Join us from 5pm on the evening of 9 October as we work with the International Panel on Social Progress to explore social change, and to celebrate the launch of their three-volume report, Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, published by Cambridge University Press.
International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP)
The International Panel on Social Progress is an independent association of top research scholars with the goal of improving the core institutions of modern societies.
The report, consisting of twenty-two chapters in three volumes, distills the research of 269 authors and outlines what the best social science has to say about positive social change. Written in accessible language by scholars across the social sciences and humanities, these volumes assess the achievements of world societies in past centuries, the current trends, the dangers that we are now facing, and the possible futures in the twenty-first century. It covers the main socio-economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social progress, global as well as regional issues, and the diversity of challenges and their interplay around the world.
Rethinking Society for the 21st Century was published in June 2018. To order your copy, click here.
Professor Grace Davie, Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter, who in February delivered a lecture to our Emerging International Leaders on ‘How Religious is the World?’ is a key contributor to the report, and a lead author for Chapter 16, ‘Religions and social progress: critical assessments and creative partnerships’. Grace will be introducing the report at the event.
We will also be welcoming Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, a lead author for Chapter 4 on ‘Economic growth, human development and welfare’, Ottmar is the Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; he is a leading expert on climate change policy and energy economics.
Our third panellist will be Sofie Wolthers, the co-producer of the IPSP documentary.
Each of the speakers will introduce different sections of the report – economic, political and cultural – and will discuss their particular contributions before taking questions from the floor.
The evening will conclude with a drinks reception, and a screening of the IPSP documentary.
A full programme will be published in due course.