08 March 2018
7:00 pm
Tech&Society: “The dance of technology and culture”
Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica began a new edition of the Tech & Society Program with Leigh Hafrey, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who analyzed the impact on culture and society of some of the most important technical-scientific moments since the Second World War up to the present: the invention of the atomic bomb, the spread of personal computers, remote control weapons, etc.


Are there parallels between the transformations of the past and the dizzying innovations of today? Leigh Hafrey explored, through the experience of different technological advances, the patterns of disruption and adaptation through which we face change: faced with technological revolutions that we cannot control, we humans evaluate our hopes and concerns, we overcome the limitations that We believe that these impose us and we immerse ourselves in the next transformation.

The speaker analyzed this same dynamic through the technological disruptions of the present and the concerns that assail us when observing the advances in robotics, the dilemmas of the digital divide or the vertigo that the future of Artificial Intelligence awakens in us.

After his presentation, he started a conversation with Cristina Manzano, director of the esglobal digital magazine.

The conference was held in English. This event was interpreted to LSE, it could be followed in streaming and on networks with the hashtag #TechSociety.


Leigh Hafrey is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.Since 1991, Hafrey has worked in professional ethics, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching courses at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan, and consulting with professional practitioners in the United States and abroad. At MIT Sloan, he teaches in the MBA program and Leaders for Global Operations, for which he moderates a mandatory two-year leadership course. He has also taught in MIT’s Industrial Liaison, MIT-China Management Education, Master of Finance, Management of Technology, Nanyang Fellows, Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership, Supply Chain Management, and System Design and Management programs.

Since 1996, Hafrey has moderated the Aspen Institute’s Seminar in Leadership, Values, and the Good Society and other seminars sponsored by the Institute in the U.S. and abroad. From 1993 to 2010, together with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College. The Mather community brings together 400 undergraduates; 100 faculty, administrative, and alumni fellows; and dozens of advisory and other staff.

A former staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, Hafrey has published reporting, essays, reviews, interviews, and translations in The New York Times and other American and European periodicals. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Philosophy of Management (U.K.) and the Journal of Business Ethics Education (U.S.). His publications on business and management include a quarterly column for IPA’s Business Today (2007-09); cases and blogs for MIT Sloan; a book on how people use stories to articulate ethical norms,The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005); and War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, an essay on business alternatives to a culture of war in today’s America (2016).Hafrey holds an AB in English from Harvard College and a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University.



Director of esglobal. Cristina (@ManzanoCr) is a columnist for El Periódico de Catalunya, has a blog in the Spanish edition of the Huffington Post and is a contributor to various media outlets. She is also the editorial coordinator of the magazine Pensamiento Iberoamericano, edited by Segib. She regularly participates as a panelist and speaker in meetings, seminars and round tables on various international issues. She has been deputy general director of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE). Previously, she was CEO of Reporter, a leading corporate communications company, for more than 10 years. Graduated in Information Sciences (Journalism branch) from the Complutense University of Madrid, she carried out postgraduate studies at the University of Maryland (United States) thanks to the obtaining of a Fulbright Scholarship. She is a member of the Spanish Council of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations) and of the Scientific Council of the Elcano Royal Institute. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Education for Employment Europe Foundation.

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