NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment is running the Big Ideas: Festival of Economics on Friday 12 August. Over 20 speakers have already been confirmed – and others are being sought – to take over the Duncairn Gardens building and initiate discussion the future of social security, the power of procurement, economic data, universal affordable childcare, and lots lots more.
Keynote speaker is Professor Steve Keen (Institute for Dynamic Economic Analysis and Kingston University London). He is often cited as the economist who best predicted the financial crisis and the recession. You can listen to some of his previous lectures online. At the one day festival, he’ll be pitching his big ideas on the mass cancellation of personal debts.
Other speakers include:
- Sir Paul Silk (Commission on Devolution in Wales)
- Mairaid McMahon (Federation of Small Businesses)
- Richard Prothero (Office for National Statistics)
- Nicola McCrudden (Chartered Institute of Housing)
- Stephen Clarke (Resolution Foundation)
- Pauline Walmsley (Knowledge Exchange Early Years)
- Emer O’Siochru (Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability)
During the day there will also be skills development sessions on Understanding Economics and How to Cost Your Policy Ideas.
If you have a big idea on an economic justice, economic development or a related issue, Michael McGilligan at NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment wants to hear from you. Email him at michael DOT mcgilligan AT nicva DOT org to see how your idea can become part of the festival.
Alan Meban. Tweets as @alaninbelfast. Blogs about cinema and theatre over at Alan in Belfast. A freelancer who writes about and reports from civic, academic and political events, reviews cultural performances, chairs discussions, and live-tweets, streams and records lectures and conferences. He delivers social media training, coaching and consultancy, produces podcasts, is a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, FactCheckNI board member, and is a member of the Corrymeela Community.