“The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde
How do we define value? How has this changed over time? And who has a say over what is deemed valuable or worthless? For centuries, society has seen value mainly through an economic lens: one takes a job because of its monetary benefits; marriage is a financially beneficial relationship to enable stability; and the true test of a business is its profit at the end of the year.
But is this changing? In recent years, factors such as climate change, social justice and the pandemic have forced us to reconsider how we define value. Our second event in the Futureverse series in partnership with Y TREE will cover some of the most pressing questions of today: Will technologies democratise finance? Can capitalism really adapt so that things other than monetary value are considered important in business, including fairness and environmental impact? And are we finally seeing a growing awareness that value cannot necessarily be quantified with a price tag? Some things, such as time, health, job satisfaction, and the survival of our planet are surely worth more than a number in a bank account.
Join us online on Tuesday, 5 July at 6:30pm to explore the Value Revolution through the eyes of former Financial Times columnist, now charity founder, author and maths and economics teacher Lucy Kellaway OBE; Adrienne Buller, author of The Value of a Whale, the book that examines the truth of “green capitalism”; and banker, co-creator and host of the award-winning Money Maze podcast, Simon Brewer. Chairing the discussion will be Jon Sopel, award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author.
Speakers are subject to change.