USV's Albert Wenger on the World After Capital

A blueprint for redesigning society as the world shifts from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age.

May 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:42 a.m. UTC

A blueprint for redesigning society as the world shifts from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age.

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Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures as well as a prolific thinker and writer. His “World After Capital” is an evolving digital book project that looks at a set of megatrend shifts as the world moves between economic paradigms from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age. 

In this wide-ranging conversation, he and NLW discuss: 

  • Why attention is at the center of the new Knowledge Age
  • Why markets can’t price crucial needs such as pandemic preparedness
  • Why the new era will be defined by three categories of freedoms: economic freedom, information freedom and psychological freedom
  • Why universal basic income has an important role to play in economic freedom
  • How UBI could avoid political capture 
  • Why technology is inherently deflationary 
  • Why real estate, education and health care should be much cheaper than they are
  • Why community currencies could be a key innovation from the current crisis 

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