UPCOMING EVENT: How do we change the way we age? The Longevity Imperative by Andrew J. Scott

UPCOMING EVENT: On 19th March 2024, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development will welcome Andrew J. Scott (Professor of Economics, London Business School) for the launch of his new book, The Longevity Imperative: Building a Better Society for Healthier, Longer Lives (2024).

We live at a unique time in human history. For the first time ever, the young and middle-aged can expect to live long enough to become old. But we need to behave differently if we want to ensure our lives are healthy, productive, and engaged for longer.

The Longevity Imperative addresses these issues by asking two fundamental questions, how do we change the way we age, and what does that mean for our economy, our health system and the financial sector? Inspiring and uplifting, Professor Scott’s latest title charts an exploratory course through the individual, social, political, economic, and cultural changes required for people from all cultural backgrounds to live longer and more fulfilling lives. It demands that we rethink ageing, arguing that that longevity is a key – and hitherto underappreciated – factor in determining the success of our individual and collective futures. Noreena Hertz (author of The Lonely Century) calls The Longevity Imperative a ‘wake-up call for business leaders and politicians, and a must read for anyone who wants a life well lived’. 

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development is delighted to welcome Professor Scott, in conversation with Patricia Cohen (Global Economics Correspondent at The New York Times), to discuss longevity in the context of climate change and A.I., and its implications for different societies across the world. 

Join us on Tuesday 19th March 2024, 17.30-19.00 GMT at the Sammy Ofer Centre (LT18 & LT19), London Business School, for the launch of The Longevity Imperative, plus a lecture and Q&A, in-person or online. 


Advance Praise for The Longevity Imperative

‘Scott argues that if we change the way we live, longer lives can greatly improve the quality of life at all ages. The lessons Scott teaches readers will not only educate them but introduce them to a consummate storyteller and remarkable man’

Laura Carstensen, Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University

‘Finally, a manifesto to guide the Longevity Revolution. A revelation on every page. Should be required reading for every physician and politician.’

David Sinclair, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, author of NYT Bestseller ‘Lifespan’

‘Inspiring, enlightening and uplifting, The Longevity Imperative demands a radical rethink of aging by putting forward a blueprint for how to live well today, tomorrow and in the future. A wake-up call for business leaders and politicians, and a must read for anyone who wants a life well lived’.

Noreena Hertz, author of ‘The Lonely Century’

An ageing society has long been seen as a grave future economic threat, but what if longer lives could be turned into a source of economic growth? In this striking book, Scott outlines why changing how we age is so important, what needs to be done to succeed and just how large the potential gains are to both individuals and nations’.

Nouriel Roubini, author of ‘Megathreats’

About the speakers

Andrew J. Scott is Professor of Economics at London Business School, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a consulting scholar at Stanford University’s Centre of Longevity. His research focuses on longevity and an ageing society and has been widely publish in leading journals in economics and health. His book, The 100-Year Life, has been published in 15 languages, is an Amazon bestseller and was runner up in both the FT/McKinsey and Japanese Business Book of the Year Awards. Andrew previously held positions at Oxford University, London School of Economics and Harvard University. His MA is from Oxford, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and his DPhil from Oxford University. 

Patricia Cohen is the Global Economics Correspondent for The New York Times, based in London. Cohen has a strong reputation for her writing, which covers economics, politics, the federal courts, books, art, and more. Her book, In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age (2013) has been prasied as a ‘lively, well researched chronicle’ of middle age (The New York Times Book Review). 


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