Penguin Speakers Bureau

Carne Ross

Author of The Leaderless Revolution and Founder of Independent Diplomat


Carne Ross is a unique new voice on political action and global affairs.

Carne was a British diplomat who worked on crucial world issues ranging from terrorism and the Middle East, to Afghanistan and the global environment.  A former principal speechwriter for the British Foreign Secretary, and the UK’s Middle East expert at the UN, he was one of only two British diplomats to resign over the Iraq war.  He is an insider who can explain the true nature of the system to outsiders.

Carne is an experienced TV, radio, web and print commentator.  He has appeared many times on the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN and elsewhere, discussing topics ranging from diplomatic negotiations over Syria to Wikileaks.  He has written for many publications, from the Financial Times to the Washington Post

Carne appeared on The Colbert Report, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Bill Moyers about his book, The Leaderless Revolution, which was recently published in paperback by Penguin.

Drawing from his experiences as a diplomat, economist and activist, The Leaderless Revolution describes how governments are failing to address our most urgent problems, including mounting inequality and economic volatility, climate change and terrorism. Instead of looking to authority, the book offers an inspiring message of empowerment and self-organized action.

Carne is also the Founder and Executive Director of a unique international non-profit, Independent Diplomat (ID).  An expert team of former diplomats and international lawyers, Independent Diplomat advises democratic but marginalized governments and political groups so that their views are heard internationally.  Carne has advised leaders on political strategy from all over the world, from the Balkans to Burma.  His work was recently profiled in Foreign Policy magazine.

Speaking Topics

  • Your Own Personal Revolution

    In this talk, Carne describes his own journey from diplomat to activist, and his arc from profound disillusionment and professional collapse to the passionate commitment of his work today. Carne takes the audience through his “9 principles for action”, which offer very practical guidance on how to change your own life to fulfill the values and principles you care most about. Part exposition and part down-to-earth advice, the talk connects the personal with the political in a unique and inspiring way. The talk has had a very powerful reaction from audiences, some of whom have told Carne that the experience changed their lives. The full talk and “9 principles” exercise can take up to 90 minutes; the shorter expository version, 30-40 minutes.

  • The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century


Carne Ross Interview with Bill Moyers

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The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century

"It's been a long time since I've read a more interesting, informing and inspiring book."

– Bill Moyers

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