Ghonim is the man who used social media to move his homeland of Egypt a few long steps closer toward democracy and freedom. Organizing protesters against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Ghonim helped spark a movement that ended Mubarak's reign and gave hope to millions of young Egyptians.
And he'll be telling it in person at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Art Institute of Chicago Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Drive, as part ofthe Chicago Tribune's Author Talks series.
"Now that so many people can easily connect with one another," Ghonim writes, "the world is less hospitable to authoritarian regimes. Humanity will always be cursed with power-hungry people, and the rule of law and justice will not automatically flourish in all places at all times. But thanks to modern technology, participatory democracy is becoming a reality."
Ghonim's book explores technology not only as a series of ever-sleeker gadgets, but also as a tool of transformation for engaged citizens. It constitutes a thoughtful yet passionate challenge to people anywhere who feel they lack a voice in their own lives: Look up, log on and go forth.
Tickets to Wael Ghonim's conversation with Julia Keller are $15. For information, visit tribnation.com/events