Slouching towards utopia

RSA Event / Video / Online

 -  | BST British Summer Time

Online via YouTube

  • Economic democracy
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Technology

The twentieth century’s sharp upward curve of economic and technological progress saw an explosion of wealth and possibility that has never before been seen in human history.  

But, despite affording billions greater material wealth, health and freedom, the age of plenty has not delivered the utopia it initially seemed to promise.  

Brad DeLong, one of the world’s leading economists, argues that instead of ushering in an era of prosperity, wellbeing and unlocked human potential, the gains of what he terms the ‘long twentieth century’ have not only been equivocal and double-edged, but also unfairly distributed.   

DeLong’s magnum opus, Slouching Towards Utopia was an instant NYT bestseller, and has been universally lauded as the must-read account of 20th century economics.  

Join us as we explore why true economic and human progress is a complicated game of snakes and ladders, and what we need to do to create a better world.

Want to watch this event at RSA House?

For those wishing to gather with friends or colleagues to watch in-person, this event will be live-streamed on The Steps in The Coffee House on the day of the event from 13:00.

Related events

  • An evening with George Monbiot

    Fellowship Event / An evening with...

    The Great Room, RSA House

    Join us for a special evening with guest speaker George Monbiot and a menu designed by a special soon-to-be-announced guest chef.

  • RSA Taunton: Using member knowledge for potential projects & networking

    Fellowship Event

    CICCIC, Memorial Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3PF

    Join Andrew Knutt FRSA in November to learn about the funding landscape, make meaningful connections and look for opportunities between RSA Fellows in Taunton and potential funding or collaborations for future projects.

  • Private View of ASN Exhibition

    RSA Event / Coffee House / Online

    The Steps / The Coffee House / Online

    Private ASN Exhibition View - Creativity offers us a new formula for life / Creative thinking from Bogota to Rabat, Las Vegas to London, and beyond. Please join us for this fascinating event showcasing the importance of creativity in our lives. We believe that "creativity is the answer we've been looking for - now is the time to embrace and invest in it", UNCTAD.