“Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism”

To solve the most pressing problems of our time, the role of the state must be rethought, argues Mariana Mazzucato in her latest book. We invited her to discuss the "mission economy" and its practical relevance for Germany with Wolfgang Schmidt.


New Economy Short Cut: “Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism” with Mariana Mazzucato und Wolfgang Schmidt

October 19, 2021 at 11am CEST via Zoom

In her latest book, Mission Economy, Mariana Mazzucato argues that we must rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose.

To solve the massive crises facing us, she is convinced we must use collaborative, mission-oriented thinking by using a stakeholder view of public private partnerships. We need to think bigger and mobilize our resources in a way that is as bold and inspirational as the moon landing—this time to tackle the most ‘wicked’ social problems of our time.

In Germany, the fundamental idea of mission-oriented thinking and policies is increasingly met with openness: The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) has recently advised the German Federal Government to adopt mission-oriented thinking as a new policy approach for research & innovation in view of major societal challenges. Earlier this year, SPD candidate for chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz started the electoral campaign with a commitment to a mission-oriented economic policy.

We are therefore delighted that Mariana has accepted to present the main ideas of “Mission Economy” and discuss its practical relevance for Germany with Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

You can register for the event here.

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