The Knowledge Economy Made Socially Inclusive, by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
11th May 2017
CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Carrer Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona
Summary:A new practice of knowledge-intensive production has emerged in all the major economies of the world in the wake of the decline of traditional mass-production industry. It is characterized by permanent innovation and radical experimentalism as well as by high technology. Rather than being disseminated in the whole economy, however, the advanced form of production remains largely confined to insular productive vanguards from which the vast majority of the labor force remains excluded. This insularity has become a driving force of both economic stagnation and economic inequality. A fateful question is whether this new practice of production can be disseminated throughout the economy and developed in socially inclusive form. The aim of this lecture is to argue that it can and to show how it can.