Toward Belonging Livestream: The Economics of Belonging

Online (Event will be livstreamed on this page)
December 10, 2020
9am - 10:30am PT / 5pm - 6:30pm GMT (London)

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Webinar on policies, politics, and narratives that can move us toward or take us further away from an economics based on belonging. Watch live on this page.

About this Event

Join us on December 10 for the third in our Toward Belonging digital dialogue series for a discussion about the possibilities and potential of an economics based on belonging.

Representative democracies have seen the liberal post-war consensus challenged by various forms of populist, nationalist, and breaking politics. The United States offers a troubling display of deep polarisation while Europe offers a set of fragmenting and dissenting societies. The debate around these deep divisions has too often pitted cultural vs economic explanations.

In this webinar, panelists will explore the potential of the role of economics in creating belonging in and across national and local communities and groups.

The discussion will center around Martin Sandbu's recent book, The Economics of Belonging: A Radical Plan to Win Back the Left Behind and Achieve Prosperity for All. Martin is economics writer for the Financial Times and author of its "Free Lunch" weekly newsletter on the global economic policy debate (sent out by lunchtime in Europe).

Speakers who will join Martin in the conversation include:

Catherine Fieschi, Counterpoint Director and author of Populocracy;

Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and Director of Food Labor Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.

Simon Reid-Henry, Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Science at Queen Mary University of London, Counterpoint Associate, and author of Empire of Democracy.

December 10: 5:00 pm–6:30 UK (Noon–1:30 pm EST / 9:00–10:30 am PST)

The webinar will be live and Q&A from audience members is encouraged.

Register here on Eventbrite and participants will receive a link to the webinar. Live captioning (English) will be provided.


Toward Belonging is a partnership initiative of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, More in Common, Counterpoint UK, Sciences Po Paris, and Queen Mary University of London, along with a growing network of social change partners.

Toward Belonging was formed to connect work across geographies and disciplines that can mount a challenge to rising authoritarianism, widening inequality, and a politics based on hate, exclusion, and division. Toward Belonging offers ideas for a world based on belonging, where we take care of each other and our planet, and where we insist and work towards a world where there is no “them,” only a new and bigger “we.”

Details about this initiative and all events in this series at