The 2017 DIF Live Launch will take place in central London on Monday 6th November 2017. Kicking off this year’s Festival, the Financial Times' 'Undercover Economist', Tim Harford, global finance expert, Ann Pettifor, and optimistic futurist, Mark Stevenson will explore 21st Century Economics and what has to change.  

Be part of our audience, pose your questions, offer your opinion on key discussion points and network with our guests throughout the evening.


Tim Harford

The Undercover Economist

Tim is a world-renowned behavioural economist, award-winning Financial Times columnist, and BBC broadcaster. Whilst he’s a serious economist with a career spanning Oxford, Shell and the World Bank, Tim’s FT columns dwell on the economics of daily life and offer tongue-in-cheek solutions to readers’ problems. Tim looks at why it’s so hard yet so important to learn from mistakes, how to deal with uncertainty, how forecasting works and what to do when it doesn’t, and what innovation really means and why the wrong sort of innovation can be a distraction.

Ann Pettifor

Director of PRIME economics and member of Labour’s Economic Advisory Committee

Ann Pettifor 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 Stevenson

Entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and reluctant futurologist

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). His many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson¹s Virgin Earth Challenge, Ashoka and Civilised Bank. Mark is also part of the comedy duo The Futurenauts and a playwright (his farce Octopus Soup, written with Jack Milner, comes to London in 2018).

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