Invitation 1 July 2021- Discussion of the book: Wrecking Ball

Invitation 1 July 2021- Discussion of the book: Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball explores, in an unprecedented manner, a decalogue of wicked problems that confronts humanity: Nuclear proliferation, climate change, pandemics, permanent technological unemployment, Orwellian public and private surveillance, social media that distorts reality, cyberwarfare, the fragmentation of democracies, the inability of nations to cabin private power, the failure of multinational institutions to promote collaboration and the deepening of autocratic rule in countries that have never known anything but extractive institutions. Collectively, or even severally, these wicked problems constitute crises that could end civilisation.

The Wits School of Law along with author, Stu Woolman,  invite you to a discussion of the book: Wrecking Ball: Why permanent technological unemployment, a predictable pandemic and other wicked problems will end South Africa’s experiment in inclusive democracy. 

Panellists will include: 

• Jan Hofmeyr: A socio-political analyst and qualified strategic foresight professional, with extensive experience in the implementation of quantitative and qualitative diagnostic tools in the spheres of political and economic governance in fragile, post-conflict societies in different parts of the world. He heads the Research and Policy Programme of the Cape Town-based Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR).

• Professor Franziska Sucker, Wits School of Law Primarily engages international economic law, with an emphasis on digital trade and digital inclusion.

• Professor Donrich Thaldar, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban Law School Concentrates on biolaw and new reproductive technologies.

• Adv. Martin Brassey SC: Remains a leading advocate and scholar in labour, administrative and constitutional law.

• Mike Schramm, NISC: One of South Africa’s finest publishers of international, African and domestic journals and monographs in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

DATE: Thursday 1 July, 2021

TIME: 16h00-17h30 (GMT plus 2)



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