IIED opens doors to open minds

News, 13 February 2014
As part of efforts to explore new ideas and widen the knowledge of its staff, IIED has launched a new series of talks by visiting experts.

Re-Define Managing Director Sony Kapoor, pictured giving a slightly larger presentation, recently delivered a Critical Theme lecture to IIED staff (Photo: Zero Emission Resource Organisation via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Sony Kapoor, the managing director of international think tank Re-Define, and Eric Beinhocker, the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking's research programme, have already visited IIED's Gray's Inn Road office this year.

Both made compelling presentations before answering questions and contributing in an open forum that encouraged dialogue and debate.

Beinhocker is also a member of the Said Business School at Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of Economics at Central European University. His presentation focused on emerging research that describes the economy as an evolving complex system, and he outlined what that means for the future of economic growth, climate change, and environmental sustainability. 

Titled 'Escaping the Malthusian Trap', the presentation can also be viewed on IIED's Slideshare presence and below:

Kapoor, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, discussed how to best connect the financial and economic policy-making community to the environmental agenda.

The first Chairman of the Banking Stakeholder Group at the European Banking Authority, and an expert adviser to the European Parliament and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), his talk focused on building a green financial system.

More information on the subject of Kapoor's presentation can be found on the Re-Define website (PDF)

Last year, Jesper Stage, Professor of Economics at Mid-Sweden University and a former IIED International Fellow, gave a presentation titled 'Better indicators than GDP? Yes, but better at what?', and Kate Raworth, Visiting Fellow in Economics at IIED/Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Unit, Oxford University, presented 'Rewriting economics for the 21st century'.

The series of seminars was organised as part of a strategic review of environmental economics by IIED, with expert speakers invited to challenge our thinking on economic issues. 

The next Critical Theme will take place on Tuesday 11 March 2014 and will feature Pavan Sukhdev, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GIST Advisory, a specialist consulting firm that helps governments and corporations discover, measure, value, and manage their impacts on natural and human capital.


Morgan Williams (Morgan.Williams@iied.org).

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