Ideas Rule the World, not Kings or Corporations

Lawrence Summers, economist, professor, former president of Harvard University, and economic adviser to President Obama, asks this question in a thought provoking lecture about the evolution of ideas and the critical importance of education in an increasingly multi-faceted world.

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How many people remember who ruled England when Chaucer wrote or when Milton wrote or when Shakespeare wrote or even when Dickens wrote? Lawrence Summers makes the compelling case that history is shaped by ideas and the spread of knowledge rather than empire and conquest. Every innovative policy, maverick action, and upset of the status quo is rooted in an idea, a small pebble that starts a wave that eventually reaches all shores.

Making Complex Decisions: A Masterclass with Lawrence Summers

Lawrence H. Summers leads a six-part workshop on employing rational, data-driven thinking to make complex decisions.

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Lawrence H. Summers's six-part Masterclass on Making Complex Decisions is available on Big Think Edge.

Larry Summers: We Need to Invest in Infrastructure

Interest rates are low. Construction unemployment is high. There's no better time to invest in major infrastructure projects. Larry Summers asks what we're waiting for.

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Interest rates are low. Construction unemployment is high. There's no better time than now to invest in major infrastructure projects. Economist Larry Summers asks what we're waiting for.

Larry Summers: Oil Prices Should Stay Down

The acclaimed economist talks oil prices, energy independence, and America's unavoidable market vulnerability.

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The acclaimed economist talks oil prices, energy independence, and America's unavoidable market vulnerability. Even though the United States is reeling in its reliance on foreign sources of oil, Summers says its link to the oil markets of Europe and Japan means an innate state of vulnerability.