A World Beyond Greed | How To Academy


Thu, 30 July 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


A World Beyond Greed

Paul Collier and John Kay in conversation with Linda Yueh

Join two of the UK’s leading economists as they call for an end to extreme individualism as the engine of prosperity.

Successful societies are rare and fragile. Throughout history, they have achieved a balance between two sides of human nature – the instinct to co-operate, and the instinct to compete. Institutions that channel those instincts towards the greater good are the difference between prosperous, thriving societies and ones paralysed by discord.

We could not have built the modern world without harnessing these dual instincts – but in recent decades the balance between them has been dangerously skewed to extreme individualism, polarising our politics and weakening our ability to cooperate with one another.

Now preeminent Oxford economists Paul Collier and John Kay join How To Academy to make an impassioned argument for a new kind of politics – reversing the moves toward tribalism and extremism, bringing prosperity back to decaying communities and overturning the greed that has degraded corporate culture. As the world emerges from an unprecedented crisis, we have a unique opportunity to examine society afresh and build a better world.

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

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Paul Collier

Oxford University economics professor and multi-award-winning author of The Bottom Billion.

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is a former Director of the Development Research group at the World Bank. His multi-award-winning book The Bottom Billion was published in 2007.

John Kay

Ex-Financial Times columnist and current Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford.

John Kay is a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford and has held professorial appointments at the University of Oxford, London Business School and the London School of Economics. He is a director of several public companies and for many years contributed a weekly column to the Financial Times. He chaired the UK government review of equity markets which reported in 2012 recommending substantial reforms. He is the author of many books including Other People’s Money, The Truth about Markets, The Long and the Short of It and Obliquity.