As part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, an evening with the Italian-American economist Mariana Mazzucato was organised in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. The event, entitled “Can Nations Be Entrepreneurs?”, examined three epic challenges for our times: inequality, climate crisis and disease. According to Mariana Mazzucato, innovation by governments is essential to inspire public-private cooperation and bring about change from the bottom up.
Mariana Mazzucato is an economist and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, and the founding director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is the author of “The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths”, “The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy” and “Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism”.