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Amanda Lang Biography
- Amanda Lang grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. She is the senior business business correspondent for CBC News, contributing regularly to CBC News The National. She also anchors The Lang & OLeary Exchange on CBC News Network, appearing with "dragon" Kevin OLeary. Before joining CBC, Lang hosted Business News Networks SqueezePlay. She is veteran business journalist who got her start at The Globe and Mail before moving to the Financial Post, first as a technology reporter and later as the papers New York correspondent in 1998. Amanda moved to CNN as a reporter and an anchor. In 2002 she was part of the team that helped launch Report on Business Television (BNN), Amanda covered U.S. markets from Manhattan. Lang is a frequent guest speaker on business and economics. She is married with two children and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Amanda Lang Filmography
- (2012) The Lang & O'Leary Exchange as Herself - Host
- (2009) Late Night with Lang & O'Leary as Herself
- (2005) Serial Killer Scavenger Hunt as Prostitute #2
- (2005) The Hour as Herself
- (2005) The Hour as Herself - Panelist
Amanda Lang Quotes
- I dont think Canadians have given themselves permission to innovate the way Americans do. The very traits that we hold dear - our politeness, our collaborative tendencies, our unwillingness to let people fail badly - are all things that inhibit innovation. Its not that Canadians cant do it. Its just that we may be less likely to do it than some other cultures.
- Productivity is not a boring subject. Its the key to our economic prosperity. And were failing miserably at it - its tragic. For years now Id been giving these speeches about productivity, and afterwards people would come up and say, Great, now youve scared us to death. But what can we do about it? And I didnt have a response. So I started to dig into it and what I discovered is that there is an easy answer, and its innovation.
- Organizational behavior theorists believe that increasingly, no matter what your job is, you are going to be taxed with complex problems. So, if were not actually training people to absorb and process information in a way to meet that challenge, then we are creating a whole group of people who are in another class. Not just socio-economically, but mentally too.
- [on the meaning of innovation] The best definition Ive seen is: an old idea meets a new idea and the outcome changes behavior.
- [on education today and the notion of innovation] When you think about it, everybodys system was designed for the industrial age and its still really geared around these outcomes, whether its standardized testing or core subjects. Weve ignored the fact that textbooks arent scarce anymore, information isnt scarce anymore. Theres no reason why the teacher has to have all the answers and give them to the kids. The challenge is how do we create people who know how to think.