Clear Bright Future
Join us for an evening with Paul Mason, award-winning author, broadcaster and film-maker. How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? A sequence of DNA? A collection of base instincts? Or will we soon be supplanted by algorithms and A.I. anyway? Following the phenomenal success of his internationally bestselling Postcapitalism, Clear Bright Future is a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. A work of radical optimism, Paul draws from economics to Big Data, neuroscience to the culture wars to argue that we are still capable – through language, innovation and co-operation – of shaping our future.
Paul Mason is a journalist, writer, film-maker and public speaker. He speaks regularly to professional audiences across the globe in business and politics, about the impact of information technology on the economy and society. He is the author of six books. As economics editor at both BBC Newsnight (2001-13) and Channel 4 News (2013-16) he won numerous awards and plaudits. He was on the front line of covering the global financial crisis from 2007 onwards – but his work as a reporter ranged beyond economics: he reported from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, from the 2007 ethnic conflict in Kenya, the Gaza War of 2014 and from the floor of the Congress of the Communist Party of China. He writes a weekly column for the New Statesman, and contributes to the Guardian, Freitag and Le Monde Diplomatique.
In conversation with George Eaton, assistant editor of the New Statesman.