Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity …


Growth continues to disappoint, both in terms of its level but also in terms of its ability to make important inroads to making growth more inclusive. The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017 highlights the challenges for the coming year in jobs and the labour market.


Have you ever feared that moment of economic insecurity? Encountered some unpredictable event, lost a job or simply just left the university not knowing what’s to come. Guy Standing talks about how flexible economic practices create conditions of uncertainty and unpredictability in our life, we might soon face a disruption of the whole economic system. He shows how basic income can be vital and affordable tool to respond to the changing world of work.


Social cohesion can play an important role in building and maintaining vibrant communities. But research in Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro led by South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council and Brazil’s Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence demonstrates how social bonds and stark inequalities can also play a role in fueling violence by criminal gangs and vigilantes.

Brazil and South Africa, both middle-income countries, have high rates of violence and inequality concentrated in the poorest neighbourhoods of their cities. Policymakers are seeking violence prevention and reduction strategies that reflect their countries’ unique demographic, cultural, social, and economic realities.


The Institute for Security Studies is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.


When you come to the land of ‘Another’ and your intentions are peaceful, you have a moral and legal claim to be able to stay there. But whether you are permitted to stay when the danger is past, whether you can actually be a member of that society, is a sovereign claim. Citizenship entails being able to fulfil certain kinds of qualifications and conditions if you are a foreigner. There must be an open, transparent, consistent way for the stranger to become a member of a state.


Prof Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and Department Chair at the New School for Social Research in New York, delivers her keynote speech titled ‘Crisis of Capitalism, Crisis of Governance: Re-reading of Karl Polanyi in the 21st Century’ at the University of Warwick’s Critical Governance conference.


Margaret Wheatley writes and teaches about the power and influence we must invoke in order to step forward and serve humanity in these troubling times. As things grow darker and more difficult she summons us to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil by creating ‘Islands of Sanity’. For more than 40 years Meg has taught, consulted and advised a broad variety of organisations from the US Army to the Girl Scouts. From CEOs and governments to small town councils. From universities to aboriginal villages. Meg is author of nine books, from the classic ‘Leadership and the New Science’ to her newest book ‘Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity’. She continues to be honoured for her ground-breaking work by many professional associations, universities and organisations worldwide.


Labor Pains of a New Worldview is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out. Weaving together insights and findings from biology, psychology, network science, systems science, business, culture and media, the film reveals the inner workings of the human experience in the 21st century, urging viewers to step out of the box and challenge their own assumptions about who we really are, and why we do what we do.