A Blueprint for a Brighter Future - John Browne in conversation with Hannah MacInnes


"Join engineer and business leader John Browne for ‘much-needed antidote to pervasive pessimism’ (FT) in this a celebration of progress and socially responsible innovation. Today’s unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with false information? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better healthcare lead to an ageing population that cannot be cared for? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth’s climate to the edge of catastrophe? As a politician, business leader, engineer and philosopher, Lord John Browne is uniquely situated to answer this vision of technological meltdown. Can the same spark that triggers each new innovation be used to counter its negative consequences? Can science and technology produce greater freedom, health, and wealth for all? In this free livestreamed conversation with Hannah MacInnes, that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilisation is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today’s great innovators, John will uncover the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He will argue compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Most importantly of all, he will uncover the basis for all progress – and present an impassioned vision for ensuring we can keep things moving towards a brighter future."