Meet the Author

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

The Meet the Author events at the OECD Forum offer a unique opportunity to go deeper into the challenges our societies are facing today and to explore what brings us together. Held in the more informal Discovery Lab space, these sessions are 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?


“Getting the governance of information and production disruption right is critical…”

Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance

Jonathan D. Aronson


“Technologies of poverty management are not neutral. They are shaped by … fear of economic insecurity and hatred of the poor; they in turn shape the politics and experience of poverty.”

Automating Inequality -  How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Virginia Eubanks


“Have we lost sight of the common good? If so, how might economics help us get back on track in pursuing it?”

Economics for the Common Good

Jean Tirole


« En apparence, c’est une ville. Dans ses profondeurs, le monde d’aujourd’hui. »

La Communauté

Raphaëlle Bacqué and Ariane Chemin


“Robotisation, automation and digitalisation can radically transform the structure of the global economy.”

TECHtonic Shifts

Zoltán Cséfalvay

“The book I began to write was only in part a book about Delhi. It was just as much about the global system itself.”

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

Rana Dasgupta


“We have failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty.”

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond


 “The people of Janesville do not give up.”

Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein


“It is time to look at income inequality not as a national phenomenon only, as has been done for the last century, but as a global one.”

Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization

Branko Milanovic


“The complacent class: the growing number of people in our society who accept, welcome, or even enforce a resistance to things  new, different, or challenging.”

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

Tyler Cowen


“Our lives today are full of cognitive dissonance, all based around some of the tensions which happen when you put human beings … in a computerized social world that is literally programmed to be without limit and never switched off.”

Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload

Julia Hobsbawm


“[J]ournalism, vigorously practised, really is a necessary concomitant to democratic, civil societies…”

The Power and the Story: The Global Battle for News and Information

John Lloyd


“Until recently, liberal democracy reigned triumphant. … Politically speaking, it seemed, the future would not be much different from the past.Then the future came – and it turned out to be very different indeed.”

The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

Yascha Mounk


“How do societies, governments, or governing systems solve complex problems, or to put it another way, how do collective problems find collective solutions?”

Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World

Geoff Mulgan


“In 1984, 38% of computer science degrees were awarded to women. In 2014, less than 10% were. … It’s time to change this depressing statistic.”

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories

Tarah Wheeler