Paul Collier and John Kay

Paul Collier and John Kay

Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism

The Great Reset/
Sat 21 November 2020

Crowdcast

Paul Collier and John Kay

Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism

Paul Collier and John Kay
Sat 21 November 2020,

Crowdcast

The idea of individualism has dominated our cultural and political thought for the past 30 years. Paul Collier (pictured left) and John Kay (right) argue that the combination of individual selfishness and overconfident top-down management has damaged and divided our society.

The age of homo economicus and centralisation is coming to an end. Instead, community and mutuality will be the drivers of successful societies in the future – as they are already in some parts of the world. Collier and Kay provide practical solutions to heal and unite Britain, by decentralising political and monetary power from London, restoring a more representative government and supporting the NHS with small, community initiatives. They show how politics can reverse the move to extremes of right and left in recent years, and that if we think differently we can find common ground to the benefit of all.

They are in conversation with Jenny Kleeman.

Book cover of Greed is Dead by Paul Collier and John Kay

Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism  is published by Penguin Books. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.

This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. All proceeds go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.

Image of Paul Collier by John Cairn. Image of John Kay by Dr Mika Oldham.

 

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