Modern economics bases its world view on assumptions Adam Smith made about nature and people nearly three hundred years ago, when people travelled by horse and carriage and wrote by the light of candles. We now live in a globally-connected world of digital communication and advanced technology - and yet, our economic model remains unchanged, stuck in the past.
Taking a thorough look at economics and the origins of our current way of thinking, Irene Schoene puts forward a modern economics that is not only relevant to our world of technology and industry, but which also shows an awareness of how it ties in to environmental considerations.
Irene Schoene studied Politics and Economics in Hamburg and Kassel, qualifying with a Masters and a PhD in Social Economics. At the Freiburg Institute for Applied Ecology, she worked on developing a wider modern economic approach, published in two books in german. Irene was one of the founders of the Berlin Institute for Ecological Economy Research, and is a member of its Scientific Council. Since 1998, she has worked as one of the three Non-Executive Directors at a green bank. Irene lectures and speaks across Europe and has written 50 publications, "Fair Economics" is her third book.