Mariana Mazzucato is dedicated to changing how policymakers understand the economy — and how we think about value — to make it harder for value extractors to pass for value creators.

Why you should listen

Mariana Mazzucato is a professor of economics at University College London, where she founded and directs the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Mazzucato is changing how policymakers understand the role of the state in the economy: while traditional economics views policy as simply fixing markets when they go wrong, Mazzucato tries to convince bureaucrats that if they organize their institutions properly, they can cocreate value and markets, rather than just patch them up.

Most recently, Mazzucato developed a concept of "mission-oriented" innovation -- approaching social issues like climate change and health systems as past leaders approached the moon shot -- which has been adopted by the European Commission as part of their new innovation funding program.

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Business Unusual: Notes from Session 4 of TEDSummit 2019

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A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

May 21, 2019

With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. We talked about the fracturing state of […]

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