Student and alumni event

The transformative potential of the knowledge economy

We welcome Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, to the Hertie School to present his main theses from his new book, The Knowledge Economy, which explores the hidden nature of the knowledge economy and its possible futures. A joint event organised by the Hertie School of Governance, NESTA Foundation and the Hertie Foundation.

We welcome Roberto Mangabeira Unger (Harvard Law School) to the Hertie School to present his main theses from his new book, The Knowledge Economy (Verso, 19 March 2019), which explores the hidden nature of the knowledge economy and its possible futures. Unger proposes a way to a knowledge economy for the many – through changes not just in economic institutions but also in democracy.

In addition, representatives from the Nesta Foundation will present examples of innovative projects from their latest report on the same issue that demonstrate how Unger’s proposals can be put into practice.

Join us for a discussion together on the knowledge economy and its transformative potential, chaired by Kai Wegrich, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance.

Snacks will be served. Prior registration is required, via events@hertie-school.

Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger, based at Harvard Law School, is a philosopher, social and legal theorist, politician, and author. His books include Passion: an Essay on Personality, False Necessity, What Should Legal Analysis Become, Democracy Realized, The Left Alternative, The Self Awakened, and The Religion of the Future. His political activity helped the transition to democracy in Brazil in the aftermath of the military regime, and culminated with his appointment as Brazil's Minister of Strategic Affairs in 2007 and again in 2015. His newest work, The Knowledge Economy, proposes the way to a knowledge economy for the many: changes not just in economic institutions but also in education, culture, and politics.