Tuesday 15 June 2021


Gillian Tett

Editor-at-Large at the Financial Times

Anthro-Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life

In conversation with Diana Fox Carney, Gillian will be explaining how anthropology can help make sense of the corporate world. Drawing on themes from her book, Anthro-Vision, she reveals why ‘sense-making’ can explain the most erratic behaviour of Wall Street bankers, and why concealed systems of barter shape our relationship with Silicon Valley. She delves into the cultural shifts driving investment in new markets and green issues. And she reveals what anthropology can tell us about our own workplaces, too: by identifying the hidden tribes within the office, or pinpointing which rituals are binding together a team.

Gillian Tett

Gillian is the chairman of the US editorial board and editor-at-large at the Financial Times. Perhaps best known for predicting the 2007–8 financial crisis, Tett’s bestselling book Fool’s Gold was one of the definitive books on the crash.

Tett holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she studied marriage rituals in Tajikistan. Her work for the FT has taken her around the world – from Brussels to Tokyo to Moscow to New York– and won her numerous awards, including Columnist, Journalist and Business Journalist of the Year prizes at the British Press Awards.

‘A fascinating and compelling demonstration that all of us, especially economists, can benefit from the insights of anthropology:
the worm’s-eye not just the bird’s-eye view of how people behave.’

Mervyn King