13 Events found for the year 2017


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

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sir Peter Bazalgette delivered a lecture for our Road to Character series. He put forward the case that empathy is crucial for the wellbeing of society.

Sir Peter's thought-provoking lecture examined the barriers to our ability to empathise with others, and the resulting impact on everything from the delivery of education and healthcare to creating an effective criminal justice system. 

Listen to the lecture here.

View photos from the event here.


Wisdom in Leadership: A lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon

Monday, 13 November 2017

Against the backdrop of the current scandals blighting politics, Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, delivered a lecture on wisdom in leadership. 

As part of our Road to Character lecture series, Sir Anthony explored the qualities our leaders need a time of moral crisis.  

Sir Anthony suggested that there are three elements needed to successfully enact wisdom—underlying wisdom, the desire to embody that wisdom and the skills and opportunities to implement it.


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.

Listen to the lecture here.

Road to Character lecture series

The Legatum Institute's Road to Character series is part of our Cultural Transformation programme and was launched by David Brooks, the best-selling author and New York Times columnist. We invite high-profile speakers to discuss the character trait they most value, and its role in their own, and in the nation's, life.


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

Thursday, 5 October 2017

At the Legatum Institute, Professor Ferguson discussed his new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Powerwhich proposes a whole new way of imagining the world; shaped by two distinct organisational forces: hierarchies and networks.

Listen to the lecture here.


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

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

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.



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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

BBC journalist and presenter, Jeremy Vine, spoke at the Legatum Institute about the growing gap between the establishment and ordinary people.

Listen to Jeremy Vine's lecture here.


Prue Leith CBE shared her approach to ethics in business

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

As part of its Cultural Transformation programme, the Legatum Institute hosted a lecture by Prue Leith CBE, in which she drew from her long and successful career to examine the ideal of business as a moral community, where people are able to flourish and contribute to the prosperity of the wider community.

Listen to Prue Leith's lecture here.


Improving Austria's Prosperity

Friday, 28 April 2017

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


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.


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. 


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)