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John Browne

John Browne: Engineering the Future of Civilisation

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Inspired by the quote: "Our True Nationality is Mankind" H G Wells

Part of the Globalisation, Nationalism & Migration – Futures strand of programming.

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation is an impassioned defence of progress and innovation by the engineer, businessman and former CEO of BP, John Browne. It explores the relationship between innovation and our most urgent current dilemmas, including climate change, connectivity, defence and artificial intelligence. Addressing the mistakes and abuses of technological change, it provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can continue to thrive.

John Browne was CEO of BP from 1995–2007. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former chairman of Tate. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities, was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He is the author of four previous books.

"A feast of stimulating and significant ideas … Like all the best books, it is partly autobiographical. I knew that Browne had been head of BP but had not realised that his father was an executive of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Iraq. This may partly explain his fine eye for civilisation as distinct from bare economic activity, even at the behest of oil companies." - Andrew Adonis, Financial Times

Event chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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