Leaders Link Episode 17

A conversation with Melanie Jamieson and David Rouch

Leaders Link

20 October 2020

Welcome to a new episode of Leaders Link: a series of live-streamed conversations with leaders who have special reflections to share on some of the greatest challenges of our time.

David Rouch is a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the author of The social licence for financial markets.  

In a session hosted by LQ Partner, Melanie Jamieson, David tells us he's confident that financial markets have the potential to help humanity solve its most pressing problems, but to do so, they need to be trusted across society. He echoes the words of Mark Carney (former Governor of the Bank of England) as he discusses the social licence for financial markets, and suggests that COVID-19 offers an opportunity for widespread mindset shifts (within and outside institutions) and systemic change.

David sheds light on the importance of healing in the relationship between finance and society, and shares his views on profit as a goal and an instrument of purpose. Finally, he admits that he loses sleep over a particularly esoteric question: whether rules make a difference to human behaviour!

Our next session features Braxton Winston in conversation with Lindsay Levin and Jimmie Briggs. Braxton is an At-Large Charlotte City Council Member in North Carolina, and is currently serving his second Council term. He's also an influential citizen-journalist, producing stories ignored by traditional media outlets and employing new models of citizen engagement. Jimmie Briggs is a Principal at the Skoll Foundation and an LQ Associate. He’s a widely published journalist, including in the Washington Post, New York Times and Vanity Fair. 

Two days after the US presidential elections, we’ll reflect on what's next for social justice in America.  To join this session on Thursday 05 November at 7 AM (PT); 10 AM (EST); 3PM (BST), you can register here. These sessions are free and open to everyone, so do invite your networks to join!

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