Considered thinkers from Mandelbrot ('fractals') or Keillor ('Lake Wobegon Days') to Taleb ('Black Swans') point out the absurdity of more than half of us being 'above average'. Yet financial service salesfolk presume that the financial world is full of geniuses who perform, on average, 'above average'; at the same time accountants assume everything can be marked to fair value. We shall seek out related fallacies and pose the question, 'Do these people lack intelligence or integrity?' Taking contrarian paths we uncover some disturbing points about financial regulation.
Consumers are increasingly concerned not only about the safety and quality of their food but also about its origin together with the related issues of animal welfare, organic or non-organic, fair trade and environmental impact as well as the effect diet has on their well-being. This lecture will illustrate how companies involved in raw material production, food processing, distribution and retail rely on accreditation and certification when implementing systems to ensure the supply of safe, quality food of known origin to consumers. Professor Colin Dennis is the Director General of the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association, the world's largest independent, membership-based research and technology organisation serving the agri-food industry with clients in 60 countries. He has Visiting Professorships at Queen's University, Belfast and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and is an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University. His contribution to food science and technology was recognised in 2001 by his election as a Fellow to the American Institute of Food Technology and the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He is a Non-Executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Services, serves on Government and Industrial Advisory Committees and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire in 2005.
The highly-acclaimed lecture/performance combines the knowledge of science and the wisdom of poetry. Between them actress Lisa Harrow and Roger Payne have numerous honours, fellowships, lifetime awards and even a knighthood. Written and performed by Payne and Harrow, and including the poetry of Shakespeare, Shelley, Robert Frost and others, SeaChange offers an exposé of the consequences of humanity's current indifference to natural laws and urges us to make sustainable living our primary goal. Financial support for this event was provided courtesy of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Z/Yen Group.
In the mid-twentieth century the Southern Ocean whaling industry was the world's biggest fishery. Since then, most whale species have been depleted to near extinction, most fisheries have declined and the ocean's living resources are in crisis. Marine biologist Sidney Holt will examine causes of this catastrophe and suggest restorative actions, looking at the state of science and the economic, political, social and emotional factors involved. The lecture will critically explore the relationship between campaigns and research concerned with wildlife conservation, environmental issues, and improving the welfare of wild animals.
In some countries people haggle incessantly, in others to haggle is insulting. In many cities transportation costs are based on time rather than distance. On Alderney house buyers and house sellers both put up a deposit. This lecture examines how people use different commercial structures around the world and what we might learn from their strange ways. Continuing Professional Development Attendance at these lectures can contribute towards the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the Securities & Investment Institute (SII) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Some other professional associations also accept these lectures under their CPD requirements. Further details of CPD entitlement can be obtained direct from members' professional bodies.
There are inherent paradoxes in commercial ethics. Rigid tendering processes should make it hard to corrupt procurement exercises, but often also drive out innovation and thought. Innovation, such as new technology, can help make the world a better place; but technology can also be deployed by the unscrupulous for ill. This lecture explores the philosophy behind commercial ethics with examples of real world commercial ethical issues. Ian Harris is a Director of Z/Yen Group Limited. Ian took his degree in Economics and Law at Keele University and is also a Chartered Accountant. Ian is a regular contributor of articles and pieces for the business and not-for-profit press. He is co-author, together with Professor Michael Mainelli, of the practical book "IT for the Not-for-Profit Sector" and the best-selling novel "Clean Business Cuisine". Ian sits as an external advisor on the British Computer Society's Ethics Strategic Panel.
For the first time in history, Asia has three great powers simultaneously, all of which are treating the continent as a single economic, strategic and diplomatic space. Such integration raises the prospect that Asian growth could help support the world economy. But tension between the three, protectionism in Europe and America, and the challenge in Asia of coping with inflation, social unrest and environmental damage, make such a soothing outcome look increasingly unlikely. This is the 2008 Sir Thomas Gresham Docklands Lecture. Other Sir Thomas Gresham Docklands Lectures can be accessed here: 2012 - Charles Taylor 2011 - Andy Haldane 2010 - Anne Craine 2009 - Charles McCreevy 2007 - David Blood 2006 - Professor Werner G Seifert 2005 - Sir David Tweedie 2004 - Callum McCarthy
Sustainable economics implies development without depleting natural resources or harming the environment. Can economies grow forever or are there limits to growth? Can capitalism handle zero-growth, or should we expect a catastrophic explosion? Will China, India and other developing countries save the world, or destroy it? While environmentalists may be overly concerned with sustainability, capitalists may be far too complacent about the changes ahead.
Part One: 'Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture', 'The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres' and 'Horror Motifs'
This part of the symposium included the following talks: Introduction - Professor Tim Connell, Fellow of Gresham College The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture - Neal Stephenson, Science Fiction writer The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres - Andy Sawyer, Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, University of Liverpool Horror Motifs - John Clute, Editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
There are a tremendous number of global risks ranging from energy shortages to climate change, influenza, malaria and earthquakes. We shall explore how commerce plays the key role in helping us manage these global risks. We shall also explore how creative thinking around tried economic concepts is leading to innovative solutions to global risks. In most cases 'more commerce', not less, is the better answer, and along the way we can explain the difference between resilience and robustness. In short, do you really, really, really believe in markets? And why you should!