As we saw recently, Ken Rogoff is interested in engaging on the “innovation v. stagnation” hypotheses for the continuing global economic malaise. Rogoff comes down on the financial crisis as the root of the issue (see here), but the jury is still out. Here is an Oxford Union Debate where Rogoff discusses these matters with the likes of technology legend Peter Thiel (the Thiel Fellowship guy) and chess great Garry Kasparov.
Listen / watch in if you have a few minutes. Here’s some more background on the debate and the principals. That’s a lot of brainpower in that room. The first ten minutes or so are predominantly pleasantries.