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Forward Thinking

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Jun 11, 2024 • 50min

Delivering services to the public—digitally—with Jennifer Pahlka

A former US deputy chief technology officer talks about how digitization can be used to create a government that works for the people. Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, served as the United States government’s deputy chief technology officer, and is author of the book Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better. Jenn joins us to share her personal reflections of her time in government and the path forward.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Apr 15, 2024 • 37min

What’s the future for cities in the postpandemic world?

Co-host Janet Bush talks with Ed Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and the chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His latest book, coauthored with health economist David Cutler, is Survival of the city: The future of urban life in an age of isolation, written to make sense of what might be the impact of the pandemic on cities. They covers topics including: •    Has the pandemic changed cities temporarily or permanently?•    What does the hybrid building look like? •    Do developing world cities teach us something new? •    How can homelessness be tackled? See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Jan 24, 2024 • 35min

Forward Thinking on Europe’s existential crisis with Marco Buti

Co-host Janet Bush talks with Marco Buti. Buti holds the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair in European Economic and Monetary Integration at the European University Institute. They cover topics including the following: The evolution of European policy coordination European competitiveness Whether Europe’s business model is sustainable The need of more speed among European companies in frontier technologies The importance of Europe’s capital markets union See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Dec 5, 2023 • 27min

Forward Thinking on the tricky business of removing carbon from our world with Nan Ransohoff

Co-host Michael Chui talks with Nan Ransohoff. Ransohoff is the head of climate at Stripe and leads Frontier, an advanced market commitment for carbon removal. She answers questions including: Is carbon removal a get out of jail free card for emitters? What are the most promising carbon removal technologies? Is it possible to scale up effective technologies quick enough? How much do costs need to come down before scaling is possible? What is an advanced market commitment? See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Nov 14, 2023 • 1h

Forward Thinking on how geeks are changing the world with Andrew McAfee

Co-host Michael Chui talks with Andy McAfee. McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-founder and co-director of MIT’s initiative on the digital economy, and the inaugural visiting fellow at the Technology in Society organization at Google. See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Nov 1, 2023 • 47min

Forward Thinking on why we ignore inflation—from ancient times to the present—at our peril with Stephen King

Co-host Janet Bush talks with Stephen King. King is a senior economic advisor to HSBC, having served as the bank’s group chief economist from 1998 to 2015. His latest book, very prescient in timing, is We Need to Talk About Inflation: 14 Urgent Lessons from the Last 2,000 Years. In this podcast, he covers topics including the following: The root causes of the current resurgence of inflation How long higher inflation may persist What history tells us about the management of inflation The main economic problem that lies ahead Why inflation matters See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Oct 11, 2023 • 41min

Forward Thinking on the existential issues facing the middle classes in every country with Homi Kharas

Homi Kharas, senior fellow at Brookings Institution, discusses the changing character of the world's middle class and its impact on shaping the world. He also explores the implications of becoming middle class, the role of the middle class in climate change, and the potential effects of AI on this socio-economic group.
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Sep 5, 2023 • 35min

Forward Thinking on funding a clean world with Ann Mettler

Co-host Janet Bush talks with Ann Mettler. Mettler is Vice President, Europe, at Breakthrough Energy, working on cleantech innovation in pursuit of a net-zero-emissions future. Before her current role, she worked for many years in European public policy. She was head of the European Political Strategy Center, the in-house think tank of the European Commission, from 2014 to 2019. In this podcast, she covers topics including the following: Investing for climate impact The challenges in Europe’s clean energy technological ecosystem Useful innovation beyond new products The new priority of energy security accelerating the net-zero transition See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
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Aug 15, 2023 • 38min

Forward Thinking on the recipe for Asia’s success story with Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin, dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics, discusses topics such as new structural economics, catching up for emerging economies, the future of globalization, and the momentum of the economies in China and Asia.
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Jul 26, 2023 • 43min

Forward Thinking on how to live with our longer lives with Andrew J. Scott

Co-host Janet Bush talks with Andrew J. Scott. Scott is professor of economics at London Business School; his work focuses on the economics of longevity. He's co-founder of the Longevity Forum and a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on Healthy Aging and Longevity, topics that are very much the focus of the McKinsey Health Institute. His book The 100-Year Life has sold more than a million copies in 15 languages. In this podcast, he covers topics including the following: What benefits could greater longevity offer to economies? Redefining retirement What could be done to help people live healthier for longer See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

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