In this kick-off we explore how economics is at the basis of incremental systematic change. How do the global financial and economic system, climate change, human consciousness and social security relate to one another? How do these systems interact and most importantly, how can we – without discarding capitalism in its entirety – transform them?

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Moderated by
Natasja van den Berg
Moderator
David van Overbeek
Moderator | Econoom, filosoof en maker De NIeuwe Wereld TV

About the speakers

Irene van Staveren is professor of pluralist development economics at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is project leader of the online database Indices of Social Development, member of the think tank Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) and on the board of the student initiative Rethinking Economics NL. In 2015 she published a pluralist economics textbook with Routledge, titled Economics after the Crisis – an introduction to economics from a pluralist and global perspective.

Arnoud Boot is a Dutch economist and professor of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets at the University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008. He currently serves as chairman of the European Finance Association (EFA), and also chairs the Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL), an Utrecht-based initiative that stands for the financial stability and the environmental sustainability of finance. Professor Boot is also council member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

About the series

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Program seriesFuture of Capitalism

Over the past century, the capitalist model of the free market economy has demonstrated to be an effective vehicle to create wealth. However, in today’s globalised world, the downsides of this model have become more and more obvious: ecological decay, increasing inequality worldwide, financialisation, inadequate resource allocations and a new geopolitical power balance. The credit crisis of 2008, and more recently, the coronacrisis, have further exposed these issues. How can the freedom and innovative potential of free markets be squared with the requirements of ecological sustainability and social justice and inclusivity?