Discover how by creating space for ordinary people to influence our politics at every level could see our democracy reborn.
In this talk, Dr Gruen will show you how poor economics has been at answering the questions many ask of it, but how it could be used to make the world a better place.
Discover how the extended technology stack can really promote innovation
New Zealand had the highest living standards in the world at the turn of the 20th century. By 1970, its income levels were the same as Australias. And yet a generation later, they are around 20 per cent lower. Dr Gruen explores these facts and also looks at various theories as to how it happened.
While we have been reforming our economy in the image of a normal market, something huge has happened. A whole slew of new public goods has been built. And most have been built privately. This calls for a whole new agenda. What do those new goods look like? And how do we start?
Dr Gruen shows how self appointed spokespeople are usually hugely unrepresentative of the group they claim to be representing and explores ways your organisation can cut through to deal with the people themselves.
The young want change, as well they might. But not all change is worth having. And change makers use the tools of marketing to convince us of the value of their causes. In this talk, Nicholas Gruen will interrogate change making and conclude that some of the causes we are invited to get caught up in are unlikely to achieve much and might even make things worse. Meanwhile, other changes we need to make are as urgent as ever.
In this presentation, Dr Gruen explores the basic economics of Intellectual Property and suggests some principles to which we should adhere in negotiating international agreements; principles we have ignored so far.
In this talk, Dr Gruen will explain why GDP is not all that bad. But not for the reasons you think. He will also explain why many attempts to provide more holistic measures of wellbeing amount to little more than distractions.
Dr Gruen will describe the opportunities and challenges that face formal learning with the unfolding use of web technologies.
Dr Gruen discusses the myriad ways governments can promote innovation without spending money. This is the Innovation without money agenda he championed as Chair of Innovation Australia.
It is crucial for your business to get its strategy right. Often, we go away and agree on some central goal and then work out how you will get there working down from high levels to detail. Yet, this is a kind of anti thinking. The goals and capabilities you need to get there are interdependent. Dr Gruen will look at six things you really need to do to get your strategy as good as it can be.
Dr Gruen shows how culture wars work in education, in economics, in health and in many other areas before explaining how we can tackle culture war and build a better world.
There are hundreds of cognitive biases, many of which get stronger in groups, particularly hierarchical groups. That’s pretty much every organisation. What are these biases and how can you and your business protect yourselves?
In this talk, Dr Gruen will show how you can revolutionise the performance of your business by using expertise first developed to measure and track the effectiveness of value creation in the business and report it independently to all stakeholders.
Policy economist, entrepreneur and thought leader
Described by the Financial Times’ Chief Economic Writer Martin Wolf as “a brilliant man who deserves to be better known”, and by former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner as “Australia’s foremost public intellectual”, Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation.
He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Chairman of global aged care software provider Health Metrics, and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and Visiting/Adjunct Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School. In the 1980s he was a school teacher and a cartoonist.
He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and digital infrastructure providers such as Google and Yahoo.
He was a Council Member of the National Library of Australia (2014-16), chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia (2013-14) and chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) (2010-16).
He was the founding chair of Kaggle which was recently sold to Google and an international start up investor.
He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial in 2000. He’s had regular columns in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and has published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters.
He was on the Cutler Review into Australia’s Innovation System in 2008, and the review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013.
In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.
He has a BA (Hons - First Class) in History (1981) a Graduate Diploma in economics and a PhD from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982).