Networks & Hierarchies | History’s Hidden Networks
Networks are the key to history. The greatest innovators have been ‘superhubs’ of connections. The most powerful states, empires and companies have been those with the most densely networked structures. And the most transformative ideas – from the printing presses that launched the Reformation to the Freemasonry that inspired the American Revolution – have gone viral precisely because of the networks within which they spread.
• The core insights to network science & how they impact society.
• A new way of understanding how our future might unfold.
Risk Management | Applying History in Real Time: A Tale of Two Crises
Policymakers generally have at least some historical assumptions, even if they have not been formally trained as historians. Often, these assumptions play a critical role in decision making. In this presentation, Niall Fergusons compares two historical crisis to show the key role historical analogies played in the debates between stakeholders. When stakeholders come from different conceptual worlds outcomes for success can be challenged.
• How policy-based decision making requires a greater degree of scrutiny.
• Risk Managers can be taught to interrogate explicitly their unspoken assumptions.
Politics | Post-Populism & Globalization
We are in the middle of a populist backlash against globalization. Financial crises, growing inequality, high levels of migration and distrust in government have made fertile ground for nationalist demagogues promising a return to the good old days. But what happens next? Historically, populist economic policies have often carried the seeds of their own destruction, and strongmen are deserted by their disappointed followers when miracles do not appear. Will this be the fate of the triumphant populists of today, from Trump and Orban to the Brexiteers?
• A recipe for populism: The five key ingredients for audience building.
The Ascent and Descent of Money: What Went Wrong with Western Finance?
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What’s more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt’s Memphis to today’s Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise and fall of not just money but Western power as well.
Panelist/In ConversationWorld renowned Historian Niall Ferguson can provide informed insights on the history, standing and trajectory of Western Civilization, populism, economic shifts, social media and more.
Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement
Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service