Policy Forum Pod

Andrew Leigh - Innovation + Equality

Episode Summary

On this Policy Forum Pod, we’re going on a voyage of discovery to seek out answers about how to encourage and support innovation and create more equal societies.

Episode Notes

Amazing new technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence and genetics have benefitted societies and greatly rewarded their innovators, but access to resources that help people innovate is not equal. On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we invited Andrew Leigh MP to the pod bridge to talk about his new book, find out why Australians seem to fear innovation failure, and how we can support the next generation to explore the universe of innovations. We also touch upon the role of universities in building stronger partnerships between students and businesses, and discuss why excellent innovations first need excellent teachers.

Our pod presenters Sue Regan and Martyn Pearce also tackle some of your questions and comments.

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities and Member for Fenner. Prior to his election in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at The Australian National University. Andrew's new book, Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator, written with Joshua Gans, was published in October by MIT Press.

Sue Regan is a PhD Scholar and tutor at Crawford School of Public Policy. Previously, Sue was Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a UK-based research institute focusing on the well-being of low earners.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

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