Eric Liu

Topic: You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen

Cover of "You're More Powerful Than You Think" by Eric Liu

Adam Grant

Topic: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Tanya Talaga

Topic: “Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” (House of Anansi Press, 2017)

Book cover of Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga.

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, University College London (UCL). Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 she was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ in the New Republic.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and new projects on Rethinking Medical Innovation, funded by the Open Society Foundations, and on mission-oriented innovation policies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Her recent research also includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency.

She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016). Her new book, The Value of Everything, will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) in 2018.

Nilofer Merchant

Topic: The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

Photo description: Book cover of The Power of Onlyness.

David Frum

Topic: The consequences of the Trump presidency


Chuck Klosterman

Topic — “But What IF We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past”