Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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In a world threatened by ecological disaster, global inequality and human tragedy, how can we make a difference?  The bank we select, the pension fund and insurance that we choose, the investments that we support, and the voice that we raise to shape Government investments and financial behaviour, can begin to make the changes that are needed when joined with the efforts of others.  This presentation shows why and how.

Date: Friday 31 March
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings, lecture theatre 3
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Speaker: Robert Howell’s primary interest is working to understand the links between ecological degradation, financial systems, and ethics.  He has a particular focus on ethical investment, economic reform, and shareholder activism.  He set up the Council for Socially Responsible Investment (2003-2012) and co-founded the establishment the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility based in Canberra in 2013. He has a background as a CEO, management consultant, and contract university teacher, with competencies in strategic visioning, governance, organisational design, and business ethics. He has a MA in philosophy, a postgraduate diploma in health management, and a PhD in community health planning and management.  He is one of the authors of Right Relationship Building a Whole Earth Economy, and one of a team of authors from Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand in their publication, Strong Sustainability for New Zealand Principles and Scenarios.
Drawing on material from his book, The New Zealand Project, Max Harris makes the case for a universal basic income (UBI) pilot in New Zealand.  He examines the arguments for and against a UBI, using a values-based framework; explains why piloting a UBI is justified and valuable; and recounts the lessons we can take from Finland's experience so far with developing its UBI pilot.
Date: Wednesday 12 April
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Venue: Rutherford House, lecture theatre 2
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Speaker: Max Harris is author of The New Zealand Project (Bridget Williams Books, 2017).  He is an Examination Fellow and PhD student at All Souls College, Oxford.  He has worked as a clerk to Chief Justice Elias at the Supreme Court of New Zealand and as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's Executive Office in New York.

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