Transforming the Future Seminar No.3: "The Knowledge Economy"

When :

from Thursday 21 March, 2019
to Friday 22 March, 2019

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Sector Meeting Room, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Léa Chaussis,

During the "Transforming the Future Seminar #3" Roberto Mangabeira Unger, former Brazilian Minister of Strategic Affairs (2007 and 2015), professor at Harvard Law School, will be presenting his new book: The Knowledge Economy (Verso, 2019). The seminar will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room 5.002).

“This book explores the hidden nature of the knowledge economy and its possible futures. The confinement of the knowledge economy to these insular vanguards has become a driver of economic stagnation and inequality throughout the world. Traditional mass production has stopped working as a shortcut to economic growth. But the alternative—a deepened and socially inclusive form of the knowledge economy—continues to lie beyond reach in even the richest countries. The shape of contemporary politics on both the left and the right reflects a failure to come to terms with this dilemma and to overcome it.”

The seminar will explore different imaginary futures, threads of hope and fear, woven from many sources including UNESCO’s work on the Towards Knowledge Societies (UNESCO, 2005) and the OECD’s efforts to explore Learning Intensive Societies (OECD, 2001).