Global Influence: technology, risk and a good economy

03 October 2011

Oxford Martin School Director, Ian Goldin, recently took part in two major events in the USA.

In Seattle, at the 2011 Microsoft Global CIO Summit, Professor Goldin spoke to over 100 business leaders on the subject of ‘Globalization and New Systemic Risks.’

Said Professor Goldin “Technological improvements and economic growth have the potential to allow the 21st century to being the best period of human existence on the planet, but there are challenges.” He continued by describing the unprecedented scale of issues now facing us, together with a pace of change that we have not experienced before.

Following his keynote address, Professor Goldin led a workshop, “Building resilience in business against systemic risk.” Professor Goldin and participants covered a range of risks which could not only overwhelm business and infrastructure but also engulf communities and society, including the results of cyber, pandemic and financial risk.

The 2011 Microsoft Global CIO Summit is an annual event involving global business leaders. It aims to enhance and promote innovation in technology to help increase the effectiveness of organisations. This year, the focus was on “The CIO Agenda.”

Watch Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, Barry Briggs, interview Dr. Ian Goldin at the 2011 Microsoft Global CIO Summit

In New York, Professor Goldin participated as a speaker in the 9th Annual Conference of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. The event brought together some of the world’s most influential thinkers, including Nobel Laureates, Edmund Phelps, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, and renowned scholars Thomas Nagel, Saskia Sassen, and Martin Seligman.

The theme of the conference was ‘Philosophical Foundations of Economics and the Good Economy: Individual Values, Human Pursuits, Self-Realization and Becoming.’ The Conference aimed to provide a forum for scholars to reflect on the reformulations of microeconomics suggested by recent and older developments in philosophy and psychology and the reformulations of political economy (economic policy) suggested by developments in ethics - in the theory of the good life.

View presentations and pictures from the Columbia conference

Read press coverage from the Columbia conference