The End of Power

16th Jan 2014; 13:00

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A Pope steps down for the first time in 600 years. Masses of protesters rally from Brazil to Ukraine. A lone, wayward hacker reveals American state secrets, prompting international debate over surveillance tactics and tensions among allies. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world's largest six banks combined. Across the world and in every sector, once-unquestioned authorities are now undermined at every turn.

From presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women, power is shifting and dispersing. But it is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained and more at risk of losing it than ever before. Senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Foreign Policy editor-in-chief and ex-executive director of the World Bank Moisés Naím visits the RSA to present a startling description of how these trends are upending the status quo and offers insight as to how individuals and leaders from finance to politics, from education and even the military can adapt to this new global reality.

Speaker: Moisés Naím is a senior associate in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA

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