Our economic system is driving us towards a perfect storm. We are facing ecological breakdown. Rising debt is threatening a new financial crash. Inequality is pulling societies apart.
For 50 years, the scientific prestige of the Nobel Prize has given authority to economic ideas at the heart of this system. We urgently need to reroute society away from this catastrophic path. That starts with fresh economic thinking.
Who are the economic thinkers and doers setting out innovative new directions to meet the challenges of the 21st century? Who, in the original spirit of Alfred Nobel, you think have contributed “the greatest benefit to humankind”.
There are seven finalists for the #NotTheNobel prize 2019: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Kate Raworth, Laura Carvalho, Mariana Mazzucato, Randall Wray, Steve Keen and Tom Rippin – you find out more about them, how they were selected and you can vote for them here.
Mark Dolan will host a panel discussion about the finalists with Sally Uren, a leader in business sustainability; Matt Leach, a community development innovator and Maya Goodfellow, writer and academic.
The event will be live-streamed with live online voting. And you will be able to join the conversation on Twitter with #NotTheNobel. Mark Dolan will choose interesting tweets to build into the discussion.
Voting will then close and that winner will be revealed…… Don’t miss being there at this truely unique event.
Mark Dolan is an award-winning broadcaster and comedian, perhaps best-known as host of the iconic Channel 4 comedy series Balls of Steel. Mark is also an ongoing weekly commentator on Sky News.
Sally Uren OBE is CEO of the Forum for the Future. She works with leading global organisations, foundations, and membership organisations, both in one-to-one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address complex challenges in systems as diverse as food, energy, apparel and shipping.
Sally acts an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses, including Kimberly Clark, Kingfisher and Burberry. She is also an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands and Johnson and Johnson’s Earthwards Board. In 2018, she was the independent Chair of DFID’s Business Partnership Fund, part of the Business Innovation Facility. She acts as a judge for a number of sustainability award schemes, including the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.
In December 2017, Sally received an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for services to sustainability in business.
Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera and the Independent. Her work largely focuses on UK politics, race, gender and immigration. She has a PhD in race and racism from SOAS, University of London and her book Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats is out on 5th November.
Matt Leach is CEO of Local Trust, a Lottery-endowed charity pursuing a radical decade-long experiment which has committed £1.1m of funds to each of 150 “left behind” communities across England, with no strings attached other than that all decisions on how the money is spent must be made by local residents working together to improve their local area.
Prior to joining Local Trust, Matt led social housing innovation agency HACT, spent time as a director at the – briefly notorious – Red Tory think tank ResPublica and held a range of senior leadership roles in central government and the wider public sector, including as private secretary to then Housing Minister Nick Raynsford, CEO of civil society funder Capacitybuilders and Executive Director at social housing investment agency the Housing Corporation.