We need an empowering narrative

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 When the subprime crisis started, most economists, and the policymakers they advised, thought it would only affect people who had bought homes they couldn’t afford. They didn’t expect that national problem to trigger a cascade of events that almost caused the collapse of the […]

Belief in Business

Richard Howitt,  Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and member of the B20 Task Force on Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency A recurrent theme throughout this week’s OECD-B20-BIAC High Level Session on global economic governance was ‘disbelief’. Policy makers are shocked by the fundamental challenge to their arguments for the benefits of […]

Towards an empowering state: turning inclusive growth into a global reality

Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the OECD Secretary-General and Sherpa to the G20. With thanks to Shaun Reidy, Acting Coordinator of the OECD Inclusive Growth Initiative. This article is part of Inclusive growth: The state of the debate 2017 being published today by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, that brings together reformers […]

Telling the whole truth in a post-truth environment

Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the OECD Secretary-General and Sherpa to the G20 In 2016, surprisingly for many, Oxford Dictionaries chose as their Word of the Year “post-truth”, an adjective defined as: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. […]

Lessons for France from PISA 2015

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa. A French version is available here Fifteen years ago, the OECD started evaluating education systems worldwide by testing the knowledge and competences of 15 year-old students through the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Right from very first PISA exercise in 2000, we noted that the […]

It’s not just the economy: society is a complex system too

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa Income and wealth inequality is not a new phenomenon. On the contrary, it seems that it is a permanent feature in human history, and over the years, its causes and consequences have become more numerous and more interconnected. The same is true for many social phenomena, […]