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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy called for a historic US effort to place a man on the moon before the end of the decade. His speech stirred Americans’ energy and passion to pursue the seemingly impossible. Professor Mariana Mazzucato articulates a similar “moonshot” agenda to reform capitalism. In this illuminating Talks at Google video, host Matt Bongiovi interviews Mazzucato about her vision for aligning the public and private sectors to accomplish this daunting feat. Executives and investors will find valuable insights into the future of capitalism in this compelling discussion.

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Talks at Google are discussions with leaders in various fields created for Google employees and then disseminated to the public. Matt Bongiovi is a host. Mariana Mazzucato is a professor of economics at University College London.


The US space flights of the 1960s show that a mission-based approach could solve global financial and social problems.

The NASA missions of the 1960s sent humans into space and ultimately to the moon. In the 21st century, nations face monumental headwinds from environmental and social crises, such as climate change and income and wealth inequality. Propelling society forward requires a “moonshot” effort to solve the many complex problems threatening people’s well-being. Policy makers should ask a critical question: “What is the mission?” Their efforts should begin with a focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development...

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