Tomorrow's Economy

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26 March 2015

A Progressive Approach to Radical Innovation

The digitally enabled economy is unleashing a new wave of change, something we are only just beginning to feel and understand. The economic evidence shows that this innovation – the development and adoption of new products, services, processes and business models – is vital to support rising living standards. But making the political case for the progressive power of innovation, and the digital economy, can be more challenging. The forces of ‘creative destruction’ threaten incumbent firms, jobs, and the way people work and live, creating strong incentives to oppose change.

Confronting these hard realities is one of the defining challenges for progressive politics in the 21st century. This collection of essays aims to explore how progressives can embrace the power and promise of innovation through ICT and the digital economy, while developing new institutions to enable societies to cope with the new challenges and risks that they herald.


Robert D. Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Michael McTernan
 is acting director of Policy Network

Alastair Reed
 is a researcher at Policy Network


Birgitte Andersen, Big Innovation Centre; Matt Brittin, Google; Daniel Castro, Center for Data Innovation; Julian David, techUK; Paul Hofheinz, Lisbon Council; Jonathan Murray, Innovia Ventures; Andrew Sharpe, Centre for the Study of Living Standards; Nick Sohnemann, future candy; Kathleen Stokes,  Nesta; Desirée van Welsum, The World Bank; and Matthew Whittaker, Resolution Foundation.

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