Will Hutton is chief executive of The Work Foundation, an independent, not for dividend research based consultancy which is the most influential voice on work, workplace and employment issues in Britain. Will began his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, before working in BBC TV and radio as a producer and reporter. Prior to joining The Work Foundation, Will spent four years as editor in chief of the Observer and he continues to write a weekly column for the paper. Will has written several best-selling economic books including The World We’re In, May 2002 (launched in the US as A Declaration of Interdependence, May 2003 in Italy as Europa v. USA in December 2003, and in Russia this May), The State We’re In, The State to Come, The Stakeholding Society and On The Edge with Anthony Giddens. In addition, he won the Political Journalist of the Year award in 1993. Recently Will was invited by the EU Commission to join a High-level Group on the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy and he acted as rapporteur for the report. Will is an extremely provocative speaker, ranging across the spectrum of business, financial and economic issues.