“We need a form of economics that takes narratives seriously”
Professor Robert Shiller, Nobel prize-winner, Economist, Yale, USA
Vichaar Manthan aims to explore the narratives that societies tell each other and to itself. These stories embody, legitimise and contextualise the knowledge and experiences of a society. They order a collective memory. The most powerful stories shape our behaviour and in turn influence institutions to react to the world in equal stead.
At the Sustainable Narratives conference, we want to explore the most prevailing and long-lasting stories about how the economy works. Stories like those concerning fiscal policy, or investment opportunities, or the emerging idea to democratise and regulate conglomerates, or that free markets are a panacea, or how technology will create level playing fields. We want to put each prevailing narrative on the dock and cross-examine it in the light of sustainability.
How many of our economic narratives are truly sustainable, and how might new outlooks alter the behaviour of people and institutions?
Our panel of expert witnesses from around the world will come together and explore sustainable narratives on economy.