\ Mariana Mazzucato on Mission economy – Committee For Sydney

Mariana Mazzucato on Mission economy

April 6, 2021

Date: Tuesday 20 April

Time: 6pm AEST

Subject: Mission economy: putting public purpose and common good in the centre of creating value.

World leading economist Mariana Mazzucato’s acclaimed new book, ‘Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism’ argues we need a rethink of capitalism and government – from their roles and relationship in driving innovation, to how economic value is created, measured and shared.

Mazzucato says we can learn from the bold vision of sending people to the moon, and a ‘mission-oriented way’ to solve the grand challenges facing humanity. Her vision rethinks policy, R&D and knowledge itself – it’s a powerful vision with the public interest firmly at its heart.

Please join us for this special Committee for Sydney Global webinar, as Mariana Mazzucato joins us from London in conversation with author and Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully.

About our speakers

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in Economics of Innovation and Public Value, author, policy advisor

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health for All and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative, the UN High Level Advisory Board for Economic and Social Affairs, Argentina’s Economic and Social Council, Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden, and Norway’s Research Council. Previously, through her role as Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019), she authored the high-impact report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union, turning “missions” into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s Horizon innovation programme.

She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) which investigates the critical role the state plays in driving growth; The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018) which looks at how value creation needs to be rewarded over value extraction; and the newly released Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism (2021).

Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor Sydney

Jess Scully uses creativity to engage people in the future economy and with urban life in the twenty-first century, working towards a sustainable and inclusive world. In 2019 she was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney and has been a councillor since 2016.

Previously, Jess founded Vivid Ideas, Australia’s largest creative industries event; supported emerging talent through projects such as the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards; sparked new thinking through TEDxSydney and transformed public space as a public art curator. She has also worked as a policy advisor, radio host and magazine editor.

Her first book, Glimpses of Utopia, was published by Pantera Press in August 2020.

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