Introducing The Leadership Labs


An exclusive series of 10-minute talks with trailblazing experts designed for public servants.

Public servants are the people with the power to change the world for the better. But they don’t always get access to the most transformational ideas in leadership.

Now thought leaders from around the world have come together to share their most valuable insights and skills with government.

Over the coming months, Apolitical will release talks from the world’s leading experts including Steven Pinker, Adam Grant, Alex Benay, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and many more.

You can get exclusive access now by signing up for this event series here.

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Alex Benay – How to be an agile leader in government (Live)

Alex Benay is the Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada. He’s an open and relentless advocate for digital government innovation and is the author of ‘Government Digital’, an in-depth look at how modern governments are tackling digital change. Prior to his appointment as CIO, Alex was the President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and Johnstone Professor at Harvard University. He has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” His tenth book, published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Baroness Martha Lane Fox – Two ways to stand out in the public service (Live)

Martha Lane Fox is founder and executive chair of, a charity fighting for a fairer internet and building a movement for responsible technology. She become a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013 and was appointed Chancellor of the Open University in 2014. From 2009 to 2013, she was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service.

Lindiwe Mazibuko – Four pillars of effective leadership (Live)

Lindiwe Mazibuko is the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. At 31 she was elected to be her party’s youngest ever parliamentary leader. She successfully prosecuted a Constitutional Court case against the Speaker of the National Assembly that vindicated the right of Members of Parliament to move a motion of no confidence in the President. Lindiwe is currently a Resident Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Adam Grant – How to get the best out of your team (Live)

Adam Grant is a best-selling author and professor in organisational psychology at Wharton, where he has been recognised as the top-rated professor for seven years in a row. He’s also featured on Fortune’s ‘40 under 40’ list and was named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Adam is a world expert on what drives success, creativity, productivity and motivation.

Tom Loosemore – What does ‘digital’ really mean? (Live)

Tom Loosemore is a leading expert in digital transformation. He is a partner at Public Digital and previously founded the UK Government Digital Service, which he served as the Deputy Director of until 2015. Tom also wrote the UK’s Government Digital Strategy and created GOV.UK, the UK Government’s website which has received over 2 billion visits. In 2013, he won the UK’s top design award.

Lou Downe

Lou Downe is Director of Design and Service Standards for the UK Government, based at GDS, and the founder of the discipline of service design in government. They were voted one of the UK’s top 50 creative leaders by Creative Review. Lou is also a passionate advocate for the queer and trans community.

J.D. Trout

J.D. Trout is an American philosopher, author and lecturer. He is the John and Mae Calamos Professor of Philosophy at Illinois Institute of Technology and is an expert in the psychology of human judgment, scientific progress, and social/political issues bearing on well-being. His 2009 book ‘The Empathy Gap’ addressed the question: How can we design social policies that improve the lives of everyone?

Ari Wallach

Ari Wallach is a futurist and social systems strategist. He is the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs, an initiative focused on bringing long-term thinking and behavior to the individual, organizational, and societal realms. Ari’sTED talk on Longpath has been viewed over 2.2 million times and translated into 18 languages. Wallach was also the founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp., a New York-based strategic innovation consultancy whose clients included CNN, Volkswagen Global, The UN Refugee Agency and the US State Department. Wallach was the co-founder of the 2008 presidential initiative “The Great Schlep with Sarah Silverman” and most previously hosted  Fast Company magazines “Fast Company Futures with Ari Wallach.” He is adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, lecturing on innovation and the future of governance and public policy.