Mon, 25 January 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

Mariana Mazzucato in conversation with George the Poet

Join one of the world’s most exciting and original economists for a powerful new approach for dealing with inequality, disease and climate change, in conversation with spoken word performer and podcaster George the Poet.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, capitalism was stuck. It had no answer to the different challenges facing the world – from those related to health to digital privacy to the climate crisis.

Taking inspiration from President Kennedy’s ‘moonshot’ programmes that successfully co-ordinated public and private sectors to put a man on the moon, Mariana Mazzucato calls for the same level of boldness and experimentation to be applied to the biggest social and political issues of our time. 

‘One of the most influential economists in the world’ (Wired), Mazzucato advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. In this livestream event, she will offer a way out of our impasse to a more optimistic future. She will argue that we need to rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose.

Praise for Mariana Mazzucato:

“Mariana Mazzucato wants liberals to talk less about the redistribution of wealth and more about its creation. Politicians around the world are listening” – The New York Times

“She is as forthright in her opinions as she is eloquent in expressing them” – Financial Times

“When it comes to the machinery needed to win a war of ideas, it doesn’t get much more powerful than Mariana Mazzucato” – Guardian

“Routing the male, pale and stale world of post-hegemony economics, Mazzucato has become a crucial voice in the field of left-wing academic thought” – GQ

“One of the world’s most influential economists is on a mission to save capitalism from itself” – Quartz


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Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation at University College London

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is Founding Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. She is winner of numerous international prizes including the 2020 John Von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values and the 2018 Leontief Prize. She was named one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation’ by the New Republic and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by Wired.

George the Poet

Spoken word performer and podcaster

George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and social commentator and seen his work broadcast to billions of people worldwide. In summer of 2018, he opened the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with his poem ‘The Beauty of Union’, and in 2019, his audio offering ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast?’ won a prestigious Peabody Award and 5 Gold British Podcast Awards, including the highly-coveted Podcast of the Year. The podcast was described by BBC R4 as “a story that could change the world”. George is now embarking on a PhD and completing chapter 3 of the podcast.