Meet the Author

At a time when trust in experts and facts is eroding and civil discourse sometimes seems impossible, a space for listening to and learning from each other is more needed than ever before.

The Meet the Author events at the OECD Forum offer participants and speakers alike a unique opportunity to go deeper into the challenges and divides our societies are facing today. Held in the more informal Discovery Lab space, these sessions have been designed for exchanging new ideas and for encountering creative new voices and views. Each year we identify authors and books at the heart of OECD Forum agenda, addressing issues and dimensions that provide much needed complementarity to the OECD’s own analysis.

First held in 2015, Meet the Author has become an annual favourite. This year, why not take the discussion further and join in the Discovery Lab to share your perspective with authors, the OECD and each other?


“While consumers reap many benefits from online purchasing, the sophisticated algorithms and data-crunching that make browsing so convenient are also changing the nature of market competition, and not always for the better.”

Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy

Ariel Ezrachi, author


“Joblessness is a root cause of the global unrest threatening international security. Fostering entrepreneurship is the remedy.”

Peace through Entrepreneurship

Steven Koltai, entrepreneur and managing director of Koltai and Co. LLC.


“The rich are taxed when people believe not just that inequality is high, but also that it is fundamentally stacked in favor of the rich, and the government did the stacking.”

Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe

Kenneth Scheve, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, United States


“Work is no longer the road to riches, or even the way out of poverty. There may be more work, but it pays less.”

The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay

Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

« Elle n’a pas été inutile, mais son rôle historique est derrière elle. … Qu’a fait l’Union européenne si ce n’est beaucoup promettre et peu tenir ? »

Les salauds de l’Europe : Guide à l'usage des eurosceptiques

Jean Quatremer, author and journalist


“Journey through the ups and downs of waking, eating, working, playing, being troubled and dreaming to see how, in each instance, we can match up a subjective state … with the physical brain”

A Day in the Life of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk

Susan Greenfield, CEO & Founder, Neuro-Bio Ltd, and member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom


“Once upon a time, there were 10 simple ways to be ‘happy as a Dane’…”

Happy as a Dane

Malene Rydahl, author


“Over four months I went cycling across Britain, gathering stories, seeking out something I couldn’t yet name.”

Island Story: Journeys through Unfamiliar Britain

J.D. Taylor, researcher and charity worker


“How do you create hygge? How are hygge and happiness linked? And what is hygge, exactly?”

The Little Book of Hygge

Meik Wiking, Chief Executive of the Happiness Research Institute, Denmark


“Welcome to the Post-Truth era – a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy.”

Post Truth: the New War on Truth and How to Fight Back

Matthew d’Ancona, author and journalist


“There are about 7,000 languages in the world. The language of economics is one of the newest and least well known, but it is rapidly becoming one of the most important.”

The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts

Zach Ward-Perkins, author