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The Monthly Barometer community’s exclusive Club that gives you privileged and direct access to a unique network of individuals and experiences.

Join a trusted circle that helps you make sense of what’s going on and what to do in today’s complex world.

Summit of Minds*
guaranteed invitation and 30% discount for all or any of the Summits
Ideas Dinners**
free participation at a location of your choice
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guaranteed invitation and 10% discount for all or any of the thematic trips on offer
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*Summit of Minds 2020 calendar
Armenia – AI & Geopolitics

(7-9 June, Dilijan and Yerevan)
Morocco – Wellbeing
(end-June, Fez)
Chamonix – Flagship Annual Event
(11-13 September, Chamonix)
United Kingdom – Climate Change
(October – Snowdonia National Park, tbc)
Canada – Families & Private Investors
(November – exact date & location tbc)

**Ideas Dinners 2019-2020 Calendar
20 members of the community meet over dinner to share and generate ideas.
Singapore – 15 October 2019
Montreal – 13 November 2019
New York – 20 November 2020
Paris – February 2020 (date tbc)
London – March 2020 (date tbc)
Geneva – April 2020 (date tbc)
Chamonix – May 2020 (date tbc)
Others to be added on demand

***Unique Travel Experience 2020
An exceptional formula combining great insights, great people, and the great outdoors.
Biodiversity & Conservation:
Kenya Safari (22 July – 1 August)
Eurasian Geopolitics:
Armenia hiking & cultural discovery (1-6 June)
Climate Emergency:
Chamonix ski-touring (17-21 April) & hiking (23-27 May)


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IDEAS DINNERS

“If I give you a dollar and you give me a dollar, each of us will only have one dollar. But if you give me one idea and I give you another idea, we will both have two ideas” – (source unknown).

Too often, we have a tendency to favor those well-established ideas that are deeply interwoven with and influenced by our personal and professional lives. In consequence we rarely think “out of the box” in a way that yields new ideas that can create a “Eureka” moment and compel us to question some of our beliefs, values and assumptions.

This is regrettable because novel ideas are just those that may open the gate for new ways of looking at familiar things, thus leading to a new project, a new investment, or a new endeavor. Our Ideas’ dinners are an effective shortcut and catalyst to come up with such news ideas (we don’t have to read lengthy treaties, books, or articles – we just listen to what everybody around the table has to suggest).

HOW DO THE IDEAS’ DINNERS WORK?

They are organized throughout the year in various locations (London, Geneva, Paris, NYC, Chamonix, Washington DC, Singapore, etc.) and on each occasion gather 20 participants max (not exclusively Summit of Minds participants, but all subscribers of the Monthly Barometer). The choice of guests is essential: they must come from varied backgrounds and have different perspectives to avoid the trap of group think and lame ideas. Diversity is therefore key!

To succeed, the dinner requires a bit of preparation on the part of everybody but it’s a great challenge to embrace. Guests normally get excited and interested. If it works well (as it normally does), everybody leaves enriched by 19 new ideas! The Monthly Barometer team then compiles a curated précis of the ideas arising from each dinner.

WHAT SORT OF IDEAS?

There is no limitation in terms of what sort of ideas should be submitted to the group. Of course, coming up with a new idea that nobody in the group knows about is virtually impossible – we all know, as Mark Twain once said when discussing the combinatorial nature of creativity, that “all good ideas are second-hand”!

Premium and institutional subscribers have access to the curated précis of ideas, emanating from dinners in all locations. Those interested in any particular idea have the chance, after an initial conversation with us, to connect with the person who formulated the idea with a view to moving it forward.

A curated précis of ideas from the most recent dinners is available to members below.

Our Weekly Selections

Weekly Selection
18 October 2019

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Weekly Selection
11 October 2019

Lucrezia Reichlin, Adair Turner, Michael Woodford, Helicopter money as a policy option This article sums up a policy debate on helicopter money that took place six years ago among three of the world’s leading monetary economists. It is a bit technical but a must-read as central banks will soon run out of conventional policy options. It elaborates on one tool that has yet to be taken out of storage: ‘helicopter money’, i.e. the overt monetary financing of government deficits (reads in about 8-10 min).
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Weekly Selection
04 October 2019

Lucrezia Reichlin, Adair Turner, Michael Woodford, Helicopter money as a policy option This article sums up a policy debate on helicopter money that took place six years ago among three of the world’s leading monetary economists. It is a bit technical but a must-read as central banks will soon run out of conventional policy options. It elaborates on one tool that has yet to be taken out of storage: ‘helicopter money’, i.e. the overt monetary financing of government deficits (reads in about 8-10 min).
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Weekly Selection
27 September 2019

Arvind Subramanian and Dani Rodrik, The Puzzling Lure of Financial Globalization The two renowned economists observe that, although most of the intellectual consensus behind neoliberalism has collapsed, the idea that emerging markets should throw their borders open to foreign financial flows is still taken for granted in policymaking circles. They argue that until that changes, the developing world will suffer from unnecessary volatility, periodic crises, and lost dynamism (reads in 5-6 min).
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Weekly Selection
20 September 2019

Satyajit Das, Can Banks Survive Negative Rates? The former banker turned author explains why the spread of unconventional monetary policies threatens to set off dangerous and unpredictable feedback loops in credit markets and the real economy, where the second and third-order effects are difficult to anticipate or control. The argument is a bit technical, but offered in palatable terms. In short: Instead of stimulating the economy, negative rates increase uncertainty about the future; therefore households, worried about saving for retirement and other goals, spend less (reads in about 5 min).
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Weekly Selection
13 September 2019

Ann Saphir, Trade uncertainty to trim $850 billion global output: Fed paper Some robust academic research (it comes from the Fed) has attempted for the first time to quantify the economic impact of the uncertainty generated by the trade war. The result: USD850 billion in lost global output through early next year – roughly 1% of global GDP (reads in 3-4 min).
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