Nature of Prosperity – CUSP | London, UK

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Nature of Prosperity – CUSP | London, UK

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

5th Nature of Prosperity Dialogue —

Reviving Democracy

London, 15 July 2019, 11am-5.30pm

Conventional politics is in upheaval; democratic participation is under threat.  And yet, in the midst of chaos and uncertainty, new and distinct political visions are suddenly finding an unexpected voice: some around cultural identity, some around solidarity and justice, some around the urgent need to address the climate emergency and the catastrophic loss of biodiversity that threaten our common future. Will these emergent voices inevitably be silenced by inertia, apathy and vested interest? Or might they provide the foundation for a new democratic vision for a sustainable prosperity?

Our fifth Nature of Prosperity dialogue tackles the political economy of prosperity, searching among the ruins of an old consensus for the seeds of a new one. Hosted by Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and chaired by CUSP Director Tim Jackson, speakers will include Caroline Lucas (MP, Green Party), Jesse Norman (MP, Conservatives), Simon Caney (University of Warwick), Will Davies (Goldsmiths College, London), Isabelle Ferreras (Université Catholique de Louvain), Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester) and Jonathan Rowson (Director, Perspectiva).

The event will be held at the Royal Institution, Mayfair, London and will run from 11.30am to 5.30pm with lunch included.  We are delighted to invite you to a short drinks reception afterwards. Essays from our published collection on the Moral Nature of Prosperity will be available at the event.

The aim of our Nature of Prosperity dialogue is to explore broader, moral understandings of what it means to ‘prosper’, at a time when other ideals of progress seem to be faltering or even dangerous to our ecological future.


The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BS


Monday, 15 July 2019


The event is free of charge. You can register your seat via Eventbrite. For enquiries, please email


11.00 | Refreshments available
11.20 | Welcome
11.30 | Foundations for solidarity
Panel discussion with Simon Caney, Miriam Ronzoni and Jonathan Rowson
13.00 | Lunch
13.45 | The political economy of prosperity
Panel discussion with Will Davies and Isabelle Ferreras
15.00 | Refreshments
15.30 | Governing for tomorrow
Panel discussion with Caroline Lucas MP and Jesse Norman MP
17.00 | Reflections by Nature of Prosperity patron Rowan Williams
17.30 | Close/Reception


July 15
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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