In this talk based on his new book Utopia for Realists – hailed by the Bookseller as “a must-read “big ideas” book with the potential to rival Thomas Piketty’s Capital and the works of Yuval Noah Harari in its impact” – major new thinker Rutger Bregman, will explore how we can reconstruct society with visionary ideas that are in fact, entirely practicable.

A huge bestseller in the original Dutch, and garnering plaudits from a swathe of eminent thinkers, Utopia for Realists overturns existing notions about how to run society with bold ideas for a happier, healthier, wealthier world. From Universal Basic Income – inches away from implementation by President Richard Nixon – to a 15-hour working week – the only way to tackle the ‘second machine age’- Bregman piles up the evidence for win-win solutions to the growing problems of inequality and unhappiness to be found in societies across the globe.

Having already sparked a movement across the Netherlands, where 20 municipalities are now putting basic income into action, Rutger Bregman will inspire you to think the un-thinkable and leave you with hope for the future.



“If you’re bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists.” Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature.

“This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we’ve been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place.” Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.

“Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last 40 years. In this surprising, accessible and often counterintuitive book Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world.” Brian Eno





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