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Gordon Brown

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2007-2010); Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997-2007); United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education; and Chair, Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, World Economic Forum

World-renowned leader, Gordon Brown is a powerful voice on issues such as global economic growth, international security, geopolitical affairs, education equality, and human rights.

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Leading Globalization: The European Union and the Future of Internationalism

As the anti-globalization movement rises, Europe faces an uncertain future. This drive is not limited to the continent, but is also felt in the United States and around the world. Although many know the costs of globalization, few are able to articulate its gains. The gap between what it promises and people’s day-to-day experiences of insecurity, joblessness, and stalled living standards only grows starker. Now more than ever, world leaders must clearly address concerns about these global trends. And they must act quickly.

Gordon Brown, who has represented the United Kingdom at every major European forum, maintains contact with key institutions across the continent, enabling him to provide a firsthand account of what is happening in Europe and where it is going. A trusted voice of reason, Brown's advice and insight are often requested by political leaders and business executives at the center of the globalization discussion to help them formulate strategies and durable solutions to create an equitable, prosperous future of cooperation. 

This presentation can be tailored to meet audiences’ unique needs, which may include answers to such questions as:

• What are Europe’s economic prospects? What has happened to the euro?

• What is happening with the anti-globalization movement and what are the similarities between what's afoot in Europe and America?

• How will Europe face the challenges of Russian aggression, Syrian oppression, Middle East repression, and North African instability?

• How can states commit to wide-ranging collaboration on trade, security, energy and the environment, without subjugating proud national identities?

• What is the fallout from globalization, not just for Europe, but for the rest of the advanced world? How will China and the whole of Asia and Africa integrate into the fast-changing world of the next decade?

The Rise of Populism in the West and Its Economic and Political Consequences

Gordon Brown examines the economic impact of the populist rebellion in the west, highlighted by the U.S. election result, the Brexit and Italian referendums, and the descent into protectionist policies in western and eastern Europe. 

How and why have so many subscribed to populist and protectionist policies? What are the consequences for trade, standards of living, and much-needed economic reform? Can we combat populism by changes in domestic policies – such as by retraining the unemployed for new jobs, tackling low wages, and controlling immigration – or does the international economy need to be better managed to deliver growth, jobs, and a better quality of life? What of the demands for “bringing back control” and thus reasserting national sovereignty? Will this trend make western countries more parochial, nationalist, and even isolationist, or do we still need greater global cooperation to solve our economic challenges including slow growth, climate change, and restricted trade? 

In the past, two kinds of populism have emerged: an economic populism that blames the financial elites and manifests itself in movements to “take back control,” and a cultural populism that demonizes the outsider and often marches under a strongly nationalistic banner. At one and the same time, America and the West seem to be experiencing both kinds of populism. From his unique vantage point as a former British PM and the Chairman of the G20 during the financial crisis, Gordon Brown, who has studied populism movements, sets out an agenda on how to succeed in the face of them.

Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization

The international financial crisis that has held the world economy in its grip since 2008 is still stirring across many corners of the globe. In this discussion based on his book Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization, Gordon Brown addresses how the crisis can be reversed and asserts that world leaders must continue to work together if we are to avoid another decade of lost jobs and low growth. Speaking both as someone who was in the room driving discussions that led to some crucial decisions and as an expert renowned for his remarkable financial acumen, Brown puts forth not just an explanation of what happened but a clear directive for how to prevent future financial disasters. He argues that markets need morals and suggests that the only way to truly ensure that the world economy does not flounder so badly again is to institute a banking constitution and a global growth plan for jobs and justice.

The Critical Social and Economic Impact of Global Education

Gordon Brown believes that education is the birthright of every child, the key to expanded opportunity, and a source of prosperity, employment and social cohesion. His time in government cemented his views on the importance of education to unlocking better health, greater social stability, more rights and opportunities for women, and a higher standard of living. In his role as United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, he works to increase the number of children in primary education. This means finding schools and funding for the 59 million children currently out of school by persuading national governments and the international community to take their responsibilities to these children seriously. The cost of educating each of them is often as low as $100 per year per child. In this presentation, he discusses how educated populations boost economies, how the Internet revolution is changing the way people learn, and why education reform is essential so both young people and those already working can continue to gather the skills to enable them to compete in our increasingly globalized world.

Meet Gordon Brown

World-renowned leader, Gordon Brown is a powerful voice on issues such as global economic growth, international security, geopolitical affairs, education equality, and human rights.

Gordon Brown is one of the most authentic, courageous and influential world leaders of our time.  He has unflinchingly dedicated his lifework to improve lives and to ensure prosperity for future generations.  Action and results oriented, Gordon Brown focuses on practical solutions to address the critical challenges facing our increasingly complicated and interdependent world.  Gordon Brown passionately delivers a thoughtful and complete understanding of complex issues while challenging audiences to consider new perspectives and possibilities with which to better understand their world today.   

While Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Gordon Brown was one of the first leaders during the global crisis to initiate financial actions for which he is now widely credited for preventing a second Great Depression. Today, his visionary strategies are being applied to critical economic and social policies. With phenomenal insight and practical acumen, Brown illuminates issues at the forefront of international debate and concern: continued economic challenges; emerging threats to international security; the future of the European Union; current geopolitical challenges in the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia; education equality; and urgent human crises being endured by the world’s underrepresented citizens.

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