Economic Growth – The Future of a Dangerous Idea | How To Academy


Tue, 23 April 2024

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm BST

Economic Growth – The Future of a Dangerous Idea

Daniel Susskind In Conversation With Paul van Zyl

The bestselling economist joins us with a revelatory account of the past and present of economic growth – and how we should rethink it for a better future.

Over the past two centuries, economic growth has freed billions from poverty and made our lives far healthier and longer. As a result, the unfettered pursuit of growth defines economic life around the world. Yet this prosperity has come at an enormous price: deepening inequalities, destabilising technologies, environmental destruction and climate change.

Confusion reigns. For many, in our era of anaemic economic progress, the worry is slowing growth – in the UK, Europe, China and elsewhere. Others understandably claim, given its costs, that the only way forward is through ‘degrowth’, deliberating shrinking our economies.

At this time of uncertainty about growth and its value, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind joins us for a reckoning. He will argue that we cannot abandon growth but shows instead how we must redirect it, making it better reflect what we truly value.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from one of the most original and provocative economic thinkers of our time as he gets to grips with one of our greatest preoccupations.

Praise for Daniel Susskind’s Growth – A Reckoning:

‘Daniel Susskind is a compelling, insightful thinker on the largest and most fundamental economic topics. At a time when traditional notions of growth are increasingly being questioned, this book is profoundly important.’ – Larry Summers

‘This is a wonderfully elegant and authoritative explanation-cum-manifesto for what is perhaps the most important economic issue facing us today – the mystery of economic growth and what we need to do to solve it.’ – Andy Haldane

‘Daniel Susskind writes with verve, style and conviction about one of the most important issues of our age.’ – Rory Stewart

‘Growth – the lack of it, the search for it, the barriers to it – is the challenge at the core of most political debates and with which all politicians struggle. Susskind’s study is a tour de force.’ – Gordon Brown 

‘For two centuries, economic growth has meant longer lives, better health, and material comfort. But has growth now come to an end? What can be done to restart the engine? Or should we halt growth deliberately, given its environmental costs? This panoramic book addresses the most fundamental economic questions from a deeply ethical perspective.’ – Diane Coyle, Bennet Professor of Public Policy at Cambridge University and author of GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

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Daniel Susskind

Economist and Bestselling Author

Daniel Susskind is a Research Professor in Economics at King’s College London and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University. He is the author of A World without Work and co-author of the bestselling The Future of the Professions. Previously, he worked in the British government, as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Cabinet Office, and at 10 Downing Street.

Paul van Zyl

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit Club

Co-Founder of The Conduit and Chief Creative Officer, Paul is a winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organisation based in New York City.