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How Can a Global Crisis Lead to a Better World? Ian Goldin

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Ian Goldin

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Ian Goldin tackles the challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic and offers an optimistic vision of the future we all have the power to create.

Covid-19 has destroyed global norms. Many think that after the devastation there will be a bounce back but Goldin warns that returning to ‘business as usual’ could lead to a dystopian future. Instead, we should look at the possibilities this crisis offers. We could find ourselves in a similar situation to that of the Second World War when the Beveridge report, the ideas behind the creation of the British welfare state and the United Nations were forged and new international institutions laid the foundations for a host of social and economic reforms. 

Goldin looks at globalisation and the future of jobs, income inequality and geopolitics, the climate crises and the future of cities to provide a roadmap that reveals how the pandemic could lead to a better world. We’ll also debate what a new Beveridge report might cover now. 

In conversation with Bristol Ideas director Andrew Kelly.

Ian Goldin’s Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World is published by Sceptre. Buy a copy from Waterstones, our bookselling partners.

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Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford and leads the Oxford Martin Programmes on the Future of Work, Technological and Economic Change and the Future of Development. Prior to becoming the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, he was Vice President of the World Bank, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela.

He also worked as Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and as Programme Director at the OECD in Paris. He has served as a non-executive director on the boards of leading businesses, received a knighthood from the French government, and has advised many international organisations and governments. He is a regular keynote speaker on Ted, Google, Zeitgeist and at Davos.

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