? is her second book, following the highly acclaimed What’s Mine is Yours.
Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart (Penguin Portfolio) explains a huge shift in patterns of trust from institutions to individuals. Through stories that are funny, exciting and at times unnerving, she explores what this ‘trust shift’ means for different areas of lives from banking to dating, politics to consumerism, and even how we raise our kids.
What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live (HarperCollins, 2010), she predicted the rise of sharing economy companies such as Airbnb, Zipcar and Uber, long before they became popular. The concept was subsequently named by TIME as one of the “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World”.
Rachel is a thoughtful and humorous storyteller who specialises in simplifying big complex ideas to make them meaningful for a wide range of audiences. She is known for her TED Talks, which have been viewed more than 4 million times and subtitled in 29 languages. Named as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle, she is described by clients including Google, Microsoft, Xero, Accenture and various government agencies as a “standout favourite for audiences”, with a “rare and visionary intellect.”
She features regularly in the media– including widely-read, regular pieces for The New York Times, Wired, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review and more. She’s a dynamic and thoughtful panel member or interviewee, having featured in broadcasts on the BBC, CNN, ABC, NPR and more. Rachel will appear as a presenter on the upcoming documentary series for PBS First Civilizations on the history of trade.
She is recognised as one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and was a recipient of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award for recognising a “radical idea which has the potential to change the way we think about business forever.”
She is a board member for Australia’s National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) and was a former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Rachel received her BFA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and attended Harvard University for her post-graduate studies.
Rachel has worked on every continent (except for Antarctica!) and divides her time between Sydney, where she lives with her husband and two children, and London.
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What people say
The feedback from her session on trust has been wonderful! All of our delegates really felt they could take a lot away and actually apply it, which of course is our ultimate goal.
Not one single day has gone by since the event without external & internal commendations on her engagement with our audience. Her message really connected and impacted the entire audience. It was also evident via our social engagement metrics.
From the moment we spoke about what I was trying to achieve with the conference to the feedback received it was evident that Rachel is a genuine world class speaker who knows how to stir thinking and encourage an audience to open their minds. Her polished but warm style coupled with her relevant and clever stories leave an audience with a genuine sense of wonder and awe but most importantly it leaves them curious and hungry for more!
— Commonwealth Bank
The feedback on her closing session has been
outstanding - it really was incredibly relevant for the audience and I think it will be talked about for some time to come
Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.
— Microsoft Research
Rachel Botsman was the standout favourite for all our delegates.
— CEO Magazine Executive Conference
We had a wonderful event with Rachel. She was pretty amazing — an accomplished, intelligent and humble speaker who was a delight to work with. Her subject matter was highly relevant and members loved it — rating it 9.7.
— Entrepreneurs’ Organisation
Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynotes we've had!
— The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Rachel's presentation was on topic, interesting and engaging. Our audience was thrilled with her presentation. The anecdotal feedback has been fantastic for both Rachel and her content.
— Hewlett Packard
Rachel Botsman was a brilliant speaker at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She captured imaginations when speaking about how collaborative technologies are reshaping our relationships and reinventing the world around us in life-changing ways.
— Clinton Global Initiative
The feedback on Rachel’s Spark presentation was outstanding! It was a high-energy, thought provoking session, and a wonderful way to close the conference. I am sure participants left with new perspective on their businesses. I look forward to working with you again.
— Cap Gemini
Rachel's presentation was exceptional. It has generated much discussion and thinking, and was a great way to close out our forum.
— Lend Lease
The ratings from our audience for Rachel were the amongst the very highest we have ever received. Rachel's presentation was both motivating and energizing, seasoned with critically important cases studies from companies that are transforming industries and lives.
Rachel is one of a very rare breed of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them possibility and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candour in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning. But more than all that, her presentations resonate with you and your organisation long after the chairs have been stacked away. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough.
— LJ Hooker
The audience responses we have received about Rachel's presentation were overwhelming. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP as well as from audience members in general. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending her!
Rachel Botsman led her audience of tourism industry experts and local government councils on a discovery voyage as her presentation on Collaborative Consumption opened up a world they "kinda knew but not really", and accentuated the change occurring all around us; she didn't lose them for a moment, and left them better educated and aware of new opportunities and worldwide trends.
— Local Government and Shires Association, Sydney
Rachel possesses the skill and wisdom to excite and broaden the minds of any audience.
— Elite Media Group
I would recommend Rachel to anyone! She listened to her briefing and her material was excellent for our audience. Her delivery was also highly engaging with the right mix of substance, humor and passion.
— LimeBridge (Aust) Pty Ltd
Rachel Botsman was captivating, relevant to our theme and an outstanding presenter. We were grateful to have had Rachel kick start our 3-Day Conference.
We had approximately 400 people attend the conference over the three days and everyone we spoke to said they had taken away an abundance of ideas which they were excited to implement into their respective organisations. Very inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.
— Australasian Better Boards Conference
She brought our audience a fresh, new and provocative perspective on the sharing economy - with timely updates on how this was shaping global macro economic trends and consumer behaviour. Our delegates were a buzz after her presentation. Without hesitation we would welcome Rachel back to G-Force!