The Path to Progress:
Building the Future Faster

A one-hour live event
28 July, 2020
9am PDT /  12pm EDT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST

Special interview

Jason Crawford, author
The Roots of Progress

Ten thousand years ago, the first humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to agriculture. Today we enjoy planet-wide communication, modern medicine, and goods manufactured by machines. We are launching spaceships into orbit and have begun to modify our own DNA.

Many take all this progress for granted, but progress is more fragile than we think, and a brilliant future for humanity is not guaranteed.​​​​ We will speak with Jason Crawford about how far humans have come, and discuss the ingredients that have fueled our progress. 

Now the world is in turmoil from a worldwide pandemic, authoritarianism is on the rise, geopolitical tensions are increasing, and the economy is in shambles. Many policymakers are skeptical of growth and technological progress. How do we ensure that humanity continues to advance on Earth and beyond?

Don't miss this conversation about a subject which will inspire you to Think Bigger.

We will discuss:

  • Why so many take progress for granted
  • The "secret ingredients" that power progress
  • What Jason has learned from studying the
    surprising history of science and technology
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Is progress in danger of slowing down?
  • Marc Andreesen's essay "It's time to build"
  • The emerging field of Progress Studies
  • Teaching Progress Studies to young people
  • What policymakers, investors, and corporate leaders can do to ensure future progress
Submit your own questions during the event!

Who should attend?

  • Investors (PE, VC, CVC, LP)
  • Board members and senior executives
  • Policymakers and policy advisors
  • Founders of disruptive startups

Register to view the recording.


Registrants will be added to our newsletter on the post-industrial transition and kept informed of future events.