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Past Event

Jeffrey Sachs: The History of Globalization

Today’s most urgent problems, from food security to global warming, are fundamentally global. They require nothing less than concerted, planet-wide action if we are to secure a long-term future. But humanity’s story has always been on a global scale. In his new book The Ages of Globalization, Jeffrey D. Sachs, renowned economist and expert on sustainable development, turns to world history to shed light on how we can meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Sachs will take us through a series of seven distinct waves of technological and institutional change, from the original settling of the planet by early modern humans to today’s globalization. The dynamics of these past waves offer a fresh perspective on the ongoing processes taking place in our own time. Sachs emphasizes the need for new methods of international governance and cooperation to prevent conflicts and to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives aligned with sustainable development.


Copies of The Ages of Globalization are available for purchase at checkout (for delivery to domestic U.S. addresses only)

This online-only program is free, though we invite you to make a donation during registration; please pre-register for a link to the program

Jackley photo by Shayan Hathaway.

June 24, 2020

United States

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Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Author, The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions

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In Conversation with Jessica Jackley

Chief Impact Officer, Aspiration; Co-Founder,


3–4 p.m. PT program