Jo Swinson appointed as Director of PN4E

Partners for a New Economy (P4NE) have announced that they have appointed Jo Swinson as their new Director.

P4NE is a philanthropic donor organisation that makes grants to projects that support new economic thinking. As they say:

At P4NE, we fund innovative projects and build communities that bring new thinking and approaches to traditional economics. These “change catalysts” play a pivotal role in helping to repurpose our economic system, and together they’re helping to build a movement for an economic system that’s fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.

Jo says:

I’m excited to join Partners for a New Economy at this pivotal time. After this pandemic we have a chance to rebuild better, and it is vital we do so by transforming our broken economic system. There is a flourishing network of organisations already focused on different parts of this challenge, and I look forward to working alongside them and growing the wider movement to create the change we need for both people and planet to thrive.”


Jo has also been appointed as a visiting professor at Cranfield School of Management.


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  • Geoffrey Payne 9th Jul '20 - 2:37pm

    Congratulations, a very interesting looking job. From a Lib Dem point of view I reckon we could benefit from having more expertise on sustainable economics.

  • Peter Martin 9th Jul '20 - 3:29pm

    “……that bring new thinking and approaches to traditional economics”

    The inclusion of ‘traditional’ is a bit worrying. ‘Traditional’ has led us into the mess we had even before the Covid19 virus struck. So PN4E is really Partnership for a New (but traditional) Economy??

    Why not just leave out the word?

  • @Peter, that’s not how I read it. I read it as working on ways to move away from ‘traditional economics’ and those ways of thinking, but not presumably not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The text also includes the words ‘repurpose’ and ‘change catalysts’ and the idea of building systems suitable for the 21st century, which all sound like the phrase ‘traditional economics’ was introduced as something to contrast against.

    Good luck to Jo. It all sounds very worthwhile, but as ever with these things, the proof will be in the pudding, and no matter how brilliant the suggestions may be, convincing other people to get involved will inevitably be a bigger challenge.

  • John Marriott 9th Jul '20 - 6:21pm

    I don’t know about bringing “new thinking and approaches to traditional economics”. Surely Rishi Sunak is there already.

  • Sue Sutherland 9th Jul '20 - 6:48pm

    Congratulations Jo!

  • robert packham 9th Jul '20 - 7:31pm

    Congratulation,good luck and best wishes Jo

  • John
    Keynesian is now rather traditional.

  • John Marriott 10th Jul '20 - 8:55am

    I guess it’s a case of “When the facts change, I change my opinions”, hey?

    By the way, well done Ms Swinson. Make sure, however, that you leave some time for your husband and young family.

  • Seems to be a very secretive organisation? Almost impossible to find any company or financial information on it either in the UK, Switzerland, or Denmark. Certainly not an ‘open’ organisation.

  • marcstevens 11th Jul '20 - 4:44pm

    Sounds like another vague pointless type quango, I wonder if FOI applies?

  • richard underhill 12th Jul '20 - 7:48am

    This seems to assume that we actually want more economists, when we actually want political reform, including electoral reform.

  • @marcstevens. No, it’s not a quango, and no, FOI wouldn’t apply, because both of those apply to public bodies. A quango has always implied a body that a government holds some influence by appointing its friends in that body which presents itself as independent. The FOI act is about providing public access to information held by public authorities.
    In case you didn’t read the article, “P4NE is a philanthropic donor organisation…”. This means it’s a privately funded initiative from rich people who fancy giving money to this cause of research.
    So you’ll have to attack it for being in cahoots with rich powerful secret liberal elite like George Soros who aren’t costing the taxpayer but are plotting the downfall of the taxpayer, in some way.

  • Phillip Symes 11th Feb '21 - 4:32pm

    Are there any philanthropists in this organisation prepared to assist us leaseholders at The Decks in Runcorn.
    The failure of Robert Jenrick to help us avoid bankruptcy or extreme debts.
    You would certainly get maximum publicity for your cause(s)
    Thank you
    Phil Symes

  • Daniel Walker 12th Feb '21 - 9:17am

    @Phillip Symes “prepared to assist us leaseholders at The Decks in Runcorn.

    You’re commenting on an article from last summer, Phillip, but the Lib Dems issued a press release opposing Robert Jenrick’s plan on the 10th Feb.

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