Permacrisis: a plan to fix a fractured world

Hosted by the European Institute

In-person and online public event (Old Theatre, Old Building)


Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian

Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian

Professor Michael Spence

Professor Michael Spence


Professor Silvana Tenreyro

Professor Silvana Tenreyro

From the escalating climate crisis to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, increasing nationalism, surging inflation and worsening inequality, our world seems to be descending into chaos.

Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and his co-authors, renowned economist Mohamed El-Erian and Nobel laureate Michael Spence, have pooled their decades of experience at the forefront of global political, business and thought leadership to develop a bold new plan to prevent crises and manage the future for the benefit of the many and not the few. Join us to hear more about their new book, Permacrisis: a plan to fix a fractured world.

Gordon Brown (@GordonBrown) has served as the Prime Minister of United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He is currently the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and, since September 2021, he has also served as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing.

Mohamed A. El-Erian (@elerianm) is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer. He also served as Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council, and is a columnist for Bloomberg View and contributing editor at the Financial Times.

Michael Spence is the Philip H. Knight Professor Emeritus of Management in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2001, he received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in the field of information economics.

Silvana Tenreyro is Professor in Economics at LSE. She has also recently served as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England for two terms. Before joining the Bank, she was co-Director and Board member of the Review of Economic Studies and Chair of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Economics Society. She is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and a Fellow of the Econometric Society.

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