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Thought Economics
Thought Economics

Thought Economics

Conversations with the Remarkable People Shaping Our Century

By Vikas Shah, Foreword by Lemn Sissay


288 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9781789292459

Rights: US & CA

Michael O'Mara Books (Feb 2021)
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Since 2007, entrepreneur and philanthropist Vikas Shah MBE has been on a mission to interview the people shaping our century. Including conversations with world leaders, Nobel prizewinners, business leaders, artists and Olympians, he quizzes the minds that matter on the big questions that concern us all. We often talk of war and conflict, the economy, culture, technology and revolutions as if they are something other than us. But all these things are a product of us – people like you, who have ideas that matter. We live in fast-moving and extraordinary times, and the changes we're experiencing now, in these first decades of the twenty-first century, feel particularly poignant as decisions are made that will inform our existence for decades to come. Vikas Shah is not a journalist. But he is curious and persistent – two things that have driven his business success, but have also been instrumental in getting him access to some of the most extraordinary people on the planet. In Thought Economics, Vikas presents some of his most emotive and insightful interviews to date. Interviewees include: Marina Abramovic, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor Justin Barrett, Professor Sean Carroll, Professor Deepak Chopra, Professor George Church, Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, Sir Antony Gormley, Bear Grylls OBE, Professor Yuval Noah Harari, Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, Rose McGowan, Sam Neill, Professor Steven Pinker, Dr Jordan B. Peterson, Sir Ken Robinson, Professor Carlo Rovelli, Sadhguru, Dr Carl Safina, Dr Elif Shafak, Philippe Starck, Professor Jack Szostak, Dr Maya Angelou (1928-2014), David Bailey CBE, Black Thought, Heston Blumenthal OBE, Ed Catmull, Alain Ducasse, Tracey Emin CBE, George the Poet, Paul Greengrass , Siddharth Roy Kapur, Lang Lang, Ken Loach, Yann Martel, Moby, Sir Andrew Motion, Rankin, Ritesh Sidhwani, Lemn Sissay MBE,.Saul Williams, Hans Zimmer, Carlo Anceltti OSI, Mark Cuban, Professor Stew Friedman, Professor Green, Commander Chris Hadfield,  Gary Hamel, Tony Hsieh, Arianna Huffington, Professor John Kotter, General Stanley McChrystal, General Richard Myers, Jacqueline Novogratz, Robert Bernard Reich, Nico Rosberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Stephen Schwarzman, General Sir Richard Shirreff, Hamdi Ulukaya, Jocko Willink, Sophia Amoruso, Steve Ballmer, Sir Richard Branson, Tory Burch, Stewart Butterfield, Steve Case, Dennis Crowley, Weili Dai, Sir James Dyson, Jamal Edwards MBE, Tony O. Elumelu, Scott Farquhar, Naveen Jain, Donna Karan, Kevin O'Leary , Robin Li, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, José Neves , Michael Otto, John Sculley, Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Welch (1935-2020),, Chip Wilson, Jerry Yang , Professor Muhammad Yunus, David Baddiel, Laura Bates, Lord John Bird MBE, Sir Philip Craven MBE, Dexter Dias QC , Melinda Ann Gates, Leymah Gbowee, Matt Haig, Afua Hirsch, Ruth Hunt, Jameela Jamil, L. A. Kauffman, Frederik Willem (F.W.) de Klerk, Iby Knill, Harry Leslie Smith (1923-2018), George Takei , Peter Tatchell, Ai WeiWei, Bertie Ahern, President Martti Ahtisaari, Professor Alexander Betts, Marina Cantacuzino, François Crépeau, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Ben Ferencz, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Gulwali Passarlay, Professor George Rupp, Lech Walesa, Jody Williams, Catherine Woolard, Alastair Campbell, Noam Chomsky, Vicente Fox, Professor A. C. Grayling, Toomas Hendrik Ilve, Susan Herman, Garry Kasparov, Michael Lewis, Ted Lieu, Moisés Naím, Admiral James Stavridis, Ece Temelkuran, Yanis Varoufakik, Guy Verhofstadt, Lord Woolf, Bassem Youssef


"From entrepreneurs to athletes, and world leaders to entertainers, this is a fascinating collection of interviews with some of the world's most influential individuals." —Mark Cuban  

"Stimulating, intelligent and enjoyable discussions of the most important issues of our day." —Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of Enlightenment Now  

"The remarkable thing about Thought Economics is that it isn't just thought-provoking, but genuinely thought-generating. It is a watershed in our understanding, and our understanding of understanding. Vikas Shah hasn't just moved the needle, he's fashioned an excitingly new one." —Dexter Dias QC, human rights lawyer and author of The Ten Types of Human  

"If you value those who think differently, read Thought Economics. Challenging traditional thought structure is what it's all about. I'm so glad this book exists. —Rose McGowan

"This book is an incredible collection of conversations with remarkable people. It's a joy to dip in and out of these learnings and insights." —Sophia Amoruso, bestselling author and founder of Girlboss and Nasty Gal  

"An incredible collection of interviews with the people that have shaped our world." —Heston Blumenthal

Author Biography

Vikas Shah MBE is Managing Director of Swiscot Group, a Manchester based textiles and commodities trading firm, with operations worldwide. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship (The Lisbon MBA with MIT Sloan) and an honorary professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School. He has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost twenty years, and is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs and organizations globally. He is President of the North West region chapter of TiE (the world's largest entrepreneurs network), a respected speaker on entrepreneurship, business and social issues, and a regular columnist for British Airways Business Life magazine. He is an advisor to many civic and community groups, advises the government as part of the IDAB and is a trustee of charities Mustard Tree and In Place of War, Executive Patron of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, and a member of the University of Manchester General Assembly. Interviewees:  Marina Abramovic is a Serbian-American conceptual and performance artist, known for her work pushing the limits of the body.  Professor Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist, bestselling author and broadcaster, and a University of Surrey Distinguished Chair, where he has also held a personal chair in physics since 2005 alongside a university chair in the Public Engagement in Science.  Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah is a British-Ghanaian author, cultural theorist and Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU.  Professor Justin Barrett is an American experimental psychologist and Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development.  Professor Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist and a research professor at the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics.  Professor Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American bestselling author and alternative medicine advocate. Founder of the Chopra Foundation, he is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and the bestselling author of over ninety books, translated into forty-three languages.  Professor George Church is an American geneticist, molecular engineer, and chemist, widely known for his contributions in the sequencing of genomes. He has co-founded several companies and is a founding member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE is an English scientist and conservationist, considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.  Sir Antony Gormley is a renowned British sculptor and artist, creator of the 'Angel of the North', 'Another Place', 'Field for the British Isles' (winner of the Turner Prize in 1994), 'Quantum Cloud' and many others.  Bear Grylls OBE is a British former SAS serviceman, now a survival instructor, Chief Scout, bestselling author and television presenter.  Professor Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and philosopher, and the author of international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.  Sir Anish Kapoor CBE is a British-Indian sculptor and member of the Royal Academy, who specializes in installation art and conceptual art.  Rose McGowan is an American actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author. She was named one of Time magazine's people of the year in 2017.  Sam Neill is an actor, writer, director and producer, best-known for his starring role in Jurassic Park, and more recently in the hit TV show Peaky Blinders. He is also owns his own winery near his home in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Professor Steven Pinker is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, linguist and internationally bestselling author of books including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and, most recently, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.  Dr Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of T