Events

Keep up to date with the latest events and offerings from Modern Money Lab. We are based in Adelaide, South Australia, but we will be programming a wide range of online and face-to-face events and talks in Adelaide and other major Australian cities.

Upcoming Events

Economics for Sustainable Prosperity New Zealand

Economics where People and the Environment matter.

This two-day seminar includes discussion on some of the most pressing economic issues facing the world today. Topics include inequality, insecurity, climate change, state capture, the federal budget and a campaign for a fairer and more sustainable economy, drawn from modern monetary theory and ecological economics.

Course outline

Adapted from a university economics subject, the workshop is divided into units, most of which feature a 20-30 minute introduction, a 10-15 minute video and at least 20 minutes of small-group discussion.

The first day is centred around Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and includes a screening of the award winning documentary Finding The Money. Day two looks at the economy as a subsystem of the natural environment and examines human behaviour, inequality and global trade.

Facilitator

Associate Professor Steven Hail, Lecturer at Torrens University Australia and Economist at Modern Money Lab.

Special guests

Public interest, politics and economics journalist and writer Bernard Hickey and PhD researcher Morgan Edwards.

Details

Saturday 10 — Sunday 11 August at the Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand

Previous Rethinking Capitalism workshops

2021: Adelaide x 3 events
2022: Williamstown (Vic), Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane
2023: Adelaide, Melbourne, Huon Valley (Tas), Sydney, Canberra, Bennington (Vermont, USA).

Online Course Information Sessions

Join one of our next zoom Q and A sessions for prospective students. Next intake starts Monday 16 September.

These are casual sessions for anyone interested in the Economics of Sustainability courses to meet the Academic Director.

Sessions 1 and 3: Thursday 15 and Tuesday 27 August
Morning Australia 10:00am AEST
Evening US 8:00pm EDT / 5:00pm PDT (Monday 14 and Wednesday 26 August)
Very early morning UK and Europe 1:00am BST / 2:00am CEST
Check your city’s time zone here

Sessions 2 and 4: Thursday 15 and Tuesday 27 August
Evening Australia 8:00pm AEDT
Early morning US 6:00am EDT / 3:00am PDT
Late morning / midday Europe and UK 11:00am BST / 12:00pm CEST
Check your city’s time zone here

Please email info@modernmoneylab.org.au for the zoom link.

Recent online talks

Economics of Sustainability January 2024 Lecture Series

Hear recordings of all six lectures here.

  • Professor Stephanie Kelton – Finding the Money 
  • Professor Joshua Farley – Ecological Economics: the next 30 years
  • Professor L Randall Wray – The History of Money
  • Dr Dirk Ehnts – Where is the Eurozone headed? Money, Institutions and Macroeconomics
  • Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf  The Path to a Sustainable Civilisation
  • Professor Fadhel Kaboub  Decolonise to Decarbonise

The importance of “Finding The Money”

Finding The Money should be the most important documentary of our generation. What are the principles the movie covers? What do economists get wrong? Why does it matter?

Talk by Associate Professor Steven Hail, May 2024

 

Sustainable Prosperity: What does it look like and how are we going?

 

Between 2000 and 2023, the Australian economy nearly doubled in size. But have we have made any real progress towards sustainable prosperity? What does the data tell us, and what would sustainable prosperity look like? We use a simplified statistical approach to address these questions.

Systems Thinking for Sustainability

Watch a recording of this online talk with Dr Vishnu Prahalad from the University of Tasmania. Vishnu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. He has been teaching subjects on geography, environmental management, ecology and sustainability since 2010. Vishnu is the Course Coordinator of their flagship undergraduate degree – Bachelor of Natural Environment and Conservation. He was awarded the Tasmanian Tall Poppy Science Award for his research and community engagement on saltmarsh wetland conservation over a period of 15 years.

Photo Credit: Google Earth

Q and A with Warren Mosler

Warren is the original developer of Modern Monetary Theory and author of Soft Currency Economics and The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy. This is an interview recorded as part of the Torrens University Australia Masters degree in the Economics of Sustainability. Contact Warren via his website or h or via X (formerly Twitter).

Reversing the Great Transformation

This talk by Professor Asad Zaman looks at some of the problems we encounter treating conventional economics as a hard science, since the observer can’t be separated from the observed and the stories we tell ourselves about money, power, and poverty shape who we become. He advocates for a transition to a more sustainable way of living.

A Selection of Modern Money Talks

Modern Money Doughnuts podcast

Modern Money Doughnuts is a weekly podcast about Modern Monetary Theory and ecological economics.

What have doughnuts to do with modern money? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

Gabrielle Bond and Steven Hail explore the relationship between The Deficit Myth and Doughnut Economics. All episodes available here.

Steven Hail MMT and Ecological Economics lecture at the second MMT Summer School

This is an online lecture delivered by Associate Professor Steven Hail (Torrens University) to the participants of the 2nd MMT Summer School in Poznań on August 12, 2022. The annual event provides an international learning environment for those interested in deepening their knowledge of the modern money: its origins, the notion of tax-driven money, inflation, modelling MMT’s price theory, and the MMT-based policy proposals, such as Job Guarantee and Green New Deal.

University of Adelaide 2020 Harcourt Lecture given by Professor Stephanie Kelton.

 

Professor Kelton is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University, and a senior economic adviser to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. Professor Kelton was recently listed by Bloomberg as “one of the 50 people who defined 2019”. The lecture was entitled ‘The Deficit Myth’, and explored MMT, Modern Monetary Theory – a concept that proposes government deficits, that avoid inflation, can help fight a myriad of problems including inequality, poverty and unemployment, climate change, housing, and health care.

Valedictory Lecture – University of Adelaide 2021 – given by Dr Steven Hail.

In his final public lecture at the University of Adelaide, Steven Hail discussed the philosophical basis for studying economic, social and environmental issues.

He argued that we should always be rethinking the questions we ask and the approaches we use to evaluating policy options, and that economics has become trapped in a paradigm which limits its usefulness in the 21st century. We need to look beyond this paradigm if we are to meet the urgent challenges which lie ahead. 

Environmental As Anything interview with Steven Hail

Professor Steven Hail of Torrens University and the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity is the featured guest on the Environmental AS Anything podcast, 5th May 2022. He is eminently qualified to help blow away the cobwebs from our our understanding of modern monetary systems.

Listen online here

An Introduction to the MMT Debate: Why Deficits Matter (But the COVID Debt Doesn’t), with Dr. Steven Hail ESA – ACT Branch

Economics Society of Australia webinar 2020, given by Dr Steven Hail. Economic Society of Australia ACT is one of the larger branches of the Economic Society, boasting a membership of 300+ members across a variety of sectors including the public service, academe, private and NGOs.

Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy 2019 Lecture, given by Philip Lawn

A/Prof Phillip Lawn is an ecological economist who is affiliated with the Centre for Full Employment and Equity (CoFEE) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also a Research Fellow with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity & a member of the Wakefield Futures Group (South Australia).

This talk was part of an event “Dialogue for a Sustainable Economy” at the Sydney Mechanic School of Arts on December 7th 2019.

ANZ Institutional Banking, MMT for a Post-Covid World, interview with Steven Hail and Richard Yetsenga (ANZ Chief Economist).

The rise in interest in MMT – or Modern Monetary Theory – would have occurred regardless of the movement’s sharp rise in relevance on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Dr Steven Hail, Lecturer, School of Economics at The University of Adelaide.

Although he acknowledges post-pandemic monetary policy had helped highlight the intricacies of MMT, Dr Hail said the old system of thinking was under pressure anyway. Listen online here

Rosa Luxemburg Foundations 2019 Lecture on MMT, Monetary Sovereignty & Sustainable Prosperity in Africa, given by Associate professor Fadhel Kaboub.

“Countries like the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia, among others, enjoy full financial sovereignty, which gives them a wider fiscal policy space to finance domestic job creation, public infrastructure, education, public health, and social services. Most developing countries have limited financial sovereignty because of their substantial foreign debt, which limits but does not entirely prevent them from introducing a scaled down version of job creation programs that enhance quality of life and economic prosperity for their citizens.”

Modern Money Australia 2020 Interview, of Warren Mosler (founder of Modern Monetary Theory) by Con Michalakis.

A public conversation between Warren Mosler and Con Michalakis about ‘macroeconomics done right’, the lens of Modern Monetary Theory, and how this new understanding of the monetary operations of modern economies developed. Both Warren and Con have significant experience in the world of finance, Warren having founded a successful hedge fund and Con as the Chief Investment Officer of South Australia’s largest super fund.

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Keep up to date with the latest events and offerings from Modern Money Lab. We are based in Adelaide, South Australia, but we will be programming a wide range online and face-to-face events and talks in Adelaide and other major Australian cities.