The OECD’s ‘Silver Economy’ Conference


Patrick Shine, our Lead Partner, was last week invited to speak at an OECD conference in Tokyo as a guest of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The conference explored the opportunities and challenges for a ‘Silver Economy’ in response to the global trend towards ageing populations. This included technological development, city and community led strategies, and the implications of the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s.

Addressing an audience of officials and policy-makers, Patrick discussed the contribution that can be made through community-centred innovation, focussing on the way such solutions can be scaled or replicated to maximise impact. His presentation included a discussion of our work on life transitions and the development of a 'national retirement service' pilot. The conference was part of a week-long programme, which also included a range of project visits focussing on positive ageing and intergenerational contact.

Patrick told us: “It was fascinating to see the OECD looking to address ‘big challenges’ especially their focus on collecting ‘big data’ to build political consensus.”


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