Spring Lecture 2020 – Bringing Down the Walls: Lessons in Social Mobility

31 March 2020

Sea Containers House

IMD Professor of Finance Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center will take us on a world tour of global competitiveness, financial, economic, technological and social development.

Looking at the issues as a series of walls – between generations, between rich and poor, between genders, between economic powers, between people and their leaders and between us and our planet - Bris will examine what it will take to break down the barriers that divide us.

Professor Bris will argue that we need a greater sense of urgency to tackle the blocks to our progress. Some walls, such as gender and climate, can only be broken down by a shift in mindset. Others, like trade wars and immigration, require action. Progress will require collaboration: governments, companies and society working together to solve our urgent problems. Underpinning all of this is the need to put technology at the service of people.

What’s the way forward? Bris will take a holistic view, with responsibility shared between individuals, governments, and corporate entities. We will have to move towards more inclusive prosperity, which ultimately is the backbone of competitiveness.
The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapés, and the opportunity for informal networking.

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