Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm



Woman, Rebecca Henderson, smiling at the camera.

Free Virtual Lecture

Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School, Co-chair, Harvard University Presidential Committee on Sustainability

Capitalism is the most successful economic system to have ever existed, but it is in danger of destroying itself—and our world. In her most recent publication, Reimagining Capitalism (Hachette/Public Affairs Books, 2020), Rebecca Henderson lays out a pragmatic roadmap for how business can be an engine of prosperity, while also being a system that is in harmony with the environment and one that strives to ameliorate social injustice.

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard University Office for Sustainability.

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About the Speaker

Rebecca Henderson is one of twenty-five University Professors at Harvard University, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a fellow of both the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An expert on innovation and organizational change, her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy and focuses particularly on the relationships among organizational purpose, innovation, and productivity in high-performance organizations. For several years she taught “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and the Big Problems,” a course that grew from twenty-eight to over three-hundred students. It is the basis for her book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (Hachette/Public Affairs, April 2020). Rebecca serves as a Co-chair for the Harvard University Presidential Committee on Sustainability, and serves on the boards of Idexx Laboratories and of CERES. Her publications include ”Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective” and “Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from Multiple Sectors.” She was named one of three Outstanding Directors of 2019 by the Financial Times.