Tim Harford The Undercover Economist


I try to keep track of my gigs below. To invite me to give a speech, please contact my agents.


PopTech talk: Preventing Financial Meltdowns


Change of date: Speaking at LSE (@lsepublicevents), 15 October 2012

Details to follow; event starts at 6.30pm. Come along!

(Was previously 2 October.)

27th of June, 2012SpeechesComments off

Speaking at Warwick Words, Thursday 4 October

This is an evening speech; details to follow. Do come along if you’re in the area.

The Warwick Words website is here.

22nd of June, 2012SpeechesComments off

TEDTalk – Trial, Error and the God Complex


RSA Event video: Why success always starts with failure

The RSA have edited highlights of my talk on Monday, introducing some of the ideas behind “Adapt”.


The Adapt Lectures

I am giving seven lectures in seven days on seven different topics from “Adapt”. Do come to any or all of them. And there are additional dates too, see below.

Monday 6th June, 6pm, Royal Society of ArtsAdapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure – FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 7th June, 6.30pm, London School of EconomicsPreventing Financial Meltdowns

Wednesday 8th June, 7pm, Royal InstitutionProtecting ideas that matter, from the Spitfire to the Knockout Mouse

Thursday 9th June, 6pm, Cass Business SchoolLeadership lessons from the War in Iraq

Oxford Friday 10th June, 5.30pm, International Growth Centre, Gulbenkian Theatre Oxford, Development: Do we know the difference between success and failure?

Cambridge Saturday 11th June, 7pm, Heffer’s Cambridge / Cambridge Student Union, Saturday 11th June, 3pm, Cambridge Union Society The Adaptive Business: Google, Whole Foods and Timpson

Sunday 12th June, Midday, Waterstone’s Gower StreetAdapting and you: how to make good mistakes in everyday life

Monday 14th 13th June, 1pm Overseas Development Institute, Development by Trial and Error

Monday 14th 13th June, 6pm Institute for GovernmentGovernment by Trial and Error with Professor John van Reenen and Dr David Halpern

Tuesday 15th 14th June, 1pm NESTA, Problem solving in a complex world FULLY BOOKED

There will be other events further from London, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival (August) and the Ilkley Literature Festival (October). And you can see my talk at TEDxWarwick, too.

UPDATE: Dates now corrected. Success begins with failure and all that. Sorry… T.H.



2nd of June, 2011SpeechesComments off

The Adapt US and Canada tour

I’m shortly departing for the US and Canada. Here are the public talks I’m giving that have been scheduled so far. If I’m coming to a venue near you, please come and say hello – we’ll have fun.

Washington DC

Thursday 19 May, 6pm Prosperity Caucus 214 Mass Ave NE

Saturday 21 May, 6pm Politics and Prose 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW Continue →


The Adapt Lectures – UK tour, first leg

Please forgive the grandiosity. From my publisher’s press release:

For the week of 6th June 2011, Tim Harford will be embarking on a series of ambitious events tying in with the publication of his new book – Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. The ‘Adapt Lectures’ will be episodic talks – each on a different day of that week and all at different venues. Seven talks in seven days, with each talk focusing on a different expert area from the book. These are stand-alone talks that make up a whole. Attendees may attend all or as many events as they wish.
From ‘leadership lessons in the War in Iraq’ at Cass Business School to ‘preventing financial meltdowns’ at the London School of Economics, Harford will be drawing on a range of expert knowledge to bring to you the principles you need in business and in life.

It’s going to be lots of fun. Please come to any or all of the events. In my experience events at LSE and the RSA are totally packed out but do your best, and it should be easier to get into some of the other events.

Monday 6th June, 6pm, Royal Society of Arts, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure – FULLY BOOKED Continue →


Management Lessons from the War in Iraq

My talk at TEDx Warwick is now online – a sneak preview of Chapter Two of Adapt.


7 June 2011, Speech at LSE

On Tuesday 7 June 2011 at 6.30pm, I’ll be giving a talk on “Preventing Financial Meltdowns”, one of a series of seven “Adapt Lectures”. Please come.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

In this lecture, Tim Harford, the author, radio presenter and newspaper columnist looks at the lessons we can learn from the financial crisis and how the collapse of Lehman Brothers has close parallels in disasters such as Three Mile Island and Deepwater Horizon. This lecture marks the launch of Tim Harford’s new book Adapt: How Success Always Starts With Failure.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Full details from the LSE website here.

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