We are More than This: the breakdown of the neoliberal consensus and the building of something better
February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Andrew Simms, author, activist and co-director of the New Weather Institute
Are we the one-dimensional selfish, competitive, individuals that mainstream economics has built its world around for the last four decades? Or are we more than this? Evidence is emerging in many disciplines that we are indeed much more. Not only do we show common traits of generosity, empathy and cooperation, we behave very much as group animals, not just enjoying each other’s company but highly influenced by each other’s behaviour.
But more than just an argument about human principle, in practice a new economy that embodies our better selves is emerging in all aspects of our lives. Altogether it points to a much more positive future for human society than many news headlines suggest.
Andrew Simms is a political economist, environmentalist, campaigner and co-founder of the New Weather Institute. He is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, where he was policy director for over a decade. During that time he founded the NEF’s work programme on climate change, energy and interdependence, instigated their ‘Great Transition’ project, and ran work on local economies coining the term ‘clone towns’ to describe the homogenisation of high streets by chain stores.
He wrote Tescopoly on Tesco’s dominance of the grocery market, Ecological Debt on framing the transgression of planetary boundaries, and co-authored The New Economics and Green New Deal, devising the concept of ‘ecological debt day’ to illustrate when in the year we begin living beyond our environmental means.
He writes often for the Guardian and broadcasts with the BBC World Service and was described by New Scientist Magazine as ‘a master at joined-up progressive thinking’. His latest book, Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity is a manifesto of new economic possibilities.
- February 27
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm