We can now confirm the four expert speakers who will be proposing ideas to go into our manifesto for a better economy at the “City of the Future” event on March 20th at the Council House.

David Powell is Economics campaigner at Friends of the Earth. You can read some of his posts on their Policy blog here.


Julia Slay is Senior Researcher and Social Policy Programme Co-Ordinator at the New Economics Foundation. Her research interests include public services, inequality, gender, education, democracy and participation, criminal justice, core economy and co-production.


Oliver Bettis is a speaker for the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy. He believes that in a finite world with environmental and energy constraints, economic growth is not compatible with sustainability or stability.


Dr Helen Borland is Senior Lecturer in Business Sustainability at Aston Business School. Her work focuses on how firms can adopt an ecologically sustainable approach to their strategic decision-making, senior management and leadership activities.


The chair of the event will be Alun Thorne, who is editor of the Birmingham Post. He took on this role last year, having previously been head of business.


We are sure that the expertise they bring to the event will mean the quality of debate will be very high and we urge anyone who wants to attend to register for their free place as soon as possible.

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