BREAKDOWN: 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.

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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