Headliner DIF Live Launch

  • Speakers:
  • Tim Harford , Ann Pettifor, Mark Stevenson

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What are the stories that we tell ourselves about the economy?

That’s the question that Mark Stevenson, Ann Pettifor, and Tim Harford will explore at the DIF Live Launch, live from the Crypt on the Green in London.

Futurist, author and comedian Mark Stevenson says that “technology is not an answer, it is a fundamental and deep question about the kind of world that we want to live in”, and will share what he’s learnt from the people re-imagining our future.

The Undercover Economist Tim Harford is known for his many books and chart-topping podcast 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, but at the DIF we’ll be looking forward, not back. What are the different innovations, mindsets and behaviours that need to co-exist to create an economy that works?

In 2006, Ann Pettifor saw an economic story unfolding. Her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis predicted the crash and chaos that was around the corner, but since then has anything actually changed? At the Live Launch, Pettifor will tell us not just why we need to redesign our financial systems, but how we can start.

On the night, we’ll hear from each of the speakers before getting stuck into a lively Q&A (with a twist). It’s a celebration of everything the DIF stands for, an unmissable and unconventional opening ceremony to kick off the three weeks of the festival itself. Attend in person - be part of our audience, pose your questions, offer your opinion on key discussion points and network with our guests throughout the evening. Confirm your place here.

Can’t be there in person? Fear not. We’ll be broadcasting the whole event right here on the DIF website, where your host Vicky will be making you welcome and fielding questions for the speakers.


Tim Harford

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

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

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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