Jul 01, 2014
By Valerie Massie
12:00 PM ET | Matt Ridley
GUEST – Matt Ridley, Author, Idea City 2014 speaker
TOPIC – A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
INFO – Matt Ridley argues that human beings’ ability to connect, collaborate and co-operate gives our species an often underestimated capacity for change and social progress. His latest book, The Rational Optimist (2010), was long listed for the FT’s Business Book of the Year. Matt takes on contemporary pessimism to argue that, in spite of disasters and reverses, the world has been getting better and better for humanity over the last two centuries. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he argues; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. Innovation comes from people and human exchange, not from government policy or elite diktats.