8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Full Circle teams up with BOZAR to bring to Brussels a new compelling and thought-provoking debate series on some of the most controversial issues of our time. This first debate tackles the gripping controversy on the relative merits and effectiveness of the sharing economy in today’s society. Does the sharing economy represent a truly counter-cultural movement that will help us transition away from a collapsed economic system, or is it just business as usual in disguise?
Two teams of two speakers will take to the floor for strictly timed interventions in an effort to convince the audience of their position for or against the motion that ‘the sharing economy is not about sharing’. The audience will vote at the start and end of the debate and one of the teams will be declared the winner. The audience can ask questions and make their own points throughout the debate which will take place in English.
Michel Bauwens is a Belgian peer-to-peer pioneer, theorist, researcher and active writer on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. He is director and founder of the P2P Foundation.
Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and a renowned intellectual winning accolades for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. Her research focuses on consumption, time use, environmental sustainability and ecological economics.
Steve Keen is one of very few economists to predict the great financial crisis and recession, and raised the alarm in advance. He is the Chief Economist at the Institute for Dynamic Economic Analysis (IDEA) and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London.
Judith Wallenstein is a senior partner at Boston Consulting Group and leads the BCG Henderson Institute in Europe. Through her analysis, she is examining the implications of the sharing economy and the future of work. In addition to her regular client work, Judith is part of the team managing BCG’s partnership with TED and is involved in Women@BCG, a companywide career development, mentorship, and networking program.
Jamie Bartlett is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the leading UK think tank Demos, where he is also Head of the Violence and Extremism Program. Jamie is also a tech blogger, journalist and author.