Jericho Conversations

Life After The Virus: Jericho Conversations

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Four Invitations

We have enjoyed a wonderful response to invitations for the first in our Jericho virtual conversations series – Pandemics and an Uncharted Future – scheduled for next Wednesday 8 April at 12.30pm.

Margaret Heffernan will open proceedings with a 15-minute TED-style talk, before a conversation with an expert panel and an audience Q&A. We are delighted to welcome the FT’s Management Editor, Andrew Hill; Stifel Europe CEO, Eithne O’Leary; and Guardian columnist, Suzanne Moore, to the panel.

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We are also pleased to announce the next three Jericho Conversations, part of a wider programme that will run through to early summer. It is a cracking mix of topics, designed to help us stay sane, feed our brains and think through “what comes next?”. We are looking optimistically to the future, while understanding that what is happening today will have dramatic and profound implications for the world in which we live and work.

Huge thanks to all those who have given their time and energies to help bring this programme to life.


  • Robert Shrimsley, UK Chief Political Commentator, Financial Times


  • (Lord) Mervyn Davies for Shareholder vs Stakeholder Capitalism
  • Jane McCormick, Global Head of Tax & Legal Services, KPMG International
  • Charles Wookey, CEO, Blueprint for Better Business

What is the “new normal” for capitalism and is there any chance that we will ever return to it now?

No-one yet knows the true business and economic consequences of the current crisis – is this the fundamental re-set that many have long predicted (and sometimes lobbied for)? Will the era that emerges see the triumph of a new, compassionate capitalism – conscious of needs for climate and health – or will it witness a renewed emphasis on shareholders and investor returns, with a cadre of leaders anxious to return to old-style profitability and economic growth?

In partnership with Blueprint for Better Business.


  • Pascal Saint Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy & Administration, OECD


  • Femke Groothuis, Founder & President, The Ex’Tax Project 
  • Chris Morgan, Global Head of Global Tax Policy, KPMG International
  • Robert Palmer, Executive Director, Tax Justice UK 

Tax lies at the heart of the social contract. Without tax, there can be no hospitals, no schools, no roads, no health & social services. It is the entry fee we pay for a civilized society.

As the world emerges from the Coronavirus crisis, what changes will be required to global fiscal frameworks, as governments think about how to fund the extraordinary measures they have taken? What does this mean for those committed to a Responsible Tax future? For global harmonization? For Universal Basic Income, health and social care? For the enduring challenges of the Climate Emergency?

In partnership with KPMG International and the global Responsible Tax Project.


  • Professor Lynda Gratton, London Business School; author; CEO, Hot Spots Movement


  • Bruce Daisley, author of The Joy of Work and East Sleep Work Repeat and former VP, EMEA, Twitter
  • Geoff McDonald, Mental Health campaigner and Former Global Vice President, HR, Unilever
  • Stefan Stern, Author & Commentator

How will employers and employees come to terms with the inevitable employment re-set? How will business respond? And are we seeing the end of 20th century, office-based ways of working, that many have long predicted?

Context and poignancy is provided by a world still in the grips of Coronavirus, with now-compulsory home and remote working and a greater reliance on technology for meeting and convening. Meanwhile, “wellbeing” remains front-of-mind for many of those thinking through the future world of work, aligned to growing mental health concerns in both the workplace and beyond. What is to be done, longer-term, to make working lives happier, less stressful and more fulfilling for all?

Part of the Jericho 2020/21 Good Work programme.


As a reminder, Jericho is running this programme to do our bit to help us all navigate the current upheaval; to help people feel intellectually nourished in these difficult times; to bring people together, albeit virtually; and to help us all think through a different and optimistic future, when the current crisis eventually recedes. We appreciate your time is precious right now and really hope you will be able to participate. We all need light at the end of this tunnel of darkness.

Let’s be careful out there.

Robert Phillips
Founder, Jericho Chambers
April 5 2020

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