Sunday 18 October, 14.00 until 15.30, Free Stage, Barbican Contemporary Controversies
Jeanne-Marie Gescher OBE is acknowledged as one of the leading thinkers on China. For the past 25 years, she has been instrumental as a business adviser in shaping its emerging market dynamics, especially in the development of China’s digital and creative industries. In All Under Heaven, she has written a definitive critique of China’s development, from the year dot to today, to explore how the largest nation on earth maintains order.
If ‘China is in many ways a microcosm of our planet’, is the role of humanity to question everything or to compromise in the spirit of community? Was Confucius right to suggest that, ‘where wealth and the efficiency of wealth-creation are valued over humanity, chaos will prevail’? Should we be individuals, citizens or subjects? And does China or the West have the better answers?
If you’ve ever wondered how China maintains order - by its one-party state, but also by its social contract - this is the book, and the Bookshop Barnie, for you.
author, All Under Heaven: China’s Dreams of Order; speaker; adviser
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
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