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Why in the 21st century do we have a more unequal society than ever before? Our Focus Day explores the relationship between economic and political decision-making and the impact of those decisions on the most vulnerable in our society. Working in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, we discuss the reasons behind this inequality, the impact it has, and crucially, where the big new ideas on creating inclusive economies lie.
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10.30am - 12.15pm
We are delighted to welcome three world-leading experts to present compelling evidence about inequality and its impact. David Pilling, Africa Editor of the Financial Times and author of The Growth Delusion; Kate Pickett, author of The Inner Level, sequel to the acclaimed The Spirit Level; and Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford, author of Peak Inequality: Britain’s Ticking Time Bomb, kick off a day exploring new and radical ideas of how to solve poverty and inequality. Our Focus Day is introduced by Dianne Willcocks, Deputy Chair of Trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the session is chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire of the Financial Times.
- David Pilling, Financial Times
- Kate Pickett, University of York
- Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
- Dianne Willcocks, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times (Chair)
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of the social enterprise Turning Point, presents the keynote speech on the impact and consequences of homelessness. Our expert panel, including Sam Thomas of the Health Foundation, Sara Davies of the University of Bristol and Julie Rugg of the University of York, discuss the big ideas for solving homelessness. The session is chaired by Claire Ainsley of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point
- Sara Davies, University of Bristol
- Julie Rugg, University of York
- Sam Thomas, Health Foundation
- Claire Ainsley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Chair)
1.00pm - 2.30pm
Just how big a problem is poverty in the UK and who is impacted most? Join Claire Ainsley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Executive Director, Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, and Helen Pearson, author of The Life Project, as they discuss the scale of the problem and how it is affecting life chances for the most vulnerable in our society.
- Claire Ainsley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England
- Helen Pearson, Nature
- Chris Renwick, University of York (Chair)
5.00pm - 6.30pm
Are there different ways we can organise our economy to create a fairer and more prosperous society? How could we adjust our economic decision making to help the poorest in society? Should we adopt basic universal income? What are the lessons we can learn from programmes like the Inclusive Economy Partnership and the Spanish cooperative, the MONDRAGON Corporation? Join Andy Wood of the Inclusive Economy Partnership, Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, Roger Farmer of the University of Warwick, Neil McInroy of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Preston) and Ander Etxeberria of the MONGRAGON Corporation.
- Andy Wood, Inclusive Economy Partnership
- Ander Etxeberria, MONDRAGON Corporation
- Roger Farmer, University of Warwick
- Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
- Wanda Wyporska, The Equality Trust
- Roy Sainsbury, University of York (Chair)