Renegade Economist Interview

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I was inter­viewed by the Rene­gade Econ­o­mist when I was in Eng­land recent­ly.

I can’t bet­ter the Rene­gade Econ­o­mist’s own expla­na­tion of their role and mem­ber­ship:

A Rene­gade Econ­o­mist is an indi­vid­ual who — through their actions — pos­i­tive­ly dis­rupts how we live, inter­act and do busi­ness.

Impos­si­ble to iden­ti­fy by demo­graph­ics, gen­der or back­ground the Rene­gade Econ­o­mist can­not be pigeon­holed by social sta­tus or mate­r­i­al trap­pings. These are peo­ple in every indus­try who have an over­rid­ing desire: to elim­i­nate the glar­ing dis­con­nect between who they are and what they do.

The Rene­gade Econ­o­mist web­site is a meet­ing ground to share com­mon expe­ri­ences, stim­u­late debate, tell authen­tic sto­ries and embark on new think­ing about the future of busi­ness.

A Rene­gade Econ­o­mist could be set­ting up a tech com­pa­ny in Chica­go, look­ing after her fam­i­ly in sub Saha­ran Africa or run­ning an excel­lent busi­ness in India. They have the same mind­set, the same human val­ues, the same desire to bet­ter their lot just dif­fer­ent coun­tries, lifestyles and resources.

By test­ing con­ven­tion­al wis­dom these urgent mod­i­fiers actions are based on social jus­tice, con­ser­va­tion of the plan­et and the equal dis­tri­b­u­tion of oppor­tu­ni­ty. They don’t wait for the ‘per­fect time’ they are here and it is now.

Those who des­per­ate­ly try to pre­serve the sta­tus quo — serve only to high­light how the future is in the hands of those peo­ple who have evolved with tech­nol­o­gy. These dig­i­tal natives have inad­ver­tent­ly cre­at­ed a qui­et social rev­o­lu­tion that hap­pens once every thou­sand years — now they’re in pow­er.

Liv­ing in the age of con­se­quence — where mod­ern finance rep­re­sents the tri­umph of tech­ni­cal pro­fi­cien­cy over social respon­si­bil­i­ty – groups of tal­ent­ed peo­ple, busi­ness starters, writ­ers and lead­ers are mobilised to put an end to prac­tices they do not believe in. We sup­port that aim.

The Rene­gade Econ­o­mist is a do-it-your-self­er who nur­tures the glob­al micro brand. They under­stand that prof­it is not a goal in itself just a by-prod­uct of effec­tive busi­ness. They also know that there isn’t one secret, one process, one solu­tion there are a thousand’s — maybe mil­lions.

Time is the entrepreneur’s most pre­cious resource so we curate the best knowl­edge and thinkers so peo­ple can make informed deci­sions. This means they can then acquire the cor­rect tools, tech­niques, mod­els and mind-sets they need to respond to the inevitable oppor­tu­ni­ties that change brings.

Sus­pi­cious of out­mod­ed jour­nal­ism and unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions the Rene­gade Econ­o­mist is a sur­vive and thrive guide encour­ag­ing indi­vid­u­als (often blessed with sprez­zatu­ra) to remain at ease with the inevitable uneasi­ness that goes hand in hand when trav­el­ling the nar­row road of 21st cen­tu­ry entre­pre­neur­ship.

Busi­ness is exhil­a­rat­ing and the Rene­gade Econ­o­mist hub gives a nar­ra­tive for these ‘wild spir­its’ to come togeth­er and hunt out oppor­tu­ni­ties.

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About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.