Dr Philip Roscoe argues that economics is not a science, it's a way of thinking - one that skews all our choices towards self-interest. But now that our most urgent challenges require collective action, it’s time to think differently.
Every day we make choices - where to live, what to eat, how to educate our children and care for our parents - in which the influence of economics invariably promotes self-interest over social obligations.
But all of today's big problems require collective action, so a way of thinking shaped by economic principles is a huge obstacle to change.
Can we begin to think differently?
Speaker: Dr Philip Roscoe, reader in management, University of St Andrews.
Chair: Oliver Reichardt, director of fellowship, RSA