How Should We Think About the Future?

Ian Goldin, Margaret Heffernan and Sophie Howe

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In thinking about the future of cities, we need to look at many factors ranging from our individual lives to the future of the planet. What are the long-term trends and ideas – especially in terms of technological change, globalisation and governance – that will have an impact on cities and regions? And what do we need to do to ensure that change happens – to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of us all – and is embedded now to help create that new future?

Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change, University of Oxford. His next two books focus on the future of cities. Sophie Howe is the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales (the first person to assume the post) with the role to make sure that public bodies meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Margaret Heffernan, author of Wilful Blindness and the forthcoming Uncharted: How to Map the Future, chairs.


Booking opens Monday 2 September 2019.

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