The lonely century with Noreena Hertz

Economist Noreena Hertz shares how we can heal fractured communities


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In the WIRED briefing, WIRED editor-in-chief Greg Williams and previous WIRED Smarter speaker, Noreena Hertz, who is a renowned economist and author of The Lonely Century (one of WIRED’s picks for the best books of 2020) explore why this is the lonely century, how we got here and what each of us can do to help reduce loneliness for ourselves and our communities.

Even before the global pandemic, loneliness was well on its way to defining life in the twenty-first century. The increased use of technology, the reorganisation of companies, and the decades of neoliberal policies that have placed self-interest above the collective good all enable the world to be more connected – but are leaving societies more fragmented.

Watch this WIRED briefing to learn solutions to combat loneliness that we can apply at home, at work and in our neighbourhoods, from finding ways to reinvigorate our communities to examining innovative models for urban life, and putting the case for compassionate AI.

About Noreena Hertz

Hertz is a renowned thought leader, academic and broadcaster. Her books, The Silent Takeover, I.O.U. and Eyes Wide Open, are published in more than twenty countries. Her opinion pieces have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Financial Times, El Pais, Die Zeit and South China Morning Post.

About WIRED Briefings

Designed as an extension of WIRED’s long-running live conference portfolio, WIRED Briefings are punchy, deliberate and engaging sessions that reflect the same high calibre of speakers and programming featured at a WIRED event. Part of the WIRED Foresight series, curated by WIRED editor, Greg Williams