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Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance

Thursday 7 April 2016

1 Hour


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Former vice-president of the World Bank Professor Ian Goldin and fellow author Chris Kutarna preview their forthcoming book about the risks and rewards of a new Renaissance taking place in our modern world.

The great names of Da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Goldin and Kutarna say that the same forces are at work today. We have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. They argue that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man, those of warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

Goldin is director of the Oxford Martin School and professor of globalisation and development at the University of Oxford. He is a former vice-president of the World Bank and former chief executive of the development Bank of South Africa and advisor to Nelson Mandela. Kutarna is a fellow at the Oxford Martin School and holds a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford.
This event is part of the festival’s leadership programme sponsored by HSBC.