Barry C. Lynn is an expert in the political and economic dangers posed by monopolization. His groundbreaking work detailing how monopolists can destabilize vital industrial systems has attracted the attention of governments in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Brussels, and Beijing, as well as Washington. He is a leader of the growing movement to use traditional republican language and frames to analyze contemporary political economic problems. He is author of 'Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction' (Wiley 2010), and 'End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation' (Doubleday 2005). Lynn directs the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Project at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington. He has written for Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and the National Interest, among others, and has appeared on CNN, CBS, the BBC, National Public Radio, and MSNBC. He was executive editor of Global Business magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in South America and the Caribbean for the Associated Press and Agence France Presse.
Danny is the chief executive of Only Connect creative arts company. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997 with an MA in history and from Oxford University with a DPhil in 2000. He was successively director of studies for the Centre for Policy Studies, chief leader writer at The Daily Telegraph and chief speechwriter to David Cameron, before leaving politics in 2008 to work full time for Only Connect, the charity he set up with his wife Emma to work with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of crime. He is the author of 'On Fraternity: politics beyond liberty and equality' published by Civitas in 2007.
Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the membership network for co-operative businesses. He is a long-term co-operator and has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to together economic life and social justice. Ed was one of the team who founded the Fairtrade Mark, which sources products from co-operatives and small-scale producers in developing countries, and is on the Board of the Fairtrade Foundation. He rose to prominence as director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) from 1992 to 2003. He led NEF from two to fifty staff, creating an award-winning 'think-and-do tank', looking at ethical market activity, local economies and public service reform. He helped to start the London Rebuilding Society as its first chair. He also chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign over this period, bringing together a wide coalition. The campaign led to billions of dollars of debt cancellation, helping countries like Tanzania and Uganda to raise their primary school enrolment rate. From 2003 – 2009, he was Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, merging this with two other bodies to found a new statutory consumer champion, Consumer Focus, in 2008. He was described by the Independent as "the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers", while the Guardian has nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential figures in British social policy. Ed Mayo is nominated a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the London Metropolitan University in 2007 for his work to build an ethical economy. His original degree is in philosophy from Cambridge University. After a short period as a management consultant at Accenture, Mayo joined the World Development Movement, serving as acting Director until 1992. He has co-written a book, “Consumer Kids” with Agnes Nairn on marketing to children, published by Constable in 2009.
Francis Davis is the founder of the Cathedral Innovation Centre and
movement first show-cased in Res Publica’s Making It Mutual collection. A graduate
of Warwick Business School and London (SOAS) university and has taught social enterprise, social sciences and community development at
Cambridge and Oxford. His publications on enterprise, EU anti-poverty
strategies, migration, public service reform, and social innovation have been the subject of parliamentary debates and cited in
national and international academic and media publications and output (including BBTV Radio 4, BBC
TV Question Time , US National Public Radio, The Economist, Los Angeles Times and the Straits
Times). Recent media credits include BBC Radio 4, BBC World News and industry publications.
Francis is a trustee of Solent MIND and from 1992-2007 he was a co-founder and
then chair of a social enterprise of the year now employing a thousand staff in
the health and social care sector, from 2009-10 Policy Advisor to the Secretary
of State for Communities and Local Government working with both Labour and the
He is also a non exec director of a local authority mutual spin out
business and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council Panel D on creative enterprises and
area studies for the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and in demand as a consultant and speaker. In
his spare time he is a long distance
walker and wild swimmer.
Indy Johar is a qualified architect and place strategist. He co-founded 00:/ [zer’o zer’o] in 2005, a research-driven design practice focused on re-imagining, re-thinking, re-designing and re-organising place. The practice’s work supports physical and spatial interventions catalysed by the synthesis of quantitative & qualitative research with a community & market generative approach. Project range from the scale of bespoke place shaping strategies to the detailed design & delivery of prototypes such as low-carbon homes, world class – co-working & learning institutions, community led neighbourhood retrofits and ‘self-commission masterplans’ - amongst others. Indy has taught at various institutions from Columbia University New York, TU-Berlin, University of Bath, Architectural Association and University College London. He has given lectures and led discussions on the issue of community generative urbanism at various forums from Said Business School Oxford, DEMOS, European Parliament, LSE, Royal Academy, Royal Society of the Arts to the Royal Institute British Architects. He is also a Demos Associate and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Jules is a recognised international authority in the field of sustainability and wellbeing. He has over twenty years experience as a strategic advisor and entrepreneur, uniquely bridging the worlds of politics, business, NGOs and civil society. As well as having worked in business, Jules spent two years advising the UK Conservative Party and has worked at the EC in Brussels. Jules is a founding of Abundancy Partners, which specialises in strategic innovation in sustainability and wellbeing. He is also a member of Edelman’s Strategic Advisory Board. Jules is active in the NGO and think –tank communities as a Trustee of the think-tank nef (the new economic foundation) and a Fellow of ResPublica, Chairman of the Bulmer Foundation, a Board and Trustee of a number of charities and a judge of the annual Green Awards. He is also actively involved with the Transition Towns movement.
Lawrence Bloom is Executive Chairman of Bhairavi Energy. His current activities also include Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, Green Cities, and Buildings and Transport Council. He was the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and is currently an Alumnas of the whole network of Global Agenda Councils.
He is a Vice Chair of the Climate Prosperity Alliance, a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development, Co-Chair of the GUD program committee on Generating Sustainable Economic Development, and Vice Chairman of Climate Prosperity Strategies LLC. He is also an advisor to the Sustainable Technologies Development Foundation and a Member of the Jury of the Globe Award for Sustainable Cities, held annually in Stockholm, Sweden.
Among a number of senior positions held in the past, Lawrence sat on the Executive Committee of the Intercontinental Hotel Group from where he managed their $3Bn global real estate portfolio. In 1989, his passion for sustainability led him to assist David Gershon in creating the Global Action Plan, the first initiative to recognise the impact individuals could make by choosing sustainable lifestyles.
Margareta Pagano is a
columnist and the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. She is one of the UK's leading financial journalists and has worked for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, the Times and the Sunday Times. A founding editor of the Financial News, Margareta helped turn this specialist newspaper into one of the City's premier online news services which is now part of Dow Jones. She also writes for the Spectator and the First Post and appears on TV as a financial commentator.
John Seddon is an occupational psychologist and management thinker, credited with developing the systems approach to the design and management of service organisations. He has been an ardent critic of public-sector reform, arguing that the reform agenda has worsened public services and driven up costs. Those who follow and apply his ideas achieve performance improvements that make official targets look un-ambitious. John’s campaign for freedom from command and control in the public sector generated huge press interest in August this year when he called for the Audit Commission to be axed. He argues that dismantling the inspection regime would replace compliance with responsibility in the public sector. John is the author of: 'Systems Thinking in the Public Sector,' Triarchy Press, 2008 and 'Freedom from Command and Control,' Vanguard Press, 2003.
Julian Lindley-French is Eisenhower Professor
of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy and a member of the Strategic
Advisory Group of the Atlantic Council of the United States as well a Fellow of
Respublica in London and Senior Associate Fellow of the Defence Academy of the
United Kingdom. He is an advisor to
General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff in London and Head of
the Commander’s Initiative Group (CIG) for NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
(ARRC) in which he is leading efforts to operationalise the Comprehensive
Approach. A Strategic Programme Advisor
for Wilton Park he is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO
Defence College in Rome and a Fellow of the Austrian Institute for European and
Security Policy in Vienna. He was formerly
Special Professor for Strategic Studies at Leiden University and a Course Director
at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
European Co-Chair of the US-European Working Group on Stabilisation and
Reconstruction Missions for CSIS and Project Leader for the Atlantic Council’s
Stratcon 2010 project on the NATO Strategic Concept. .
Born in Sheffield,
England in 1958 he is an
Oxford historian and Oxford
Blue. He received a Masters Degree in International Relations (with
distinction) from UEA and holds a doctorate in political science from the
European University Institute. He has
lectured in European Security at the Department of War Studies, Kings College
London, and therein was Deputy Director of the International Centre for
Security Analysis (ICSA). He was Senior
Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and acted as
a senior advisor to the NATO Secretary-General in Brussels where in 1999 he was
recognised for outstanding service. He
has extensive experience as a strategic advisor. In November 2007, following his return from a
trip to Afghanistan, he prepared a major report on the situation therein and
the way ahead to which he added a second report in April 2008 after a further
trip for the heads of government and chiefs of defence of NATO countries.
Professor Lindley-French has an extensive,
international publishing record over many years. In January 2007 he published a new book
entitled “NATO: The Enduring Alliance” for Routledge in the US and Europe. In January 2008 he published a book on the
history of European defence for Oxford University Press which was nominated for
the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. In April 2010 he published “A New Alliance
for a New Century” in Washington for the Atlantic Council. In November 2010 he published a new Whitehall
Report for RUSI entitled “Between the Polder and a Hard Place? The Netherlands Armed Forces and Defence
Planning Challenges for Smaller European Countries”. In December 2010 he published a major paper
for Chatham House entitled “Britain and France: A Dialogue of Decline?” He is
currently Chief Editor of the just completed 800 page “Oxford Handbook on War”
for Oxford University Press which will be published in early 2012
Nicholas Rengger is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at St Andrews University. He has just stepped down as editor of the Review of International Studies (2006-2010), the leading UK Academic Journal of International Studies and has served on the executive of the British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association and on the Governing Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House. He teaches and publishes on many aspects of intellectual history, political philosophy, international relations and philosophical and political theology. His most recent book is Dealing in Darkness: The Anti-Pelagian Imagination in Political Theory and International Relations (forthcoming). He is currently working on a study of Individuality and Civility.
Roger Scruton is an adjunct scholar of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. Prior to that he was a research professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He is a fellow of Blackfriars Hall in Oxford and a member of the Philosophy Faculty. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of St Andrews.
Beauty (Oxford University Press, 2009) in which the place of beauty for the modern world and its value to individuals is explored. He then presented a BBC 2 documentary on the subject of Beauty.
The Uses of Pessimism (Atlantic Books, 2010) in which he argues that the tragedies and disasters of the history of the European continent have been the consequences of a false optimism and the fallacies that derive from it.
His latest book is Our Church: A Personal History of the Anglican Church (Atlantic Books).
Professor Roger Steare is Corporate Philosopher in Residence and Professor of Organizational Ethics at the Cass Business School, City University. As well as teaching ethics, he conducts extensive research on human character, judgement and behaviour, and has published papers based on over 20,000 “Moral DNA” profiles of people in 162 countries. Roger is a leading thinker and practitioner in the development and delivery of moral leadership, governance, culture and ethics programmes for organizations such as BP, Citigroup, HSBC and PwC. Regulators and law enforcement agencies including the FSA, the SFO and the US Department of Justice have endorsed the effectiveness of his virtue ethics and moral community approach. Roger is the author of "ethicability®: How to decide what’s right and find the courage to do it."(2006), which has been endorsed both by David Cameron and President Jimmy Carter. He is a recognized media expert on ethics issues, appearing regularly on the BBC, CNBC and in the FT and The Times. Roger was a member of the Expert Drafting Committee for Rights and Humanity, invited by the British Government to prepare recommendations for the G20 London Summit in April 2009. Roger studied the History of Western Philosophy with the late Lord Conrad Russell, son of the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell. He draws on a wide range of professional experience as a banker, a social worker, an executive coach and CEO of a UK subsidiary of Adecco, the world's largest employment agency. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts; and a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.
Simon Caulkin is a writer on management and business. He was for 16 years the Observer’s management columnist, contributing nearly 800 articles on subjects ranging from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to Baby P and the banking crisis. A former editor of Management Today, he is a fierce critic of modern management methods and their effects on both private and public sector organisations. He is a council member of TWIN, the producer-owned fair trade organisation. He won the Management Consultancies Association/Management Today award for best management article of 2005 and was named the Work Foundation’s columnist of the year in January 2010.
Tim Cowen is a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP. He is a member of the EU Business Affairs Council, and Chairman of the Competition Panel at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Chairman of the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM), and a Visiting Fellow of the British Institute of international and Comparative Law (Biicl). He was awarded the title of ‘Distinguished Visiting Fellow’ at the European Business School in London in November 2008. He is a Visiting Professor at the City of London Law School, the largest law school in the UK. From qualification as a Barrister in 1986, Tim worked in private practice and industry; from joining BT in the early 1990s he held a variety of roles including General Counsel for BT’s international businesses. He is currently working on the formation of The Open Computing Alliance, an Alliance of companies in the information technology sector dealing with issues of common concern in Public Contracting, Competition and data transfer and interoperability between platforms and systems with particular reference to the shift to Cloud Computing.
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