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Mark Salisbury

Mark Salisbury is passionate about improving our ability to make decisions and solve problems.  He observes that the amount of big and disparate data has been dramatically increasing while our ability to problem-solve with that data has not kept pace.  To improve our decision-making and problem-solving using big and disparate data, Mark created Socrates.Digital, a new type of computer application that is described in his new book, Socrates Digital for Learning and Problem-Solving.  As the title indicates, the book brings together the best of the past and present to create a new process for solving problems -- computer-assisted Socratic problem-solving.  From the past, the human Socrates had us question our information, concepts, and assumptions before making conclusions – creating the best way for humans to solve problems.  From the present, a computer is used to enhance the effectiveness of Socratic problem-solving in ways that only a computer can do.  It can make sure that all the important questions are answered, propose new data analyses, and assist multiple human problem-solvers in formulating their level of confidence in their reasoning – all at the same time. 

This is our future.  We will not let machine learning algorithms -- that we do not understand --make our decisions and solve our problems for us.  Rather, we will keep the responsibility for making our decisions and solving our problems.  And we will become smarter by using intelligent machines to assist us in making better decisions and solutions to problems. 

See Mark's Keynote at ISPI

See Mark's TEDx Talk


See Mark Talk about Socrates Digital

Favorite topics include -- but not limited to -- the following:


  • Improving problem-solving and decision-making in organizations

  • Making problem-solving part of our education

  • How to ensure your success as an individual in the new wisdom economy

  • How to successfully lead others in the new wisdom economy



Ildikó Oravecz (Ildi)

Chief Strategist, High Performance Consulting
Former NMISPI (New Mexico International Society for
Performance Improvement) Chapter President

When I served as president of the board of the local International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) chapter in New Mexico, my goal for our meetings was to provide value to our members. As a board we strove to engage entertaining, informative, and up-to-date speakers in the field of human performance technology (HPT). As such, we were always pleased to have Mark Salisbury speak at our meetings. Feedback from members was consistently positive after one of Mark's presentations, and learning more about our rapidly changing knowledge economy is of tremendous value to our audience. Mark shared several times over the years and because he tailors his message to audiences the focus is different each time. Meeting participants leave with new and fresh ideas that are applicable back on the job. Our chapter is made up of highly-educated training, development, and performance improvement professionals who appreciate practical information that they can immediately use, and that is what Mark offers. I am delighted to recommend him to any audience who seeks to not only understand the new "frontiers" of our knowledge economy, but also to prepare and plan for all the changes that the future will bring.

Diana Spendlove, MA, CPLP, ACC

Former Chapter President – ATD (Association for Talent Development)

Mark Salisbury serves as a catalyst and visionary for knowledge sharing; bringing a wealth of expertise and invaluable resource to the learning and performance community.  It has been my pleasure to work with Mark a number of times; his material is leading edge, and HRD professionals are eager to learn how their current practices can be applied to the new learning economy. Mark genuinely engages his audience through personal stories threaded throughout his presentations that link back to key points of the learning experience.  Participants leave feeling confident in their task to create, preserve and apply knowledge within the new workplace setting.

Patsy Boverie, PhD

Member National Speakers Association

Your keynote was not only very well received, but the favorite presentation at the Expo. You provided a genuine and extremely entertaining presentation, where you used humor to make excellent points. Often speaker's humor is separate from their message, but yours was right on the mark – your stories and examples were truly outstanding. I went from laughing out loud to listening intently to every word in order to not miss anything. You also involved the audience well throughout the presentation. I was especially impressed with your in-depth knowledge of performance issues in the workplace. Your cutting edge research and consulting examples provided the audience with a deep understanding of your message. I also loved your use of visuals – they were humorous, and they got the message to the audience. But most of all I was impressed with your genuineness. You made the audience feel like they knew you, which made them want to hear more and more from you. I would highly recommend you to any other organization that wants to unlock the secret of improving work performance.

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