New sessions have been added to the DIF 2017 lineup, including two headliners, a major speaker and three studio sessions.
Read on to find out more about each of the headliners and studio sessions.
Headliners & Major Speakers:
Ann is the author of The Production of Money, (Verso, 2017), director of PRIME economics, and a member of Labour’s Economic Advisory Committee. She was one of a few economists to correctly predict the crisis in her 2006 book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave). Her background is in sovereign debt. She led a campaign that resulted in over $100bn of debt owed by the poorest countries to be cancelled, Jubilee 2000.
Mark is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends. His work at Atlas of the Future focusses on ‘future literacy', helping organisations understand the questions of the future and how to adapt if they want to answer them in the service of a more sustainable, just, humane and compassionate world. His best-sellers - An Optimist's Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently - have been widely translated and acclaimed as “a refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists” (New Scientist).
Kate is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the author of the Doughnut Economics - challenging social and planetary boundaries.
She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Pivot to Profit
The growth of the B Corp movement might just be indicative of a change in how a business measures its performance. There is much work to be done, but the idea that a company can take into consideration social and environmental impact, accountability, and transparency - all while turning a profit - is encouraging. It opens the door to the most disruptive shift of them all: the circular economy. This new approach demands creativity, imagination and collaboration. Join Charmain Love from B Lab UK, as she speaks about how the next economy will measure success, and how businesses will have to pivot to profit.
The 21st Century Corporation
We might take it for granted, but the concept of a corporation is an extraordinary invention. In fact, the public limited company is a marvel of human ingenuity, without which modern advanced economies would not exist. We know that companies create wealth, but by transferring it backwards and forwards in time they are actually a means to provide for future generations, and by creating well-paid jobs they are a mechanism for wealth distribution and social mobility.
But something changed in the 1980s, and corporate and societal interests have steadily diverged: what’s good for the company is no longer good for society. For 21st century economics to work, we need the corporation to rediscover its purpose as ‘society’s main engine of discovery and progress’. Economist Simon Caulkin believes he knows how to make this possible.
The New Way the Future Works
What if machines were better at understanding the world than humans? Up to now, we have embarked on what we thought was a dogged pursuit of uncovering how the world operates, almost as it we could peel back its skin and reveal the mechanics hidden underneath. But the world is a lot more complex than that, and understanding it might be beyond our comprehension. With ever-sophisticated analytical and processing power, artificial intelligence allows machines to make connections between seemingly disparate data sets and come to better conclusions and decisions than we will ever be capable of. Our guest David Weinberger believes this represents a significant change in our model of the future.