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Wednesday 9 September 2020


Noreena Hertz

Best selling author and broadcaster

The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World that's Pulling Apart

How will today’s loneliness crisis impact the upcoming US election? How can you make your staff feel connected to each other in the age of remote working? Why does AI risk making us feel even more lonely? What is the Loneliness Economy and why is it such a significant trend? Why are your children the loneliest generation in history? How can we come together again in a world that is so divided and fractured?

Even before a global pandemic introduced us to terms like social distancing, loneliness was well on its way to becoming the defining condition of the 21st century. Noreena joins us on the day before her book ‘The Lonely Century’ is published to discuss all this and more.

Noreena Hertz

Noreena is a renowned thought leader, academic and broadcaster. Her books, The Silent Takeover, I.O.U., and Eyes Wide Open, are published in more than twenty countries. Her opinion pieces have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Financial Times, El Pais, Die Zeit and South China Morning Post. She has hosted her own show on America’s largest radio network Sirius XM show, served as ITV’s economics editor, and spoken at events including TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos and Google Zeitgeist. She has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Cambridge University. Noreena is based at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, where she holds an Honorary Professorship.

'Highly original, persuasive and thought-provoking. The Lonely Century is essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our complex times. It is destined to be a classic.'

Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics, NYU