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AI, misinformation, and polarization have made everything familiar feel slightly off. But we can still reclaim our democracy—and ourselves.

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

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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of seminal books such as Doppelganger, The Shock DoctrineThis Changes Everything, and On Fire. Naomi has dedicated her career to offering clarity and building solidarity on the most pressing social issues, and to date, her books have been published in over 35 languages worldwide. In her latest book, the NYT bestseller Doppelganger, she explores what she calls the “Mirror World”: our current landscape of doubles and confusion born of misinformation, political polarization, and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Part riveting memoir, part brilliant social analysis, this TIME Best Non-Fiction Book begins by grappling with Naomi’s own doppelganger and unfolds into a larger exploration of what it means to be human today. Through her body of work, Naomi offers us not only a deeper understanding of the crises we face, but also a path towards a more hopeful future.

Doppleganger is a reckoning with the present moment that’s as insightful as all of Klein’s indispensable work, and as suspenseful as a novel.”— China Miéville, award-winning author of The City and the City

Naomi Klein is the UBC Professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Arts (Geography Dept).  She is the founding co-director of the UBC Centre for Climate Justice. She is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, as well as an Honorary Professor of Media and Climate.

Naomi is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and international and New York Times bestselling author of Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World (2023), How To Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Earth and Each Other (2021), On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (2019), No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

Naomi is a columnist with The Guardian and a contributor at Zeteo. She has also written regular columns for The Intercept (as Senior Contributing Writer), The Nation, and The Globe and Mail. Additionally, her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostNewsweekThe Los Angeles TimesThe Globe and MailEl PaisL’EspressoThe New Statesman, and Le Monde, among many other publications.

Naomi’s books have been published in over 35 languages. Doppelganger was a New York Times bestseller and A Notable Book of 2023, a TIME Magazine Top Ten Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for several awards. On Fire was a New York Times bestseller and was named a Best Climate Book by Fast Company magazine. No Is Not Enough was a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for the National Book Award. This Changes Everything won the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and was nominated for multiple other awards; it was also a New York Times bestseller and was named to the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of the Year. The Shock Doctrine was published worldwide in 2007 and has been translated into over 25 languages; it won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing and appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Naomi’s first book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into over 30 languages. The New York Times called it “a movement bible.” In 2016, The Guardian picked No Logo as one of the Top 100 Non Fiction books of all time. TIME Magazine also chose No Logo as one of the Top 100 Non-Fiction books published since 1923.

In 2015, the feature documentary of This Changes Everything, directed by Avi Lewis and narrated by Naomi, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2007, the six-minute companion film to The Shock Doctrine, created by Oscar winning director Alfonso Cuarón, was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale, San Sebastien and Toronto International Film Festivals. The Shock Doctrine was also adapted into a feature length documentary and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. In 2004, Naomi wrote The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories co-produced with director Avi Lewis. The film was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute’s Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Naomi is a regular media commentator in print, radio and television around the world, appearing on such shows as BBC Newsnight and HARDTalkDemocracy NowThe Rachel Maddow ShowThe Colbert Report, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.  She has been interviewed and profiled in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and podcasts including a major profile in The New Yorker magazine where she was called “the most visible and influential figure on the American left—what Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky were thirty years ago.” She has been ranked as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals in Prospect magazine, as one of the 100 People Who Are Changing America in Rolling Stone and was named as one of Ms. Magazine’s Women of the Year. In 2015, she was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’.

She has received multiple honorary degrees and awards. In 2019 she was named one of the Frederick Douglass 200, a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass. In 2015 she was awarded the Izzy (I.F. Stone) Award for Outstanding Independent Media and Journalism. In 2016 she was awarded Australia’s international award for peace, the Sydney Peace Prize.

Speech Topics

Politics & Society
DoppelgangerWhy Everything Feels Wrong These Days, and How to Get Back to Stable Ground

If you feel like everything that used to be familiar is now slightly wrong, you’re not alone. With conspiracies running rampant and AI blurring the line between human and machine, how do we find our way back to stable ground?

In this prescient and necessary talk, internationally bestselling author Naomi Klein draws on her New York Times bestselling book Doppelganger to offer us a path through misinformation and polarization—and towards a better future. She shows us how we can navigate the overlapping crises that have “taken humanity somewhere we have not been before, a place close but different—everything so familiar and yet more than a little off.” She begins by discussing her own doppelganger, Naomi Wolfauthor of The Beauty Myth and once a liberal feminist icon, now turned “an industrial-scale disseminator of vaccine-related medical misinformation”—and what being confused for the “Other Naomi” did to her sense of self. She then turns to the other doubles and sources of disorientation that we’re all experiencing, offering us not only a look at how we got here, but also a way to get ourselves out.

“Our world has changed but, as if we’re having a collective case of jet lag, most of us are still attuned to the rhythms and habits of the place and selves we left behind,” Naomi says. “It’s past time to find our bearings.”

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