Living longer and living differently

Thursday 8 September 2016

The Intergenerational Commission’s book launch for The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

9.15-10.45am, Church House, Westminster

Rising life expectancy across Britain is an achievement to be celebrated. But ensuring our country is fit for the changes in how we live, not just for how long, is a challenging task that government, firms and families all struggle to grapple with. To date the focus has been mainly on ageing and end of life issues but longevity has implications for all of life and will lead to deep seated social change.

What do Britain’s demographic shifts mean for the social contract between the generations? How might our firms and working patterns adjust to longer working lives? What does the state do to manage the public finances when people pay in and draw down in different ways? Can public service provision – from primary schools to care homes – keep up with our changing needs? What are the biggest future threats that we need to plan for today?

At a Resolution Foundation-hosted event for its Intergenerational Commission, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott will discuss their new book The 100-Year Life, longlisted for the FT’s business book of the year. The Foundation will present new analysis of the inter-generational challenges raised by the UK’s demographic shifts and George Freeman MP, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, will discuss what they mean for public policy.


David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Chair of the Intergenerational Commission


Lynda Gratton, Professor at London Business School & Andrew Scott, Professor at London Business School and Fellow, All Souls, Oxford and authors of The 100-Year Life 

George Freeman MP, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board

David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst at the Resolution Foundation

Bishop Partridge Room

Church House

London, SW1P 3NZ

Doors open at 9am when drinks will be served.