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IoD Online: "How to Make the World Add Up" - In Conversation with Tim Harford

21 Sep 2020
Online webinar, Online
How To Make The World Add Up – In Conversation with Tim Harford

When was the last time we read a grand statement, accompanied by a large number, and wondered whether it could really be true? Statistics are vital in helping us tell stories – we see them in the papers, on social media, and we hear them used in everyday conversation – and yet we doubt them more than ever. But numbers – in the right hands – have the power to change the world for the better. Contrary to popular belief, good statistics are not a trick, although they are a kind of magic. Good statistics are not smoke and mirrors; in fact, they help us see more clearly.

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Date & time: 21 Sep 2020 09:00 - 10:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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The Institute of Directors invites you to join this conversation with Tim Harford on 21st September . Tim will be releasing his next book “How to Make the World Add Up “on 17th September. Tim’s previous books include the Undercover Economist, The fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, Messy: How To be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World, amongst many others. Tim's new book offers ten simple rules for thinking clearly about the world, harnessing the power of data to illuminate problems and solutions, while avoiding pitfalls and our own biases and preconceptions. Tim will talk through the key ideas in his book and provide his views on the data behind the pandemic, the recovery and many others.

This will be a thought provoking and engaging conversation anchored by Raj Singh, Chairman -Institute of Directors Berkshire and will have a 30 minute session in the end where the audience will be invited to ask their own questions to Tim. The attendees will be able to pre-order a signed copy of the book on registration.


Tim Harford

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is    author of “The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern            Economy”, “Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4. As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, including “More or Less”, “Pop Up Ideas“, “Trust Me, I’m an Economist” and “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy“. The Times of London recently rated both “More or Less” and “50 Things” among the world’s best 10 podcasts. His new podcast, produced by Pushkin Industries (Malcolm Gladwell, Jacob Weisberg) is “Cautionary Tales“. Tim was a member of the Royal Economic Society council 2011-2017. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford. A recipient of numerous journalism and commentator awards, Tim was made an OBE for services to improving economic understanding in the New Year honours of 2019.

Raj Singh

Raj Singh is the Chairman of IoD Berkshire. He is a member of Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Forum, which provides governance oversight on its board. He is a member of the Justice and Emergency Services Committee and UK-India Tech Forum of techUK, an advisor to the National Police Chief’s Council and a $5 billion private equity organisation; while running his boutique strategy and digital transformation consulting organisation Innotatio.

Raj is an accomplished leader in strategy and digital transformation space with over 34 years of international industry experience. He has held executive management positions for multinational organisations like Oracle, Infor Group, HCL Technologies, Hexaware Technologies and Godrej. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.



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