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Building Back Better: Purpose, Responsibility and Leadership


The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the world. Enormous economic and social sacrifices have been made. Governments have assumed powers, and have taken influence from the private sector. As many countries begin to emerge from lockdown, we must ask, how do we build back and what is our goal?

The post-war socioeconomic model, which has given us so much, has come at a high cost. The light the pandemic has shone on our mortality has made plain our dependence on a fair society and on a healthy natural world. As we look to rebuild, we must put environmental and social capital at the heart of our strategies and focus on the future we want.

The question is: who takes responsibility and what are the implications of leadership?

Event Programme

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15:00 – 15:10: Welcome & Introduction

Mishcon Purpose, Idea & format - Alexander Rhodes, Mishcon de Reya

15:10 – 15:30: Part 1: What is better? 

This session aims to challenge the status quo by identifying what we want, not what we have.

15:10 - 15:25: Opening speech: The vision - Mete Coban, My Life My Say

Session Break

15:30 – 17:00: Part 2: How do we get there?

This session consists of two panels which will explore the implications, risks and opportunities of rebuilding following the pandemic. The first explores the fundamental requirement of fairness, and how to secure a just transition. The second examines the bold action required to Build Back Better and the conditions required to enable it, in the context of a new settlement between government and the private sector.

15:30 – 16:15: Fairness: A just transition - Chaired by Steven Erlanger of The New York Times, with James Libson, Mishcon de Reya; Vian Sharif, FNZ, part of the Generation group of companies; Dr Dhananjayan Sivaguru Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB

16:15 – 17:00: Progress: Bold action - Chaired by Liz Alderman of The New York Times, with Professor David Teece, Berkeley Research Group Institute; Professor Mariana Mazzucato, University College London; Valerie Keller, Imagine

Session Break

17:05 – 17:30: Part 3: How do we start?

17:05 – 17:20: Closing speech - Professor Anthony Julius, Mishcon de Reya and University College London

17:20 – 17:30: Closing remarks and thanks - Alexander Rhodes, Mishcon de Reya 

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