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This event has now taken place - please find the video below. The views expressed in this interview are those of the individual alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewer or Nesta.

To protect the future of life on earth, we need to do more than just reimagine the economy – we have to change everything.

In this discussion, Ann Pettifor – author of The Case for the Green New Deal – argues that economic change is wholly possible, based on the understanding that finance, the economy and the ecosystem are all tightly bound together.

This event explored Ann's manifesto for total decarbonisation and an economy based on fairness and social justice. Ann was in conversation with Madeleine Gabriel, Head of Inclusive Innovation at Nesta.


Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor is the Director of Prime (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), an Honorary Research Fellow at City University, and a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She has an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. She is known for her leadership of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which resulted in massive debt cancellation for more than thirty countries. She has served on the board of the UN Development Report and in 2015 was invited onto the economic advisory board of the British Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn. She is the author of The Case for the Green New Deal, The Production of Money, The Real World Economic Outlook and The Coming First World Debt Crisis and co-author of The Green New Deal and The Economic Consequences of Mr Osborne.

Madeleine Gabriel

Madeleine Gabriel - Head of Inclusive Innovation at Nesta - leads international projects that explore how new models of innovation can tackle big social challenges. Her current work includes a study on whether and how the concept of 'frugal innovation' could apply in Europe; a partnership with the São Paulo State Government to explore how open innovation models could improve healthcare outcomes; and a large project for the European Commission that aims to build capacity of policymakers to work with social innovators, and vice versa. She is passionately interested in the relationship between innovation and inequality, and in exploring the role that innovation - and innovation policy - can play in promoting greater equality.