Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 November 2019

In association with  Triodos Bank

FOE 2019 c Alys Jones

In our eighth Festival of Economics, programmed by Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge and Enlightenment Economics), economists and experts from around the world debated with each other – and their audiences – some of the key economic questions of our time.

Join the debate on Twitter @FestivalofIdeas #economicsfest

This year’s cover illustration is by Alys Jones.


We’re supporting the Festival of Economics in our hometown of Bristol for the third year running. The festival facilitates a lively and important discussion about our economic future and some of the big trends, such employee ownership or how we pay for social care. It’s great to see people of all ages and backgrounds attending. Our belief is that the financial system and our economies are inherently linked to the natural environment and the health of our society. Their stability and success is dependent upon them. It is therefore time we promote more alternative thinking as we can no longer measure success purely in terms of growth when our resources are finite – and we can work harder to create a global economy that works better for people and planet.

We should not focus on growth for growth’s sake and the single measure of GDP, an outdated metric incapable of connecting our economy with social and environmental outcomes that determine our wellbeing and future prosperity. It is time to redirect our banks and the flow of money in the economy, and we need greater transparency on how our money is used, to understand its impact and to know where to direct it to create the conditions for people to thrive.

Bevis Watts, CEO, Triodos Bank UK


You can download the 2019 brochure here

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Audio Recordings 2019/

Photo Album 2018/

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Audio recordings are also available for the 20142015 and 2016 festivals. There is footage from some festival events on our YouTube channel.

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