In recent years a seemingly rising number of natural and human-made disasters have been impacting on global development. In this lecture, based on a two-year UNU-WIDER project into entrepreneurship and development, Wim Naudé will be exploring the extent to which the misallocation of entrepreneurial talent , due to inappropriate reward structures on global and national levels, may have exacerbated and even directly contributed to these disasters. Hence his lecture will consider entrepreneurial incentives in the contexts of earthquakes and droughts, conflicts over natural resources, the climate change challenge, and in the context of the recent global financial crisis. As entrepreneurs themselves may shape societies’ rewards structures, he asks whether novel expressions of entrepreneurship, including social, public, institutional and non-state sovereign entrepreneurship need to be scaled up in order to address pressing global challenges.
Conference Room C, Temporary North Lawn Building (TNLB) UN Headquarters, New York