Discovery Lab: Schedule of encounters for 2014


Sessions on Monday 5 May 2014


Meet the AUTHOR



10:00-10:45 How Much Is Enough?
, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick & Martine Durand, Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician, OECD

Robert Skidelsky argues that people in OECD countries work too hard and by doing so miss out on the “good life” — an ethical concept of a life as “worthy of desire, not just one that is widely desired.”  What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? 

12:00-12:45  Who’s Worried About Ageing? 
Evidence from the Pew Global Attitudes Survey
, Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducted a public opinion survey around the world on aging.  Results suggest that, in a rapidly graying world, the Japanese are worried, yet Americans are not.  Is aging a problem in your country?  What are the costs of an aging population?

12:15-13:00 The Entrepreneurial State
, R.M.Phillips Professor in Economics of Innovation, University of Sussex (SPRU)

Mariana Mazzucato debunks the myth of laggard governments at odds with a dynamic private sector.  She reveals in case study after case study that the opposite is true, with the private sector only finding the courage to invest after the government has made high-risk investments.  How can the returns on investment be more fairly shared?  Why are some states successful entrepreneurs while others are failures?


"Merde à la Déprime"
, Business Person and Author
French only

Plusieurs désespèrent. Pas Jacques Séguéla ! Il croit qu’une nouvelle société s’invente et nous donne plus de raisons d’espérer que de craindre. Cette morosité générale est-elle historique ou seulement contextuelle du fait de la crise ? Quel rôle jouent les politiques dans cet état de fait ?

13:15-14:00  Hacking Your Education
, Founder, UnCollege & , Policy Analyst, Directorate for Education, OECD

Dale Stephens suggests that college diplomas are antiquated. He explains how he and dozens of others have hacked their education -- you don’t need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit.  Do you believe college is overrated? Is a degree still worth what it was years ago?  What do you believe is the future of education? 

14:00-14:45  Living Your Dream
, Designer, Omar Munie Clothing & Charles Ruffolo, Author, Network your Way to Success

Networking helps to achieve business and personal goals by creating systems of mutual benefits with those you know.  Effective networking is vital to the success of organisations and the individuals who work in them.  Come meet the Network King and a successful designer who has put the advice to good use.  

14:15-15:00  GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester; Director, Enlightenment Economics 

Diane Coyle’s book tells the story of GDP, making sense of a statistic that appears constantly in the news, business, and politics, and that seems to rule our lives--but that hardly anyone actually understands.  Is GDP still a good measure for a 21st century economy driven by innovation, services, and intangibles?  What are the alternatives?

15:00-15:45 The Internet: Slaying Sacred Cows
, Founder and Chief Executive, Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT); Author, The Other Hundred

It's time to stop arguing that the internet is a force only for good.  Until very recently, critics of the internet were cast as luddites or anti-freedom. Then came the news that governments are spying on their citizens and those across the world.  The privacy issue and other topics point to the potentially corrosive impacts of the internet revolution.  What are the greatest dangers posed by the Internet?  How can we minimise them?

15:15-16:00 Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World
, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford

Paul Collier examines migration from three perspectives: the migrants themselves, the countries they leave and the countries to which they move.  He explores the economics and politics of global migration and offers a surprising and controversial case for restricting it. How much more migration would be beneficial?  To whom?
16:00-17:00 The Trouble with Economics
, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester; Director, Enlightenment Economics & , Professor, Management Department; Associate Dean, PhD Program, ESSEC Business School, France & , Vice Rector, University of Geneva, Switzerland & , Economic Counsellor to the Chief Economist, OECD

The effects of the financial crisis are still being felt, six years on.  There is considerable soul-searching to identify its root cause. A number of economists have stated that the crisis was a large intellectual failure by their discipline -- economics had got it wrong and had been using the wrong intellectual apparatus. What are the key lessons from the financial crisis for the teaching of economics?  How can the teaching of economics at universities evolve to include the intellectual and empirical advances introduced in the recent decades?

16:15-17:00 Frugal Innovation
, Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge & , Deputy Director, Science, Technology & Industry, OECD

Innovation is a key directive at companies worldwide. But in these tough times, expensive R&D projects and highly-structured innovation processes are difficult to sustain.  Navi Radjou and Dirk Pilat will discuss how the West might turn to places like India, Brazil, and China for a new approach to frugal and flexible innovation. What are some “best policy” examples which the West could adopt?  
17:00-17:45 Quand la France s’éveillera (“When France Will Wake”)
, former Director-General, World Trade Organization

Pascal Lamy speaks about France and Europe in the face of globalization.  He argues that their world view should adjust to take better advantages of the opportunities being offered without compromising the founding principles of equality and social justice.  How can Europe be more competitive without reducing its social safety net?  How can European social principles be exported throughout the world so that others may also benefit? 

17:15-18:00 The Last Vote
, Buttonwood Columnist and capital markets Editor, The Economist & Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications, OECD

Philip Coggan shows how democracy today faces threats that we ignore at our own risk. Amid the turmoil of the financial crisis, high debt levels, and an ever-growing gap between the richest and the rest, it is easy to forget that the ultimate victim could be our democracy itself. Coggan revisits the assumptions on which democracy is founded. Why should we value it? What are its flaws? 

Sessions on Tuesday 6 May 2014


Meet the AUTHOR

13:00-14:00  Caring Economics
, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy & , Director, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany

Dennis Snower and Tania Singer argue that economic analysis focuses excessively on self-interest and creates the impression that wellbeing rests on the satisfaction of material desires. But evidence indicates that, for those who are already materially secure, material gains do not give long lasting pleasure. Instead, individuals should give attention to the accumulation of internal prosperity that flows from giving and connecting with others, since these have a profound and long-lasting influence on wellbeing.  How can biology and psychology inform economic decision-making?  Can these lessons be applied to global societal problems?

12:45-13:30  The Default Line
, Economics Editor, Channel 4 News

Faisal Islam discusses the financial crisis and puts its causes and consequences into the necessary perspective. Having exposed the Icelandic banking crisis, watched Lehman Bros crash, investigated emerging economies in India and China and interviewed a host of key international players from the Governor of the Bank of England to the head of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund, Faisal Islam captures the extraordinary scale of what has happened.  What lessons can be learned from the crisis?


14:00-14:45 Average is over
, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University & , Economist/Policy Analyst, Science, Technology and Industry Directorate, OECD

The widening income gap means if you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom.  Tyler Cowen explains that high earners are taking ever more advantage of machine intelligence in data analysis and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven’t committed to learning new technologies have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor and this is changing the world of work and wages. A steady, secure life somewhere in the middle—average—is over.  What is best path forward for workers and entrepreneurs?  

15:00-16:15 The Value of Networks
, Board Chair, Japan Women’s Innovative Network (J-Win) & , Chairperson and Managing Director, Delta Shield for Investment; Co-Chair, OECD MENA Women's Business Forum & , Founder, Women in Parliaments Global Forum & Annick de Vanssay, Managing Director, JUMP & Mathilde Mesnard, Senior advisor to the Secretary General, OECD 

Networks serve many vital purposes including access to finance, advice, information sharing, education, mentoring, and lobbying. Too often, women do not benefit enough from such networks which are commonly used by men and their value in promoting gender equality has come into question. The use of networks is one method of advancing women's careers, but also a tool for changing the culture of the workplace, and more broadly, making our society more inclusive and open. Do networks bring about real change? Are current networks competing rather than joining forces for more impact? Should networks be created for women or should women participate more in existing professional networks commonly used by men?