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Utopia for Realists

Rutger Bregman

This event is sold out, but if you're interested in politics and history, you might like Shashi Tharoor's Inglorious Empire or Arkady Ostrovsky's The Invention of Russia.

In the Drama Theatre.

“The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas.”
The Guardian

Dare to hope for a better world

Our day-to-day reality – life expectancy, health, wealth, and education – were considered unrealistic and utopian in the eighteenth century. So, what's next? Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and author, explores how utopian ideals like a basic living income and a fifteen-hour work week could become a reality in our lifetime.

Encouragingly, these ideals are gaining traction: Finland has implemented a trial of universal basic income, as have several small towns and councils around Europe.

Bregman's transformational thinking bursts with hope and optimism, and will revolutionise your perspective on welfare, money, and society.

Session Partner: University of New South Wales

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More about Rutger Bregman...

Rutger has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. He won the Belgian Liberales Prize for best non-fiction book in 2013, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and on the BBC.

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