IQ2: The World in 2050 Panel Discussion
Panel discussion by speakers from the James Martin 21st Century School. The event is hosted by Intelligence Squared (the international debating forum on crucial issues of the day). What kind of world will we inhabit 40 years from now? What moral codes will we live by? We've tended to leave these enormous questions to science fiction but time travel isn't essential. In this fascinating evening of talks the scientific experts of the 21st Century School will reveal - sometimes to an alarming degre
The Plundered Planet
Paul Collier, Oxford Professor and author of The Bottom Billion, launched a discussion based on his latest publication, The Plundered Planet. Building on his work in developing countries and the poorest populations, Collier argued for proper stewardship of natural assets as a matter of planetary urgency. His arguments charted a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand, and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to these dauntingly complex
Stability and Complexity in Model Banking Systems
The recent banking crises have made it clear that increasingly complex strategies for managing risk in individual banks and investment funds (pension funds, etc) has not been matched by corresponding attention to overall systemic risks. Simple mathematical caricatures of 'banking ecosystems', which capture some of the essential dynamics and which have some parallels (along with significant differences) with earlier work on stability and complexity in ecological food webs, have interesting implic
Growth, Innovation, and the Pace of Life from Cells and Ecosystems to Cities and Corporations; Are T
Growth, Innovation, and the Pace of Life from Cells and Ecosystems to Cities and Corporations; Are They Sustainable? Are cities and companies "just" very large organisms? They grow, metabolise, evolve and adapt; however, almost all cities survive, whereas all companies die. A quantitative, predictive, unifying framework for addressing such questions and understanding the generic structure, dynamics and life history of social and biological systems will be developed. It is based on general proper
Anticipating Future Complexity: Are Systems Such as Cities Getting More Complex?
Cities are getting more complex as their residents acquire more and more ways in which they can interact with one another. New technologies enable individuals to repackage their time and space in countless different combinations, and the flexibility afforded by such innovations makes possible many new ways in which individuals might react to this complexity. Behavioural change is considerably greater in the modern city than the medieval. Delivered by Professor Mike Batty: Director, Centre for A
Cooperation, Norms and Conflict: Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society
In order to understand social systems, it is essential to identify the circumstances under which individuals spontaneously start cooperating or developing shared behaviors, norms, and culture. In this connection, it is important to study the role of social mechanisms such as repeated interactions, group selection, network formation, costly punishment and group pressure, and how they allow us to transform social dilemmas into interactive situations that promote the social system. Furthermore, it
Episode 4: Stem Cell Research
Professor Loane Skene and Professor Peter Rathjen discuss the debate on stem cell research with Jacky Angus
Professor Loane Skene, President of
the Academic Board of the University of Melbourne, a member of the
Council of the University, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Episode 11: Precision Drug Delivery with Nanotechnology
Professor Frank Caruso chats with Dr Shane Huntington about how
advances in Nanotechnology enable delivery of therapeutic drugs in the
human body with "pinpoint" accuracy.
Guest: Professor Frank Caruso from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
Topic: Precision delivery of therap
Sakido Fukuda Parr interview on the MDG Review
IDS co-hosted a high-level event to debate progress on the Millennium Development Goals on 25 January. Sakiko Fukuda Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School, New York was asked the question: What will you taken away from today discussion on the MDG Review?
Nigel Nicholson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, talks about family businesses, leadership and Maasai warriors - and how these topics are related.
Science in Second Life, using robots in surgery and Walking with Robots
Warning: this Take-Away Science episode involves more than a hint of technology. We chat to Becca Wilson and Oliver Butters about their virtual space science project with school students. We also meet Professor Justin Cobb who's leading the way with robotic surgery and catch up with Ashley Green and Claire Rocks from the Walking with Robots project. The interviews are recorded by OU staff and the programme is hosted by Dr Mike Bullivant from the OU/BBC television series Rough Science.
Promise based management: How to create a 'promise' culture in an organisation
In the final of his three-part podcast series on promise based management, Donald Sull, Associate Professor of Management Practice, explores how to encourage people to consistently make good promises and deliver results.
Science perspectives: from an OU student, to outreach and cutting-edge research
In this podcast, we meet Professor Tom Lane, President-elect of the American Chemical Society and discuss why scientists should get involved with outreach. We return to The Open University's Dr Mark Brandon and Wes Fraser, on Mark's fascinating research into Antarctica's melting icesheets. We also meet Hazel Carr, a Course Manager in the university's Science Faculty. Hazel tells us about her experience as an OU student; the good and the bad. The interviews are recorded by OU staff and the progra
Christopher Malloy, Assistant Professor of Finance, talks about his research into social networks, specifically about the connection between mutual funds managers and senior corporate board members.
Change your quality of thinking
Srikumar Rao, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, talks about his unique Creative and Personal Mastery course and the overwhelming response he's had
Executive MBA and Sloan Fellowship programme podcast
Lyn Hoffman, Associate Dean of the Sloan and Executive MBA (EMBA) programmes, talks about the masters degree programmes that she overseas at the School and the impact they have on students' careers.
Why is marketing so important
Marco Bertini, Assistant Professor of Marketing, talks about Marketing and how the principle of 'knowing your customer' applies to all professions.
Roundtable briefing on the current financial crisis part one of four
Professor Julian Franks describes the contributing factors to high leveraging within the banking industry and the subsequent impact on the banking crisis at an Investment Management Club roundtable briefing on the financial crisis
When management collapses
When you compare the 2008 banking crisis with the Enron debacle or even with the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal in 1984, some surprisingly clear parallels emerge, says Freek Vermeulen, Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management
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