Professor Michael J. Sandel to speak at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum 2018 on metropolitan social challenges

02/05/2018

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Professor Michael J. Sandel to speak at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum 2018 on metropolitan social challenges

02/05/2018

We are excited to announce that Professor Michael J. Sandel, lecturer of the legendary course “Justice” from Harvard University, will be a keynote speaker at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum in September 2018. A renowned political philosopher, he will engage the audience with inspiring dialogue on what are the right things to do for addressing metropolitan social challenges.

Professor J. Sandel will challenge the audience with ethical dilemmas grounded in politics, business and our everyday lives. For example, will providing social good in a market system degrade or misrepresent the true value of that good? What products/services should not be provided through markets, irrespective of the efficiency savings they might bring? And if prices cannot measure the value of goods, is there a moral framework that philanthropists can use to do so?

Join us now to hear from around 50 distinguished speakers and meet 1,000+ thought leaders from the philanthropy sector across different parts of the globe to exchange views on the most urgent social needs of 21st century cities.

Early-bird tickets at HK$2,120 per person are now available until 30 June 2018. Register now to secure your tickets.

About Professor Michael J. Sandel

Professor Michael J. Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television.  It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where China Newsweek named Sandel the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”

His international bestseller Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? has sold over two million copies worldwide and is one of the most widely read books of political philosophy in recent decades. In his latest bestseller What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Sandel challenges readers to rethink the role that money and markets should play in our lives. It is one of Foreign Policy’s ‘20 must-read books’.

Described by The Guardian as “the man who is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English,” Sandel has achieved “the kind of popularity usually reserved for Hollywood movie stars and NBA players” (China Daily) through his books and online lectures.  His recent lecture tours have taken him across five continents, packing such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Sydney Opera House (Australia) and an outdoor amphitheatre in Seoul, Korea, where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.