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Listen to Sarah Harper, an expert speaker on demographics, discuss the population challenge for the 21st century

Sarah Harper speakerAround the world, populations are growing older. But is that because people are living longer? Or could it be that there are fewer younger people to dilute the demographic pool? And what about ageing itself — when exactly is ‘old’ these days?

Sarah Harper, an Oxford University Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, grapples with these sorts of questions every day, asking how these changes will affect relationships, labour, migration, and even the environment. And while she presents the questions as challenges, she’s not arguing these challenges need end in tears.

“In the last 25 years,” she notes in this podcast, “this debate has moved around from the problem of an ageing society to the challenge of the society of an ageing society. And now people talk about the opportunity.”

Click here to listen to Sarah discuss the population challenge for the 21st century.

To find out more about Sarah Harper, or to book her as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leovbq@chartwellpartners.co.uk or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Listen to Sir John Beddington on 21st century risk

For our latest Breakfast Discussion, hosted at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, we were joined by Sir John Beddington, who is currently Senior Advisor to the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, and a leading authority on assessing and managing risk.

After we indulged in an early morning breakfast of delicious bacon rolls, fresh fruit and coffee, Sir John demonstrated how disruptive megatrends shaping the 21st century pose fresh challenges, as well as new opportunities, to humankind.

He explains that there are unavoidable threats to come over the next 20 years in the form of food, water and energy poverty. How do we develop the systems to mitigate these risks, maintain political stability and maximise economic growth?

For more information on how to book Sir John as a speaker, please contact Leo at leovbq@chartwellpartners.co.uk, or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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