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    Lord Green Book Launch: The Human Odyssey

    Join us for the launch of the new book by Lord Green, Chairman of Asia House.

    Over the last three decades, the Eurasian land mass has experienced a period of extraordinary change, including the emergence of entire new cities, the spread of mobile telecommunications and the digital revolution. Lord Green has travelled extensively through Eurasia during this time, and has experienced many things which reflect the endless human search for beauty and worth, the numbing power of human evil, and the degradation of the environment. Now, in The Human Odyssey, he asks: where are we heading next?

    Spanning politics, history, metaphysics, philosophy, religion, the arts, environmental studies, geography, social economics and more, The Human Odyssey comes at a pertinent time for a rapidly changing world.

    ‘The long human odyssey of self-discovery has reached a crucial stage: everything we do affects everyone and everything else – and we know it. The next hundred years will bring more change than we can easily imagine: more opportunities for more people to achieve the fulfilment of a good life, and more risks that could result in catastrophic harm to the whole planet than we have ever known before…we will gain immeasurably in our individuality and in our humanity if we are open to learn the wisdom of others…The more we learn about each other, the more we discover the commonalities of human experience. For we discover ourselves fully only as we discover the other.’ 

    – Lord Green, Chairman of Asia House


    This event will be moderated by leading economist and commentator Linda Yueh, and includes an audience Q&A, a book signing and drinks reception.

    Please note that this is not a ticketed event but you must pre-register. Due to limited availability, we will be in touch closer to the event if your registration has been successful. Pre-register for this event here.


    Praise for The Human Odyssey

    ‘Erudite, bold and wide-ranging – a book that makes you think about knowledge, wisdom and what the future has in store.’

    — Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford, and author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World


    ‘Ranging from Japan to Iceland, and from Babylon to the Belt and Road Initiative, this is a book of remarkable sweep and scope – not just learned, but deeply humane.’

    — Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind


    About Lord Stephen Green

    Lord Green was appointed Chairman of Asia House in January 2017, bringing with him extensive international business and governmental experience. He was Minister of State for Trade and Investment from 2011 to 2013, responsible for all matters relating to trade and investment in both the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    Prior to entering government, Lord Green was Group Chairman of HSBC from 2006 until 2010. Lord Green is a respected commentator on world trade and Asian affairs, and regularly writes on these issues. He is also Chairman of the Natural History Museum Board of Trustees. He was made a life peer on 16 November 2010 as Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint.

    About Linda Yueh

    Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She is also Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Her latest book is The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today, selected by The Times as one of their Best Business Books of 2018.

    This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019.

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    • Date
      19 September 2019
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    • Asia House
      New Cavendish Street