Innovation in an Economic Downturn

Event Info

Thu 4 Dec, 2008 at 12:00am
1 Plough Place
London, EC4A 1DE, UK
Cost: Free (places limited)


On Thursday 4th December, Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation will make a keynote speech on the importance of innovation in an economic downturn.

Lord Drayson will then join a panel discussion with Brent Hoberman, co-founder of and Charlie Leadbeater, innovation expert and NESTA Visiting Fellow to consider the opportunities arising out of the downturn. Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA’s Chief Executive will moderate.

The event marks the launch of a NESTA report – ‘The Networked Recession’ - which will highlight how in an ultra-connected world, events a thousands miles away can affect us almost immediately: Our ability to respond effectively to the downturn will depend upon the resilience of those networks and our ability to manage the challenges they present. It will argue that the UK needs targeted investments on infrastructure, alongside a new economic strategy that reflects the changing nature of the economy.