Anthropology has often been seen as an academic version of Indiana Jones - namely a discipline devoted to exotic travel that does not have much relevance for the modern world.
However, Gillian Tett argues that this image is completely wrong today, and anthropology can make a vital contribution to public policy, corporate and financial life, as well as our communities as we try to 'build back better' after COVID-19. Indeed, she argues that a world drowning in artificial intelligence and other digital innovations desperately needs a second type of 'AI' - Anthropology Intelligence - to enable us to flourish.
But what does this mean for the economics profession? Could economists benefit by embracing this new type of AI? Gillian Tett will debate this with Deborah Rowland.
Gillian Tett is chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. She previously won Business Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year in the UK, and three SABEW awards in the US. She was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards. She has written three other books, including most recently Anthro-Vision; A New Way To See In Business And Life. Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor, assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
Deborah Rowland is a leading global thinker, speaker, writer, and coach in the field of leading big complex change. She is the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008), Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley, 2017), and the Still Moving Field Guide: Change Vitality at Your Fingertips (Wiley 2020). She has personally led change at Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo, and pioneered original research in the field, accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management, and the 2019 European Academy of Management. She is Cambridge University 1st Class Archaeology & Anthropology Graduate.
Robert Wade is a New Zealander, educated in Washington DC, New Zealand, Sussex University. Worked at Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, 1972-95, World Bank, 1984-88, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School 1989/90, MIT Sloan School 1992, Brown University 1996-2000. Fieldwork in Pitcairn Is., Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan, Iceland, and inside World Bank. Author of Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India (1988, 1994, 2007), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (1990, 2004). Latter won American Political Science Association's award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1989-91. Awarded Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, 2008.
The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.
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