Renaissance 2.0: the disruptive changes shaping our world and future

Professor Ian Goldin, Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development

Co-presented with the Education Portfolio at the University of Sydney

15 May, 2017

The extraordinary growth of the past thirty years is due to unprecedented globalisation and accelerating technological change. Connectivity has been associated with rising creativity and accelerating change. The speed, scale and complexity of this integration has far-reaching implications for business and for individuals and societies.

Ian Goldin identifies the drivers of global growth, showing why emerging markets are likely to continue to grow at high levels for the coming decades. Rising life expectancy and collapsing fertility around the world has dramatic consequences for pensions, retirement, dependency and employment patterns. Meanwhile, advances in artificial intelligence and robotics is transforming the nature of work and has the potential to replace significant numbers of jobs and widen inequality.

Globalisation spreads not only opportunities but also creates a new form of emergent systemic risks. Pandemics, cyberattacks, climate change and financial contagion are among the systemic risks increasing uncertainty. This is associated with growing extremism and threatens to reverse integration and globalisation. Ian Goldin identifies future trends, identifying opportunities and strategies for seizing the opportunities and mitigating the risks.

Professor Goldin’s talk will draw on his latest book, Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance, co-authored with Chris Kutarna.


Professor Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. He is the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. He has published 20 books, the most recent of which are the widely acclaimed Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance; and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas.Full biography.


Professor Goldin is in Australia as a guest of the ADC Forum.