The Robert Oakeshott Lecture 2019

The EOA’s annual lecture commemorates and celebrates the life, legacy, and work of its founder, and employee ownership pioneer, Robert Oakeshott.

In 2019 Professor Mariana Mazzucato PHD will give the Employee Ownership Association’s (EOA) 2019 Robert Oakeshott Lecture.

Mariana’s lecture, which is being held on April 4, at International Students House, One Park Crescent, Regents Park, is titled Rethinking Value and Public Purpose: a mission-oriented approach.

Robert Oakeshott founded the EOA in 1979 – 40 years ago – and the lecture is a key feature of the celebrations for EOA40.

Mariana is a celebrated economist – named “one of the three most important thinkers on innovation” by the New Republic – advising policy makers around the world and is known for her strong challenge to rethink capitalism to create global value through her books and articles, advisory roles and speaking engagements.

Mariana, a professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP), which is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction – and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.

  • Read Mariana’s full biography

    Mariana is a professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP), which is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction—and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.   

    She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ by the New Republic, and is on The Bloomberg 50 list of ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019.

    Mariana’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It investigates the role of public organizations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change—and the danger of ignoring this in economic theory and policy. She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2016). Her new 2018 book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018), looks at the need to reward value creation over value extraction, and was shortlisted for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

    She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland and Norway’s Research Council.  She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union.  

    She publishes in a wide array of academic journals and her current research is funded by international grants including from the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.

 

PostlethwaiteEOA member Postlethwaite, an employee owned law firm specialising in all forms of employee share ownership, is supporting the lecture, which was established to commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of EOA founder Robert Oakeshott after his death in 2011.

 

As a prelude to Mariana’s lecture there will be a speech by David Erdal, who worked closely with Robert Oakeshott on a number of employee ownership projects, including taking his family’s business Tullis Russell into employee ownership, ahead of becoming interim MD of Job Ownership Ltd (the EOA) when Robert retired in 1999. David has authored two books on employee ownership Local Heroes – the Story of Loch Fyne Oysters and Beyond the Corporation: Humanity working.

 

Click here to register for tickets

 

Legacy of our founder

The EOA’s annual lecture commemorates and celebrates of the life, legacy and work of EOA founder and employee ownership pioneer Robert Oakeshott.

Each year in his memory the EOA works with Robert’s family members and invites an industry leader to deliver a lecture that is topical.

Robert, a journalist, founded Job Ownership Ltd (JOL) in 1979 with the support of companies such as the John Lewis Partnership and international polymers manufacturer Scott Bader. Robert’s book ‘Jobs and Fairness’ is acknowledged as the definitive study on employee ownership in the UK and overseas.

Read more about Robert and the history of the EOA on our EOA40 page

 

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