The Centre for the Understanding for Sustainable Prosperity regularly invites guest speakers from various fields of expertise feeding into the work of CUSP. A list of featured videos can be accessed below. For all available video recordings, please see our Youtube Channel. Audio files are available through our Mixcloud channel. Photography from events can be found in our gallery.
Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: An Economy That Works For All | London, 24 Oct 2018
The idea of building ‘an economy that works for all’ has an almost universal appeal. Its roots can be traced to a call made fifty years ago by Senator Robert F Kennedy (RFK) to address the ‘poverty of satisfaction, dignity and purpose that afflicts us all’. But what does it mean in practice for an advanced economy today, ten years after the financial crisis, faced with imminent climate change, persistent inequality, and continuing economic fragilities? Our fourth Nature of Prosperity dialogue addresses this challenge and teases out some of its most pressing policy implications. We were joined in Westminster by Kerry Kennedy, US human rights lawyer and daughter of RFK, Clive Lewis MP, Shadow Treasury Minister, Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation, and Michael Jacobs, Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice. The conference was hosted by CUSP Director Tim Jackson. The day concluded with a keynote reflection from Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and chair of our Nature of Prosperity Dialogue series.
The Dilemma of Growth — Tim Jackson and David Folkerts-Landau | Hamburg, 27 Sept 2018
As part of the 2018 ZEIT Wirtschaftsforum, CUSP Director Tim Jackson and Deutsche Bank Chief Economist David Folkerts-Landau were invited for a debate on the dilemma of growth, the relevance of GDP growth for wellbeing, and the political feasibility of a postgrowth agenda. The conversation was facilitated by DIE ZEIT correspondent Mark Schieritz. For details about the Wirtschaftsforum, have a look at the event’s website.
Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: Ethics and Utopias | London, 16 Feb 2018
As part of its enquiry into the meaning of sustainable prosperity, CUSP has commissioned a series of essays from leading thinkers on these questions. This event brought five of these authors together and, along with members of the CUSP team, invited them to explore the moral dimensions of sustainable prosperity along different philosophical axes. Speakers of the day were Prof Ruth Levitas, Prof Melissa Lane, Sir Roger Scruton, Prof John O’Neill and Prof Ingrid Robeyns. Uffe Elbæk, founder of the Alternativet party in Denmark, was joining us as well. The event featured a keynote address by Lord Rowan Williams on the enduring relevance of William Morris for contemporary thinking on Utopias and the ethics required for a sustainable economy and society.
Kate Raworth: Doughnut Economics | Guildford, 7 Feb 2018
Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the need of all within the means of the planet. Kate Raworth argues that last-century’s economic theories will in no way equip us for it. Instead, it’s time for some serious rethinking. The Doughnut is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge. Conceptualised as a convening space for debate, it is based on the planetary boundaries framework, adding to it the demands of social justice — and so bringing social and environmental concerns together
Johan Rockström: World development Within Planetary Boundaries | Guildford, 2 Nov 2017
The advent of the Anthropocene, the scientific recognition of the remarkably stable state of the Earth system during the Holocene Inter-glacial, the rising evidence of global risks of crossing Earth tipping points and the signs of a gradual decline in Earth resilience, constitute overwhelming evidence for the need of a deep mind-shift. In his lecture for CUSP, Johan Rockström presented his latest research into the planetary boundaries.
Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato: Rethinking Capitalism | London, 15 Mar 2017
In this joint lecture, Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs seek to explain the causes of the current economic crisis, and suggest how we might escape it. Drawing on their new book, Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth they show how today’s deep economic problems reflect the inadequacies of orthodox economic theory and the failure of economic policies informed by it. They aim to show how alternative economic approaches can better explain how capitalism works, why it often doesn’t, and how it can be made more innovative, inclusive and sustainable. The lecture is followed by a discussion with CUSP Director, Tim Jackson, and audience Q&A.
Tim Jackson: Prosperity Without Growth — Hillary Award 2016 and Book Launch | Guildford, 19 Dec 2016
A new edition of Prosperity Without Growth – the landmark work by CUSP Director Professor Tim Jackson – was launched at a special event on 19 December at the University of Surrey, which also celebrated his appointment as 2016 Hillary Laureate.
Nature of Prosperity Dialogue | London, 28 Nov 2016
In challenging and uncertain times, our theme for second in our series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity was the role of hope in redefining and delivering prosperity. The dialogue series is chaired by Baron Rowan Williams and featured Jørgen Randers, Graeme Maxton and Camilla Toulmin.
CUSP Launch | London, 23 May 2016
The event was the first in a series of public debates (hosted by CUSP) engaging young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in one of the most vital questions of our time: what does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits? Our launch event featured Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, in conversation with long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar. Other speakers were Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global VP Sustainable Business, Unilever), Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth); followed by a stunning live-performance from the Streetwise Opera.
Adair Turner: Debt, Growth & Sustainability | Guildford, 11 Feb 2016
Adair Turner gave a public lecture on Sustainable Finance at the University of Surrey on Thursday 11th February 2016. One of the most respected thinkers on financial reform and author of Between Debt and the Devil, Adair explored the financial innovations needed to deliver sustainability and avoid excessive credit growth.