Karen Christensen will ask “Should a CEO Write Code?” at the Beijing Book Fair on Friday. We’d love to know what you think!
When I was growing up in the Silicon Valley, I never imagined that I’d be so interested in technology or speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum. I loved books and literature, not computers. But here I am, about to ask “Should a CEO write code?” on Friday, 28 August, at the Beijing Book Fair.
I’ve gradually come to understand that we can’t separate editorial and technology departments if we want to develop a truly 21st-century industry, and that technology can enable us to share knowledge and ideas, enhance communities, and provide entertainment in a myriad of new ways. I believe that we all need to become more technically literate, whether we’re in the boardroom or working on manuscripts. I’ve made a habit of trying new programs myself, so that I understand their potential – and their pitfalls.
If you’ll be in Beijing, please join us! If you have views on this subject or stories to share, please do drop me a line. I’ll be posting updates at the Berkshire Blog and writing a feature article on the subject, too, thanks to the great input I’ve already had from many of my publishing colleagues.
All good wishes, Karen.
Friday 28 August 2015, 14.55-15.20 演讲题目：“为什么出版社CEO也要会编程”—论对出版从业人员进行数字教育的重要性 “Should a CEO Write Code?” IDPF@BIBF Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport, Banquet Hall 2 on the second floor. Full program and registration: http://idpf.org/news/idpf-at-beijing-international-book-fair-2015-0.
Karen Christensen is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Berkshire Publishing Group, which is known for its range of China-related academic resources. Berkshire created the award-winning Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (Scribners), the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (Berkshire), and the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (Berkshire/OUP).
Karen Christensen comes from the Silicon Valley in California and was educated in the UK. She began her career at Blackwell Science in London and also worked for the T. S. Eliot Estate and Faber & Faber. She returned to the United States in 1992 and started her own company, specializing in sustainable development, world history, international relations, and Asian studies.
She has served on the board of the Software and Information Industry Association Content Division, and was a member of the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee. She is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Press. She frequently speaks and writes about publishing technology, intellectual property and copyright, and the book and ebook industry.