Index of All Interviews and Topics

Thought Economics conduct exclusive one to one interviews with the individuals who are impacting our lives, and changing our world. Between them, our interviewees have achieved accolades ranging from being one of the first from our civilisation to step foot on the moon, to bringing the telephone to India, inventing the internet, developing countries, changing our understanding of life and the universe, running the biggest sports and film events in the world, ending wars, and more. Below is a list of all of our interviews:
  • Javed Abidi - Disability & The Injustice Facing Over 1 Billion People
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Javed Abidi (Chair, Disabled People's International DPI), Sir Philip Craven MBE (President, International Paralympic Committee IPC) and Professor Hugh Herr (Head of the Biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and Founder of BiOM Inc). We discuss the human rights and social injustices faced by the those living with impairments and disabilities around the world, look at issues ranging from economics and politics to culture and sport and discuss opportunities for the future and whether technology could even end disability.
     
  • Marina Abramovic - Learning to Be Who We Are
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Marina Abramović (internationally acclaimed performance artist), and Sir Ken Robinson (widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business). We question the fundamental nature of learning and education and discuss the life long journey of understanding our purpose and who we are.
     
  • President Maarti Ahtisaari - War and Peace
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to three Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Prof. Jody Williams (Chair, Nobel Women's Initiative - Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, ICBL), Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Human Rights Lawyer and Educator) and President Maarti Ahtisaari (Former President of Finland and Founder of CMI - The Crisis Management Initiative). We discuss the causes of war and conflict, the impact of these phenomena on society, and look at what it will take to achieve a world at peace.
     
  • Dr. Buzz Aldrin - The Future of Space Exploration
    In this article, we speak to Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut, who secured his place in history when, on July 20th 1969, he became one of the first two humans to set foot on the Moon. We talk to Dr. Aldrin about the relationship between humanity and space, the future of space exploration, its economics, and the commercial opportunities it presents.
     
  • Celso Amorim - Brazil - How to Build a Great Country
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Celso Amorim (Foreign Minister of Brazil from 2003-2011, and current Minister of Defence), a man who has been described as having "...masterminded a transformation of Brazil's role in the world that is almost unprecedented in modern history..." We look at what it takes to build a great country exploring areas including economics, politics, society and culture.
     
  • Professor Ross Anderson - How the Internet and Digital Culture Affect Rights and Liberties
    In this interview, we talk to Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge (a highly influential Washington, D.C.-based public interest group working to defend citizens' rights in the emerging digital culture) and Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge. We talk about how digital technologies and the internet have affected our rights as citizens and consumers. We discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital era, and how these will affect our rights in the future.
     
  • Maya Angelou - Why We Write...
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Dr. Maya Angelou (a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist). We discuss the very fundamental question of why we write and explore the role of the written-word in culture, social change and the story of humanity itself.
     
  • Anousheh Ansari - Charity, Philanthropy and Society
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Jeff Raikes (CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Eli Broad (Founder of the Broad Foundations), Sir Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group) and Anousheh Ansari (Trustee of the X Prize Foundation, and title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize) . We discuss the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy- looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. We also talk about their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest problems.
     
  • Professor Jacques Attali - Money and Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Prof. Jacques Attali (Former adviser to President François Mitterrand, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and ranked as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world) and Dr. Tilman Ehrbeck (CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor - CGAP). We discuss the state of financial inclusion globally and look deeper into how microfinance, technology and other instruments are working to eradicate poverty and bring opportunity to billions worldwide.
     
  • Raymond Baker - The Failures of Our Economic System
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Raymond Baker (Director of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development). We discuss the true scale of the global illicit economy and understand how issues such as government theft, drug trafficking, global wealth, money laundering and the shadow financial system contribute to some of our most intractable issues ranging from poverty to hunger, terrorism and even economic crises.
     
  • Prof. Justin Barrett - Religion, Science and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on religion and science. Fr. José G. Funes (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Prof. Alister McGrath (Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University), Dr. Deborah Haarsma (President of the BioLogos Foundation) and Prof. Justin Barrett (Director, Thrive Centre - Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology). We discuss the fundamental roles of religion and science in society together with their roles in shaping our history, and our future.
     
  • Sir John Beddington - The Vulnerability of Man
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Professor Sir John Beddington (the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser) and Sir Crispin Tickell (former diplomat and advisor to successive UK Prime Ministers, who is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on climate change and environmental issues). We tackle the question of how vulnerable our species really is and explore threats ranging from climate change and natural disasters to food, energy and water security, viruses, near earth objects and the biggest threat to humanity… humans themselves.
     
  • Professor Nick Bostrom - The Future of Humanity
    In this article, we talk to Professor Nick Bostrom, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, discussing the profound changes humanity could experience over coming years including artificial intelligence, machine consciousness, the direction of human evolution, and risks to humanity itself.
     
  • Dr. Stefano Bertozzi - Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation), Dr. Robert Gallo (Founder of The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
     
  • Sir. Richard Branson - Entrepreneurship
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Sir Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group). We discuss the fundamental nature of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs themselves, and the role of entrepreneurs in society and the economy. We look at the key sources of entrepreneurial ideas, characteristics of successful enterprise and the role of wealth in the entrepreneurial journey. We also look at how entrepreneurship has changed, what the future holds and how entrepreneurs are addressing some of the world's most pressing problems from poverty and economic crises to climate change and health.
     
  • Eli Broad - Charity, Philanthropy and Society
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Jeff Raikes (CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Eli Broad (Founder of the Broad Foundations), Sir Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group) and Anousheh Ansari (Trustee of the X Prize Foundation, and title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize) . We discuss the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy- looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. We also talk about their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest problems.
     
  • Widney Brown - Justice
    In this article, we exclusively talk to three of the world's leading experts on Justice. The Rt. Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes (Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000-2005), Susan Herman (President of the American Civil Liberties Union 'ACLU') and Widney Brown (Senior Director of International Law and Policy for Amnesty International). We look at the very concept of justice itself, and explore issues ranging from the concept of democracy itself to free speech, civil liberties, war and terrorism, human rights, social justice and more.
     
  • John Bryjolfsson - The Post Crisis Economy
    In this article, we talk to John Brynjolfsson, Managing Director of Armored Wolf LLC, a global macro hedge fund. Previously, Mr. Brynjolfsson was a Managing Director with PIMCO, firm with in excess of $750 billion of assets under management. Mr. Brynjolfsson discusses the risks, opportunities and the future of the world's economy—covering the range from inflation to interest rates, commodities to equities, and currencies to emerging markets.
     
  • Keith Carmichael - Torture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to two of the world's leading experts on torture. Keith Carmichael(Founder of REDRESS, an organisation that seeks justice and reparation for torture survivors) and Prof Juan Méndez (the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment) - both torture survivors. We look at the true scale of torture globally, exploring why and how it happens, the effect it leaves on survivors, its impact on communities, and how individuals can find justice. We also explore whether we will ever see a world free from torture.
     
  • Carlos Pérez del Castillo - Hunger
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University) and Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Chair of the Board of the CGIAR Consortium). We look at the true scale and nature of global hunger, exploring issues ranging from poverty to climate change, conflict to politics, economics to education and more. We discuss the realities of hunger in our world and how we can end it.
     
  • Dr. Vint Cerf - The Internet
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Dr. Vint Cerf (Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet"). We discuss the growth of the Internet, together with its role in human culture and society. We then look at the state of the Internet now, and what to expect from the future of this profoundly important technology.
     
  • Dov Charney - The Role of Fashion in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Claudia Schiffer (a globally renowned model, icon and businesswoman), Robin Givhan (Pulitzer Prize winning fashion writer and special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast) and Dov Charney (CEO & Founder of American Apparel). We discuss the very fundamental questions of 'what' fashion is, and how it has become such an important part of human culture and identity. Digging deeper, we also look at issues ranging from brand, to sexuality and even the business of fashion itself.
     
  • Noam Chomsky - Understanding Democracy
    In this exclusive interview we speak to Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who (with over 150 books published) is regarded as "one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today". We discuss the state and future of democracy around the world together with the role that government, corporations and the media play in shaping our lives. We also look at the global war on terror, globalisation, and how the world will look in the next quarter century.
     
  • Joseph Cirincione - The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Global Security
    In this exclusive interview, we talk to Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund and expert advisor to the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. We discuss the role of nuclear weapons in global security, the threat they pose to humanity, and why we must move towards a world free of the nuclear threat.
     
  • Ertharin Cousin - Hunger
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University) and Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Chair of the Board of the CGIAR Consortium). We look at the true scale and nature of global hunger, exploring issues ranging from poverty to climate change, conflict to politics, economics to education and more. We discuss the realities of hunger in our world and how we can end it.
     
  • Sir Philip Craven, MBE - Disability & The Injustice Facing Over 1 Billion People
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Javed Abidi (Chair, Disabled People's International DPI), Sir Philip Craven MBE (President, International Paralympic Committee IPC) and Professor Hugh Herr (Head of the Biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and Founder of BiOM Inc). We discuss the human rights and social injustices faced by the those living with impairments and disabilities around the world, look at issues ranging from economics and politics to culture and sport and discuss opportunities for the future and whether technology could even end disability.
     
  • Professor Sadie Creese - The Security of Cyberspace
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ambassador Gábor Iklódy (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges), Professor Sadie Creese (Professor of Cybersecurity at Oxford University and Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School) and Professor Howard Schmidt (Partner at Ridge Schmidt Cyber and Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush). We discuss the threats posed to nations, their economies and societies from the internet and networks that form cyberspace.
     
  • Dame Sally Davies - The Health of Society.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, and former Minister of Health of Mexico), Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians), Baron Peter Piot (Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dame Sally Davies (The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer). We talk about the concept of public health, the most important health challenges the world currently faces, and opportunities for the future.
     
  • Professor Robin Dunbar - The Psychology and Anthropology of Social Networking
    In this article, we speak to Professor Robin Dunbar, Head of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford about the psychology and anthropology of social networks, together with their impact on human behaviour and the structure of our society.
     
  • Dr. Shirin Ebadi - War and Peace
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to three Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Prof. Jody Williams (Chair, Nobel Women's Initiative - Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, ICBL), Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Human Rights Lawyer and Educator) and President Maarti Ahtisaari (Former President of Finland and Founder of CMI - The Crisis Management Initiative). We discuss the causes of war and conflict, the impact of these phenomena on society, and look at what it will take to achieve a world at peace.
     
  • Professor Griffith Edwards - The Role of Addictions in Human Culture
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Professor Griffith Edwards, CBE (A world expert in alcohol and drug addiction) who founded the National Addiction Centre, served as Editor in Chief of the Addiction journal and is Professor Emeritus of Addiction Behaviour at Kings College London. We discuss the role of drugs in society, and examine the social, economic and political implications of drugs use for the future of our world.
     
  • Dr. Tilman Ehrbeck - Money and Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Prof. Jacques Attali (Former adviser to President François Mitterrand, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and ranked as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world) and Dr. Tilman Ehrbeck (CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor - CGAP). We discuss the state of financial inclusion globally and look deeper into how microfinance, technology and other instruments are working to eradicate poverty and bring opportunity to billions worldwide.
     
  • Sir Richard Feachem - Global Health
    In this interview, we speak to Sir Richard Feachem, who is Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Global Health Group. Sir Feachem was also the founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has saved over 4.9 million lives globally. We discuss the key issues facing health in the developed and developing world, strategies to eradicate some of the most prevalent conditions, and the future of global health.
     
  • Yury Fedotov - The True Scale of Global Crime
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Yury Fedotov (Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC). We discuss the scale of global crime looking at issues ranging from drugs and drug trafficking to money laundering, corruption, violence and even the illegal trade in human beings themselves.
     
  • Charles Firmin-Didot - Investing in Entrepreneurs
    In this article, we talk to Charles Firmin-Didot, founder of the AXA Talents fund, with over USD400 million invested in entrepreneurs worldwide. We talk to Charles about entrepreneurship around the world, and why his fund invests in entrepreneurs
     
  • Dr. Julio Frenk - The Health of Society.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, and former Minister of Health of Mexico), Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians), Baron Peter Piot (Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dame Sally Davies (The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer). We talk about the concept of public health, the most important health challenges the world currently faces, and opportunities for the future.
     
  • Dr. Robert Gallo - Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation), Dr. Robert Gallo (Founder of The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
     
  • Fr. José G. Funes - Religion, Science and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on religion and science. Fr. José G. Funes (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Prof. Alister McGrath (Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University), Dr. Deborah Haarsma (President of the BioLogos Foundation) and Prof. Justin Barrett (Director, Thrive Centre - Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology). We discuss the fundamental roles of religion and science in society together with their roles in shaping our history, and our future.
     
  • Dennis Gartman - An Air of Change
    The world is currently faced with an environment of challenges and uncertainty, the likes of which have never been seen before. On November 4th 2008, the US public raises its voice and has a say on the future of the world's economy. Thought Economics investigates the US presidential election, Barack Obama, the global economic crisis, and who's profiting from all of this? by speaking to two eminent world experts and getting an opinion on either side of the Atlantic. Dennis Gartman (Virginia, USA), a globally respected economist and trader, author of the "Gartman Letter" and Hugh Hendry (London, England), partner and CIO of Eclectica Asset Management, a renowned and respected fund manager with over $1bn under management.
     
  • Robin Givhan - The Role of Fashion in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Claudia Schiffer (a globally renowned model, icon and businesswoman), Robin Givhan (Pulitzer Prize winning fashion writer and special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast) and Dov Charney (CEO & Founder of American Apparel). We discuss the very fundamental questions of 'what' fashion is, and how it has become such an important part of human culture and identity. Digging deeper, we also look at issues ranging from brand, to sexuality and even the business of fashion itself.
     
  • Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE - Who are We
    In this exclusive interview, we speak with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace). We discuss her lifelong work with chimpanzees and great apes, and explore how her observations have shaped our understanding of the fundamental nature of humanity, and our definition of mankind.
     
  • Dr. Deborah Haarsma - Religion, Science and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on religion and science. Fr. José G. Funes (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Prof. Alister McGrath (Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University), Dr. Deborah Haarsma (President of the BioLogos Foundation) and Prof. Justin Barrett (Director, Thrive Centre - Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology). We discuss the fundamental roles of religion and science in society together with their roles in shaping our history, and our future.
     
  • Professor John Harris - A Journey into Bioethics
    In this article, we have an enlightening talk to a world expert on Bioethics, Professor John Harris (Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics at The University of Manchester). Professor Harris discusses the philosophy, practicality and laws surrounding bioethics, covering areas including genetics, human engineering, stem cell therapies, assisted suicide, the economics of healthcare, medical research, and human computer interfaces.
     
  • Hugh Hendry - An Air of Change
    The world is currently faced with an environment of challenges and uncertainty, the likes of which have never been seen before. On November 4th 2008, the US public raises its voice and has a say on the future of the world's economy. Thought Economics investigates the US presidential election, Barack Obama, the global economic crisis, and who's profiting from all of this? by speaking to two eminent world experts and getting an opinion on either side of the Atlantic. Dennis Gartman (Virginia, USA), a globally respected economist and trader, author of the "Gartman Letter" and Hugh Hendry (London, England), partner and CIO of Eclectica Asset Management, a renowned and respected fund manager with over $1bn under management.
     
  • Susan Herman - Justice
    In this article, we exclusively talk to three of the world's leading experts on Justice. The Rt. Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes (Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000-2005), Susan Herman (President of the American Civil Liberties Union 'ACLU') and Widney Brown (Senior Director of International Law and Policy for Amnesty International). We look at the very concept of justice itself, and explore issues ranging from the concept of democracy itself to free speech, civil liberties, war and terrorism, human rights, social justice and more.
     
  • Professor Hugh Herr - Disability & The Injustice Facing Over 1 Billion People
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Javed Abidi (Chair, Disabled People's International DPI), Sir Philip Craven MBE (President, International Paralympic Committee IPC) and Professor Hugh Herr (Head of the Biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and Founder of BiOM Inc). We discuss the human rights and social injustices faced by the those living with impairments and disabilities around the world, look at issues ranging from economics and politics to culture and sport and discuss opportunities for the future and whether technology could even end disability.
     
  • Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall - Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation), Dr. Robert Gallo (Founder of The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
     
  • James Houghton - Theatre, Performance and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on theatre and performance. Sir Howard Panter (Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, Chairman of Rambert Dance Company), Gilles Ste-Croix (co-founder of Cirque du Soleil), Joanna Read (Principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA) and James Houghton (Director of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company). We discuss the role of theatre and performance in culture, look at the secrets of the performing arts and discuss the future of theatre in the modern world.
     
  • Professor David Hulme - Equality
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on inequality. Professor David Hulme (Founder and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) , Prof. Sir Michael Marmot (Director of the Institute of Health Equity, University College London), Baroness Onora O'Neill (Chair of the Equality and Human rights Commission) and Prof. Richard Wilkinson (Co-Founder of the Equality Trust). We discuss the fundamental question of why inequality exists in our society, the impact it has on our world, and what we can do to fight it.
     
  • Ambassador Gábor Iklódy - The Security of Cyberspace
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ambassador Gábor Iklódy (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges), Professor Sadie Creese (Professor of Cybersecurity at Oxford University and Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School) and Professor Howard Schmidt (Partner at Ridge Schmidt Cyber and Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush). We discuss the threats posed to nations, their economies and societies from the internet and networks that form cyberspace.
     
  • Prof. Nic Jones - Our Fight With Cancer
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Christopher Wild (Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC - an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organisation of the United Nations) and Prof. Nic Jones (Chief Scientist of Cancer Research UK and Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre). We discuss the very nature of cancer itself; how it affects us, and our society. We look at the causes of cancer, it's impact around the world, and- most importantly, how we can fight it.
     
  • F. W de Klerk - Racism
    In this article we talk to Frank Willem (FW) de Klerk (Former President of South Africa and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Prof. Githu Muigai (Attorney General of Kenya and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights) and Iby Knill (Holocaust Survivor). We discuss the impact of racism, discrimination and intolerance on our society and explore events ranging from apartheid in South Africa, the holocaust and genocides of the twentieth century. We then look at issues surrounding contemporary forms of racism, and what this means for the future of human culture.
     
  • Iby Knill - Racism
    In this article we talk to Frank Willem (FW) de Klerk (Former President of South Africa and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Prof. Githu Muigai (Attorney General of Kenya and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights) and Iby Knill (Holocaust Survivor). We discuss the impact of racism, discrimination and intolerance on our society and explore events ranging from apartheid in South Africa, the holocaust and genocides of the twentieth century. We then look at issues surrounding contemporary forms of racism, and what this means for the future of human culture.
     
  • Professor Philip Kotler - The Role of Brands in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Professor Philip Kotler (S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and described as 'the most influential marketer of all time') and Martin Lindstrom (Chairman and founder of Buyology Inc, who was voted one of the World's 100 Most Influential people by Time magazine). We discuss the nature of 'brand' and 'branding' together with the role branding plays in our economic and social world.
     
  • Martin Lindstrom - The Role of Brands in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Professor Philip Kotler (S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and described as 'the most influential marketer of all time') and Martin Lindstrom (Chairman and founder of Buyology Inc, who was voted one of the World's 100 Most Influential people by Time magazine). We discuss the nature of 'brand' and 'branding' together with the role branding plays in our economic and social world.
     
  • Professor Stefano Mancuso - Our Understanding of Life
    In this exclusive interview, we talk to Professor Stefano Mancuso, founder of the study of plant neurobiology, and co-founder of the LINV (the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology). We discuss the very fundamental questions surrounding life itself and the profound discoveries he and his team have made about the nature of intelligence in our own ecosystem.
     
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot - Equality
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on inequality. Professor David Hulme (Founder and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) , Prof. Sir Michael Marmot (Director of the Institute of Health Equity, University College London), Baroness Onora O'Neill (Chair of the Equality and Human rights Commission) and Prof. Richard Wilkinson (Co-Founder of the Equality Trust). We discuss the fundamental question of why inequality exists in our society, the impact it has on our world, and what we can do to fight it.
     
  • Prof. Alister McGrath - Religion, Science and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on religion and science. Fr. José G. Funes (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Prof. Alister McGrath (Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University), Dr. Deborah Haarsma (President of the BioLogos Foundation) and Prof. Justin Barrett (Director, Thrive Centre - Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology). We discuss the fundamental roles of religion and science in society together with their roles in shaping our history, and our future.
     
  • Professor Juan Méndez - Torture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to two of the world's leading experts on torture. Keith Carmichael(Founder of REDRESS, an organisation that seeks justice and reparation for torture survivors) and Prof Juan Méndez (the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment) - both torture survivors. We look at the true scale of torture globally, exploring why and how it happens, the effect it leaves on survivors, its impact on communities, and how individuals can find justice. We also explore whether we will ever see a world free from torture.
     
  • Carolyn Miles - The Plight and Promise of the World's Children
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Carolyn Miles (President and CEO of Save the Children) and Dr. Jean Zermatten (Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child). We look at the plight of children worldwide- discussing issues ranging from poverty to exploitation, health to education, climate change to conflict, the media and more. We also look at the fundamental role of children in human progress, and why they are key to the future of our society.
     
  • MOBY - The Role of Music in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moby (Multi Award Winning International Recording Artist, DJ and Photographer) and Hans Zimmer (International Award Winning composer and music producer who has composed music for over 100 films). We discuss the fundamental question of 'what' music is and the role of music in human culture. We also explore the business of music, and how technology has impacted the production and consumption of music around the world. Digging deeper, we discuss the secrets of what makes a great piece of music and look at why music is fundamental to our very experience of being human.
     
  • Prof. Mohsen Mostafavi - The Role of Architecture in Humanity's Story
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Martha Thorne (Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize), Richard Rogers (architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyds building and Millennium Dome in London and founder of Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners) and Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design). We discuss the very nature of architecture itself, how it relates to culture and topics ranging from the nature of cities, how buildings influence our lives and the future of architecture itself
     
  • Professor Githu Muigai - Racism
    In this article we talk to Frank Willem (FW) de Klerk (Former President of South Africa and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Prof. Githu Muigai (Attorney General of Kenya and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights) and Iby Knill (Holocaust Survivor). We discuss the impact of racism, discrimination and intolerance on our society and explore events ranging from apartheid in South Africa, the holocaust and genocides of the twentieth century. We then look at issues surrounding contemporary forms of racism, and what this means for the future of human culture.
     
  • Dr. Nils Muiznieks - Racism
    In this article we talk to Frank Willem (FW) de Klerk (Former President of South Africa and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Prof. Githu Muigai (Attorney General of Kenya and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights) and Iby Knill (Holocaust Survivor). We discuss the impact of racism, discrimination and intolerance on our society and explore events ranging from apartheid in South Africa, the holocaust and genocides of the twentieth century. We then look at issues surrounding contemporary forms of racism, and what this means for the future of human culture.
     
  • Kenneth Murray - Have Banks Bottomed Out? What is the Future of Global Banking?
    The past 10 days have been "the most dramatic in Wall Street's 216-year history" seeing Lehman Brothers collapse, AIG fall into critical distress, and the US Federal Reserve creating a c. US$1 Trillion rescue plan to "save the world". While many investors were caught in this crisis, the leading economists in the world saw it coming. In this article, we talk exclusively to Kenneth Murray who is Chairman & Executive Director of Blue Planet Investment Management, and a renowned banking economist about the factors which caused the crunch, whether banks have bottomed out, the future of global banking, and whether it's the right time to invest in banks.
     
  • Kumi Naidoo - Protecting the Rights of Planet Earth
    In this interview we talk to Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace. We discuss, in detail, the profound issues affecting our earth, including energy and climate change, food security, oceans, forests, international trade, economics, the structure of society, technology and more.
     
  • Moisés Naím - How Power Shapes our World
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moisés Naím (Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Executive Director of the World Bank) and Admiral James Stavridis (Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO). We discuss the fundamental nature of power, how it shapes our world economically, politically, socially and how it impacts the lives of every single individual on the planet.
     
  • Professor Wim Naude - The Economics of Developing Nations and the Global Financial Crisis
    More than ever before in human history, our countries are linked in a complex economic framework which creates dependencies between all nations. In a privileged interview, Thought Economics speaks to Professor Wim Naudé, (Senior Research Fellow and Project Director of the United Nations University World Institute for Developing Economics Research) and discuss the interdependence of nations, economics of world development, the effects of the global economic crisis on developing nations, free market economics, commodities, corruption, and what the developing world can teach our markets.
     
  • Ingrid Newkirk Humanity's Relationship with Animals
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Ingrid Newkirk (Co-Founder and President of PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). We discuss the relationship of our species with the animal kingdom. We look at issues ranging from animal rights, to the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment experimentation and more.
     
  • Charles Norton - Profiting from "Vice" Industries
    In this article, we talk strategy with Charles Norton, of the "USA Mutuals Vice Fund", an investment fund with c.USD100m under management, and a focus on Tobacco, Alcohol, Gaming and Aerospace/Defence.
     
  • Sir Howard Panter - Theatre, Performance and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on theatre and performance. Sir Howard Panter (Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, Chairman of Rambert Dance Company), Gilles Ste-Croix (co-founder of Cirque du Soleil), Joanna Read (Principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA) and James Houghton (Director of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company). We discuss the role of theatre and performance in culture, look at the secrets of the performing arts and discuss the future of theatre in the modern world.
     
  • Baron Peter Piot - The Health of Society.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, and former Minister of Health of Mexico), Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians), Baron Peter Piot (Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dame Sally Davies (The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer). We talk about the concept of public health, the most important health challenges the world currently faces, and opportunities for the future.
     
  • Baroness Onora O'Neill - Equality
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on inequality. Professor David Hulme (Founder and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) , Prof. Sir Michael Marmot (Director of the Institute of Health Equity, University College London), Baroness Onora O'Neill (Chair of the Equality and Human rights Commission) and Prof. Richard Wilkinson (Co-Founder of the Equality Trust). We discuss the fundamental question of why inequality exists in our society, the impact it has on our world, and what we can do to fight it.
     
  • Susan Payne - African Agriculture - Humanitarian Challenge, Economic Opportunity
    In this article, we talk to Susan Payne, CEO of Emergent Asset Management and discuss Agriculture, a keystone industry for Sub-Saharan Africa, a region which is home to almost a billion people and presents one of the greatest humanitarian challenges and economic opportunities of modern civilisation. In this exclusive interview, we discuss the future of Agriculture in the region, climate change, hunger, investment opportunities, macro-economics and more.
     
  • Michael Pento - The Secrets of Gold - An Insight into Gold Markets
    In this article, we explore the gold market, and talk to Michael Pento, Chief Economist at Delta Global Advisors (with over $1.5 billion under management). We talk to Michael about the role of gold as the world's reserve currency, the factors and economic theories affecting gold pricing, the ' financial crisis', and the future of gold prices.
     
  • Prof. Edmund Phelps - Capitalism - What Comes Next?
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Nobel Prize Winning Economist, Edmund Phelps (Director of the Columbia University Center on Capitalism & Society and the McVickar Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University). We look at the story of modern capitalism, the benefits it has brought, and the challenges it has created. We explore the 'post crisis' economy, the role of government in society, the relationship between capitalism and conflict, the role of oil in our society and look at what needs to be done to 'fix' our global economy, and the science of economics itself.
     
  • Dr. Sam Pitroda - How Technology and Innovation Drive Global Development
    In this exclusive interview, we talk to Dr. Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation with the Rank of Cabinet Minister. Dr. Pitroda takes us on a very personal journey on India's technology driven revolution looking at areas ranging from the impact of the phone, through to the sweeping changes in economics, social-structure and even national security.
     
  • Jeff Raikes - Charity, Philanthropy and Society
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Jeff Raikes (CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Eli Broad (Founder of the Broad Foundations), Sir Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group) and Anousheh Ansari (Trustee of the X Prize Foundation, and title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize) . We discuss the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy- looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. We also talk about their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest problems.
     
  • Joanna Read - Theatre, Performance and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on theatre and performance. Sir Howard Panter (Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, Chairman of Rambert Dance Company), Gilles Ste-Croix (co-founder of Cirque du Soleil), Joanna Read (Principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA) and James Houghton (Director of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company). We discuss the role of theatre and performance in culture, look at the secrets of the performing arts and discuss the future of theatre in the modern world.
     
  • Kristiina Rintakoski - Global Conflict: Causes and Solutions for Peace
    In this article, we speak to Kristiina Rintakoski, Executive Director of the Crisis Management Initiative (launched by Nobel Prize winner President Martti Ahtisaari) about global conflict, its relationship with economic inequality, climate change and energy. We talk about the dynamics of conflict and crisis situations, and how organisations like CMI are building peace internationally.
     
  • Sir Ken Robinson - Learning to Be Who We Are
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Marina Abramović (internationally acclaimed performance artist), and Sir Ken Robinson (widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business). We question the fundamental nature of learning and education and discuss the life long journey of understanding our purpose and who we are.
     
  • Richard Rogers (Baron Rogers of Riverside) - The Role of Architecture in Humanity's Story
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Martha Thorne (Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize), Richard Rogers (architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyds building and Millennium Dome in London and founder of Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners) and Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design). We discuss the very nature of architecture itself, how it relates to culture and topics ranging from the nature of cities, how buildings influence our lives and the future of architecture itself
     
  • Prof. Jeffrey Sachs - Hunger
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University) and Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Chair of the Board of the CGIAR Consortium). We look at the true scale and nature of global hunger, exploring issues ranging from poverty to climate change, conflict to politics, economics to education and more. We discuss the realities of hunger in our world and how we can end it.
     
  • Claudia Schiffer - The Role of Fashion in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Claudia Schiffer (a globally renowned model, icon and businesswoman), Robin Givhan (Pulitzer Prize winning fashion writer and special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast) and Dov Charney (CEO & Founder of American Apparel).  We discuss the very fundamental questions of 'what' fashion is, and how it has become such an important part of human culture and identity. Digging deeper, we also look at issues ranging from brand, to sexuality and even the business of fashion itself.
     
  • Professor Howard Schmidt - The Security of Cyberspace
    In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ambassador Gábor Iklódy (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges), Professor Sadie Creese (Professor of Cybersecurity at Oxford University and Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School) and Professor Howard Schmidt (Partner at Ridge Schmidt Cyber and Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush). We discuss the threats posed to nations, their economies and societies from the internet and networks that form cyberspace.
     
  • Zaab Sethna - The Iraq Opportunity
    In this article, we talk to Zaab Sethna, Head of The Baghdad Office of Northern Gulf Partners, discussing the state and stability of Iraq, the future of its economy, and sectors ranging from oil & gas, renewable energy, commodities, utilities, telecommunications, real-estate and infrastructure. We also look at the investment opportunities Iraq offers, together with many of the key issues on rebuilding the nation.
     
  • Tom Sherak - The Role of Film in Society
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Tom Sherak, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (best known for their Academy Awards, also referred to as "Oscars"). We look at the role of film in society and how it has grown to become such a ubiquitous art. We discuss what makes a 'great' movie, some history of film, the economics and future of the industry, and how the internet and other technologies such as CGI and 3D have affected the movie business.
     
  • Michel Sidibé - Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation), Dr. Robert Gallo (Founder of The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
     
  • Russell Simmons - Can Hip-Hop Change the World?
    In this exclusive interview, we speak to Russell Simmons (Co-Founder of Def Jam, Chairman & CEO of Rush Communications – described by USA Today as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years”). We discuss the story of hip-hop, its growth into a global phenomenon and how hip-hop reflects the extreme social realities of urban culture globally.
     
  • Jeremy Smith - Investing and Trading in Illiquid Assets
    In this article, we speak to Jeremy Smith, Chief Strategy Officer at SecondMarket, where over 3,000 participants manage over $1 trillion, participating in the world's largest centralized, independent marketplace and auction platform for illiquid assets from auction rate securities to private company shares, CDO's, mortgage and asset backed securities.
     
  • Gigi Sohn - How the Internet and Digital Culture Affect Rights and Liberties
    In this interview, we talk to Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge (a highly influential Washington, D.C.-based public interest group working to defend citizens' rights in the emerging digital culture) and Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge. We talk about how digital technologies and the internet have affected our rights as citizens and consumers. We discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital era, and how these will affect our rights in the future.
     
  • Philippe Starck - The Role of Design and Creativity in Humanity's Story
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Philippe Starck, one of the most prolific designers of the last half-century. We explore the very fundamentals of why we design, exploring the relationship of design to our history, culture, and experience of our world. We discuss how major global issues such as climate change, technology and economics influence design, and look at essential nature of beauty itself.
     
  • Admiral James Stavridis - How Power Shapes our World
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moisés Naím (Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Executive Director of the World Bank) and Admiral James Stavridis (Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO). We discuss the fundamental nature of power, how it shapes our world economically, politically, socially and how it impacts the lives of every single individual on the planet.
     
  • Gilles Ste-Croix - Theatre, Performance and Society
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on theatre and performance. Sir Howard Panter (Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, Chairman of Rambert Dance Company), Gilles Ste-Croix (co-founder of Cirque du Soleil), Joanna Read (Principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA) and James Houghton (Director of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company). We discuss the role of theatre and performance in culture, look at the secrets of the performing arts and discuss the future of theatre in the modern world.
     
  • Prof. Jill Tarter - Are We Alone?
    In this exclusive interview, we speak with Prof. Jill Tarter (Co-Founder and Bernard M. Oliver Chair of the SETI Institute). We discuss her lifelong work with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and look at mankind's quest to answer the fundamental question of whether we are alone in the universe.
     
  • Sir Ratan Tata - Charity, Philanthropy and Society
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Jeff Raikes (CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Eli Broad (Founder of the Broad Foundations), Sir Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group) and Anousheh Ansari (Trustee of the X Prize Foundation, and title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize) . We discuss the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy- looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. We also talk about their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest problems.
     
  • Sir Richard Thompson - The Health of Society.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, and former Minister of Health of Mexico), Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians), Baron Peter Piot (Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dame Sally Davies (The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer). We talk about the concept of public health, the most important health challenges the world currently faces, and opportunities for the future.
     
  • Sir Crispin Tickell - The Vulnerability of Man
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Professor Sir John Beddington (the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser) and Sir Crispin Tickell (former diplomat and advisor to successive UK Prime Ministers, who is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on climate change and environmental issues). We tackle the question of how vulnerable our species really is and explore threats ranging from climate change and natural disasters to food, energy and water security, viruses, near earth objects and the biggest threat to humanity… humans themselves.
     
  • Martha Thorne - The Role of Architecture in Humanity's Story
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Martha Thorne (Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize), Richard Rogers (architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyds building and Millennium Dome in London and founder of Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners) and Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design). We discuss the very nature of architecture itself, how it relates to culture and topics ranging from the nature of cities, how buildings influence our lives and the future of architecture itself
     
  • Professor Neil Turok - Unlocking the Universe
    In this exclusive interview, we talk to Professor Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and member of Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council. We discuss some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of life, the universe, and look at some of the profound ways in which physics could be about to change our world.
     
  • Jérôme Valcke - Football and Society
    In this exclusive interview, we talk to Jérôme Valcke, Secretary General of FIFA (the governing body of world football). We discuss why football has grown to become the world's most prominent sport, and look at the role it plays within our society. We also investigate the social, economic and political sides of football, its impact on the developing world, and the future of the sport itself.
     
  • Jimmy Wales - How Participatory Culture and Mass Collaboration are Shaping our World
    In this article, we are privileged to speak to Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and president of Wikia Inc. We speak to Mr. Wales about his latest project, "Wikia" and about how our world is now, and will forever be, remarkably changed by Participatory Culture, Mass-Collaboration and the pace of technological advance.
     
  • Brian West - Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation), Dr. Robert Gallo (Founder of The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
     
  • Dr. Christopher Wild - Our Fight With Cancer
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Christopher Wild (Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC - an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organisation of the United Nations) and Prof. Nic Jones (Chief Scientist of Cancer Research UK and Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre). We discuss the very nature of cancer itself; how it affects us, and our society. We look at the causes of cancer, it's impact around the world, and- most importantly, how we can fight it.
     
  • Professor Richard Wilkinson - Equality
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on inequality. Professor David Hulme (Founder and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) , Prof. Sir Michael Marmot (Director of the Institute of Health Equity, University College London), Baroness Onora O'Neill (Chair of the Equality and Human rights Commission) and Prof. Richard Wilkinson (Co-Founder of the Equality Trust). We discuss the fundamental question of why inequality exists in our society, the impact it has on our world, and what we can do to fight it.
     
  • Randall Willette - Art as an Investment
    Art now, more than ever, is seen as an effective asset class for the management of wealth. International wealth management firms and funds are increasingly pitching 'art banking' and 'art investment' services, against a backdrop of auction houses constantly breaking records as massively liquid collectors seem to buy 'at any price' to secure works of prominent global artists. In this article, I investigate whether art is an effective wealth management instrument, gaining an insight into the operation of the art investment market, and interviewing Mr. Randall Willette, founder of one of the world's leading Fine Art Wealth Management firms.
     
  • Prof. Jody Williams - War and Peace
    In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to three Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Prof. Jody Williams (Chair, Nobel Women's Initiative - Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, ICBL), Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Human Rights Lawyer and Educator) and President Maarti Ahtisaari (Former President of Finland and Founder of CMI - The Crisis Management Initiative). We discuss the causes of war and conflict, the impact of these phenomena on society, and look at what it will take to achieve a world at peace.
     
  • Sheryl WuDunn - Are Women Suffering the Greatest Injustice of the Twentieth Century
    In this exclusive interview we talk to Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winning co-author of " Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". We discuss the reasons for the subversion of women's rights, and look at issues ranging from education, to global conflict, economics, health and policy. We discuss differences in women's challenges between the developed and developing world, and look at possible solutions for this malignancy in our societal structure.
     
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Woolf of Barnes - Justice
    In this article, we exclusively talk to three of the world's leading experts on Justice. The Rt. Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes (Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000-2005), Susan Herman (President of the American Civil Liberties Union 'ACLU') and Widney Brown (Senior Director of International Law and Policy for Amnesty International). We look at the very concept of justice itself, and explore issues ranging from the concept of democracy itself to free speech, civil liberties, war and terrorism, human rights, social justice and more.
     
  • Charles Wyplosz - Regional and Global Economic Integration
    In this interview, we speak to Professor Charles Wyplosz who is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, where he is Director of the International Centre of Money and Banking Studies and an Independent Economic Advisor to the President of the European Commission. We discuss regional and global economic integration, looking at Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, alongside the concepts of free trade and globalisation, and the role of economic and political integration in future of world economics.
     
  • Dr. Jean Zermatten - The Plight and Promise of the World's Children
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Carolyn Miles (President and CEO of Save the Children) and Dr. Jean Zermatten (Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child). We look at the plight of children worldwide- discussing issues ranging from poverty to exploitation, health to education, climate change to conflict, the media and more. We also look at the fundamental role of children in human progress, and why they are key to the future of our society.
     
  • Hans Zimmer - The Role of Music in Human Culture
    In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moby (Multi Award Winning International Recording Artist, DJ and Photographer) and Hans Zimmer (International Award Winning composer and music producer who has composed music for over 100 films). We discuss the fundamental question of 'what' music is and the role of music in human culture. We also explore the business of music, and how technology has impacted the production and consumption of music around the world. Digging deeper, we discuss the secrets of what makes a great piece of music and look at why music is fundamental to our very experience of being human.
     
  • Walter Zimmerman - The Price of Events, an Inside Look Into the Minds of Energy Traders
    In this article, we gain a better understanding of how energy traders put a 'price' on geopolitical and weather events, and get a unique and privileged insight into the mindset of energy traders and the market. This article features an in depth interview with Mr. Walter Zimmerman, Senior Energy Analyst & Economist for ICAP(one of the largest brokers in the world, with an average daily transaction volume in excess of US$1.5trillion) where we talk about energy prices, events, recession, political policy and how the market "thinks".

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