UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Soundbites and Director's Seminars: Entrepreneurship and Prosperity in Extreme Contexts

14 September 2022

Announcing the 2022 Autumn Soundbites and Director's Seminars, a series of public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

A cactus in harsh conditions

The Soundbites and Director's Seminars series are public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and open to all. The theme for the Autumn 2022 series is 'Entrepreneurship and Prosperity in Extreme Contexts'.

We are currently living in times that Peter Atwater in his 2021 Financial Times article, referred to as ‘normalized unprecedentedness’, where extreme events such as increased humanitarian crises, a global health crisis, a cost of living crisis and extreme weather conditions are becoming the norm. These unprecedented occurrences and shocks are happening at such an accelerated pace that they are, as Atwater highlights, becoming our ‘new normal’. These accumulating and interrelated crises create extreme conditions and exert further strain on society. How do we create a path to prosperity in such conditions? This series presents cutting-edge approaches to these challenges from an entrepreneurial perspective. Contributors are leading thinkers, both academic and otherwise, who problematise current assumptions and proffer new ways of thinking and doing to generate prosperity.

Soundbites are a platform for professionals and entrepreneurs who are leading in their field. Speakers are innovators and inspiring actors working in new and traditional sectors, outside of academia. The Soundbite gives the audience an insight into how their organisation contributes to sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

Director's Seminars are an opportunity for audiences to get an in-depth theoretical perspective on sustainable and inclusive prosperity. These Seminars are given by academics who are pushing for new ways of thinking and new ways of researching society's grand challenges.