UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Next social revolution: Rethinking public service delivery

16 May 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Next social revolution: rethinking public service delivery

The welfare state was created to tackle the ills of industrial capitalism, but is it still fit for purpose? What would it look like if we created it today? Leading economist Mariana Mazzucato will be joined by Hilary Cottam, author of Radical Help and Tom Loosemore, partner at Public Digital.

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British Library
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This event, in partnership with the British Library, is part of the Innovation and the Welfare State series, a dynamic new lecture series that explores how we can deliver public value through innovation. The series brings world-leading thinkers to debate how we can rethink healthcare, green growth, public access to knowledge and new forms of data ownership as part of the 21st-century welfare state.

We will be live-streaming this event via our Facebook page.

About the Speakers

Hilary Cottam

An internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, Hilary Cottam’s work focuses on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time. Recent innovations include a service to support employment in a time of digital change, a community model to support old age and new approaches to support those living with chronic illness. Hilary’s book, Radical Help, focuses on the future of welfare.

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Tom Loosemore

Partner at Public Digital

Tom Loosemore is partner at Public Digital, a consultancy which helps governments and large organisations around the world adapt to the internet era. He has over 25 years of digital experience, working at the Co-op, BBC, Channel 4 and Wired magazine. In 2011 he co-founded the UK’s Government Digital Service, wrote the 2012 Government Digital Strategy, and then supported digital transformation across central government.  

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Mariana Mazzucato

Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

This event will be chaired by IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato. Mariana is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL). She is winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and named as one of the 'three most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic. She is the author of highly acclaimed books The Entrepreneurial State and The Value of Everything, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

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