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Our Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance

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The past thirty years has seen unprecedented globalisation and accelerating technological change; the speed, scale and complexity of which has far-reaching implications for business, individuals and societies.

In this fascinating talk, Professor Ian Goldin of the University of Oxford identifies the drivers of global growth and explains why emerging markets are likely to continue to grow at high levels for the coming decades. He will talk on why rising life expectancy and collapsing fertility around the world has dramatic consequences for pensions, retirement, dependency and employment patterns; and how advances in artificial intelligence and robotics has the potential to replace significant numbers of jobs and widen inequality.

However, globalisation not only spreads opportunities but also creates new forms of risks including pandemics, cyberattacks, climate change and financial contagion. These increase uncertainty and are associated with growing extremism which threaten to reverse integration and globalisation.

Professor Goldin will identify future trends and opportunities and outline strategies for seizing the opportunities and mitigating the risks.

Professor Goldin’s talk will draw on his latest book, Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance published by Bloomsbury.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session in collaboration with the Edinburgh Futures Institute. The evening will finish with a networking drinks reception.

Attendance at the talk is free but registration is required.

Professor Goldin is also taking part in the Interdisciplinary Learning: Creative Thinking for a Complex World conference which precedes this lecture. Full details and how to book your place at this conference here.


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Professor Ian Goldin, University of Oxford