Even before Covid-19 made the term ‘social distancing’ so familiar, UK government statistics reported that up to a fifth of all UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time. Loneliness is beginning to affect us all, and often in surprising ways. What is the “loneliness economy” and how should we feel about it? Why does AI risk making us feel even more lonely? What is the link between loneliness and politics – could loneliness even affect the outcome of the US election? Join Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century, and other invited experts to explore why the 21st century is the loneliest ever, and how we can learn to cope with it.
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Economist, best-selling author and broadcaster. She was named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers”. Her new book, The Lonely Century, is out now.
Professor of Gerontology and Public Health and Vice Dean (Research) in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University. She was the winner of the 2017 British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award for her significant contribution to the public understanding of ageing and for a body of research which has advanced global knowledge of loneliness, social isolation, ethnicity and health.
Minister for Civil Society since July 2019, with a responsibility for the cross-government work programme on tackling loneliness. She has previously had extensive experience in the charity sector, having founded and run the domestic abuse charity SafeLives for 13 years until 2019, worked at the charity sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and been a trustee for Comic Life.