When George Soros speaks at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Wednesday 21 May he won't just be talking to the 460 people in the hall but to a potential worldwide audience of 10,000 watching on the web.
In an LSE first, the event is being streamed live on the web so that people can watch via their browsers - and will be hosted simultaneously by both the School and the US political blog The Washington Note.
The billionaire financier and philanthropist is paying for the webcast, which will show him in discussion with LSE Director Howard Davies about his new book The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means (PublicAffairs,May 2008)
Among other charitable projects, Mr Soros has created the Open Society Institute, a private foundation which aims to shape public policy in support of democracy, human rights and economic, legal and social reform.
Hungarian-born Mr Soros came to England in 1947 and studied at LSE under philosopher Karl Popper. He graduated in 1952 and began his career in investment banking.
Stephen Emmott, head of web services at LSE, said: 'LSE events are of interest to a global audience. Using the web to reach beyond the lecture theatre allows us to involve not only a larger audience but also an audience who otherwise would be unable to attend due to their location or other constraints.
'As this is our first live event, we can only estimate the numbers and locations. Given that staff, students, and alumni will also be invited, we have opted to aim high in terms of the number of simultaneous connections available, and scale down rather than disappoint those who make the effort to participate. We're very grateful to Mr Soros for funding it.'
The event starts at 5pm (British Summer Time) and the LSE live feed is at www.lse.ac.uk/LSELive
The Washington Note is at www.thewashingtonnote.com/
For more information contact LSE press office on 020 7955 7440