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Sir Peter Bazalgette tells us why empathy is such an underrated feature of flourishing societies


Sir Peter Bazalgette tells us why empathy is such an underrated feature of flourishing societies

Sir Peter Bazalgette delivered the latest lecture in our Road to Characterseries. He put forward the case that empathy is crucial for the wellbeing of society.

Listen to the lecture here.

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Our Special Trade Commission discuss the UK's future trade prospects

Friday, 8 December 2017

Our Special Trade Commission gave a public briefing where they shared their ideas of what an independent trade and regulatory policy looks like for the UK and what the UK-EU relationship should look like.

The discussion featured our Special Trade Commissioners; Grant Aldonas, Alden Abbott, Alan Oxley, John Weeks, Francisco Sanchez, Sir Lockwood Smith and Luis De La Calle and was chaired by Shanker Singham.

Join our experts to discuss how we make 'Global Britain' a reality

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

On Tuesday 21 November at 8.30am, the authors of our recent paper, The Brexit Inflection Point: The Pathway to Prosperity will discuss the findings of the report and their recommendations for ensuring the UK leaves the EU in the strongest possible position.

Register your interest here.

Wisdom in Leadership: A lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon

Monday, 13 November 2017

On Monday 13 November at 6.30pm, the Legatum Institute is delighted to host Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, to deliver the second in our Road to Character lecture series.

Sir Anthony, a well-known educationalist, author and broadcaster, will address the theme of “Wisdom in Leadership: The Qualities Our Leaders Need at a Time of Moral Crisis”. He will be setting his talk against the backdrop of the current scandals blighting politics; looking at what has gone wrong and how do we get it right.

Philippa Stroud and Matthew Elliott set out a theory to deliver transformational change

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Addressing the challenges confronting our generation will take visionary thinking and commitment. But more importantly, it will require us to build a movement of people dedicated to improving our societies.

Our CEO Philippa Stroud and Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott delivered a lecture examining how we can construct a Theory of Change. They shared their personal stories and the principles and lessons they’ve learnt delivering major change and reform to the UK. Drawing upon this experience as well as historic campaigns such as Wilberforce’s efforts to abolish slavery and the Anti-Corn Law League, Matthew and Philippa set out the five steps to successfully effect transformational change:

  1. Articulating the problem
  2. Finding the solution
  3. Building a coalition of support
  4. Persuading the decision makers
  5. Implementing the solution

They concluded with a look into the Institute’s new research programme, which seeks to address the major challenges of our generation and to shape the values, ideas and policies, which will transform society and see all people prosper, creating the pathways from poverty to prosperity.

Listen to the lecture here.

David Brooks launches Legatum Institute's Road to Character lecture series

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

David Brooks, the best-selling author and New York Times columnist, launched the Legatum Institute's new Road to Character lecture series.

Courage, honesty, and charity are among the qualities that inspired our civilisation and shaped our world today. Yet these, and other crucial values, are too often missing from today's public life. In the Road to Character lecture series, inspired by David Brooks’s book of the same name, the Institute is inviting high profile speakers to examine the character trait they most cherish, and its role in their own, and in the nation's, life.

The Road to Character lecture series is part of the Institute’s Cultural Transformation programme. Future speakers include Sir Anthony Seldon speaking on wisdom in leadership (see below) and Sir Peter Bazelgette speaking on empathy. Next year, Helena Morrissey will speak on service, General Lord Guthrie on self-discipline and Dambisa Moya on courage.

Listen to the lecture here.

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

At the Legatum Institute, Professor Ferguson discussed the conclusions of his new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power.

Listen to the lecture here.

The Legatum Institute joins the debate at party conferences

Monday, 2 October 2017

The Legatum Institute joined Labour and Conservative activists at both Parties annual conferences, to discuss how we can create new pathways from poverty to prosperity.

View photos from the event here.

The Road Ahead: Transport, Business and Brexit – a view from the Secretary of State

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

On Tuesday 11 July at 12.15pm the Legatum Institute Business Forum will host Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP.  He was a leading figure in the successful Leave campaign, and one of the referendum’s most notable optimists about the opportunities for Britain outside of the EU. With negotiations now underway, Chris Grayling is playing a key role within Government to help provide the certainty required to enable businesses to invest and deliver prosperity, both now and after Brexit.

This is an invitation only event for Business Forum members. However, if you wish to participate please contact Izabela Joshi - izabela.joshi@li.com 

Rabbi Lord Sacks, Sir Oliver Letwin and Tim Montgomerie discuss timeless principles in a changing world

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

On Tuesday 4 July, the Legatum Institute brought together three of the UK’s most reflective thinkers for an event in the House of Commons to discuss the relevance of key social values in modern Britain.

Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, former Cabinet Minister Sir Oliver Letwin and celebrated journalist Tim Montgomerie debated whether recent events had challenged notions of community and society, and how we protect, restore and strengthen the values that underpin strong societies and economies, such as courage, integrity, freedom, loyalty and social responsibility. 

Listen to Rabbi Lord Sacks talk about the crucial elements of successful leadership.


A New Partnership For UK - EU Financial Services

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) and leading law firm CMS have produced a detailed study of how governments and regulators can work together to maintain efficient, closely integrated financial services markets across national borders. Our panel on Thursday took a step back from the jargon and examined the real barriers and obstacles to cross-border financial services that businesses might face after the UK has left the EU and what can be done about them.

Mind the Gap: The Distance Between the Establishment and the Rest

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Legatum Institute welcomed Jeremy Vine, one of the BBC's best known and best loved presenters.

Ethics in Business

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

As part of our Cultural Transformation series, we were delighted to welcome Prue Leith CBE to the Institute. 

Improving Austria's Prosperity

Friday, 28 April 2017

Launch in Vienna for the Legatum Institute's inaugural Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report.

Sir Paul Marshall And Lord Hill discuss the upcoming Prosperity UK Conference.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

On Wednesday 26 April, the Prosperity UK Conference brought together leading policy makers, politicians, academics and business people to chart the course for the U.K. once it departs from the European Union.

Challenges of Global Trade: A Perspective from Mexico's Secretary of Economy

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, Mexico, joined us on Monday for a Q&A with our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham. 

What are the institutions that matter and how do we restore confidence in them? An evening with Sir Roger Scruton.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sir Roger Scruton, one of Britain’s foremost philosophers, and the author of over 40 books, spoke to a packed room at the Legatum Institute on the importance of Britain’s institutions at a time of great change in the wake of Brexit.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Legatum Institute hosted a public lecture on 5th April  by best-selling author and political commentator David Goodhart, on his new book, The Road to Somewhere.

The Outlook for UK Trade: Dealing with Barriers to UK Exporters with Greg Hands

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Legatum Institute's Business Forum hosted a conversation with Greg Hands, Minister of State in the Department for International Trade. The conversation included discussion of free trade deals, the challenges and big opportunities for trade in a post Brexit world, and what British business can do to export more.

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy: Identity Politics and the Culture of Victimhood with Michael Ramsden

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The only feeling that is better than being right, in today's culture, is being "wronged". Michael Ramsden asks: As we increasingly identify ourselves as victims of someone else's decisions and call for opposing voices to be silenced, are we heading into a situation where one kind of freedom trumps another?

The Economy: An Optimists View with Mervyn King

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Legatum Institute was pleased to welcome Mervyn King (Lord King of Lothbury) to speak on his optimistic outlook for the British and global economies.

The Opportunities and Challenges for Britain in a New Post-Brexit Era with Charles Moore

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Charles Moore in leading a conversation on “The opportunities and challenges for Britain in a new post-Brexit era” at a round table event.

Charles Moore acknowledged that Brexit had marked the triumph of a sovereign state. The example set by the English people was being studied across Europe – and might well be copied across the continent. This was not to ignore, however, the very real challenges, in terms of the movement of goods and people, that could still hinder prosperity, even if temporarily.

Ethics in the Media

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to be hosting a discussion on “Ethics in the Media”, the inaugural event in the Cultural Transformation Programme. 

Economic Model for Britain post Brexit: The Innovation Economy with the Chair of the PM's Policy Board

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Legatum Institute’s  Business Forum will host a conversation with George Freeman, Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board and MP for Mid Norfolk. He will discuss the crucial role of the ‘innovation economy’ in post-Brexit Britain.

Shanker's Trade Tour

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission's Chair Shanker Singham is currently travelling through India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.  

Brexit Trade Briefing with the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Last week the Legatum Institute hosted the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), in London.

Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Conference in London

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to host the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), from Monday 6 February – Wednesday 8 February, in London.

Shanker Singham appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions Friday 27 January 8pm

Friday, 27 January 2017

Director of the the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham appeared on the BBC Radio 4 News and Current Affairs panel discussion programme Any Questions  Friday 27th January 8pm 


The Opportunities and Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs: The case for Zambia

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Following a recent, well attended, visit to the Legatum Institute last year, the Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia, Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina returned to explain how her country is trying to make the business environment there more attractive for women to set up as entrepreneurs.

Hear what she had to say (here)

Brexit: A Pathway Forward

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(from left to right) Shanker Singham, Director of the Economics of Prosperity Programme, David Davis, State Secretary for Exiting the EU, Tim Hames (Director General of the BVCA) and Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute.

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, expanded on the strategy for Brexit negotiations, the most important and sensitive task for the UK Government in the coming months. 

He confirmed the Government's intention to trigger Article 50 at the end of March 2017, begining the two year period of negotiation with the EU and that their intention was to “minimise the costs and maximise the benefits” of whatever the relationship would be in the future.

We were extremely grateful for the support of the BVCA for this event