November 25: Too small to fail book launch


The Harvard Club of the Netherlands and Industrieele Groote Club are proud to invite you to the launch of “Too Small To Fail”, a compelling new book by author James Breiding that explains how small, outperforming countries have ‘arrived at the future first’, and are being forced to grapple as ‘laboratories of the future’ with problems impacting us all like climate change, immigration, artificial intelligence, ageing populations, and slowing growth.

Why is it that small countries are outperforming larger ones? And what lessons can be learned? James Breiding, fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Development, will discuss this and the importance of the newly launched S8 Initiative, which seeks to bring together the most innovative small countries of the world in an annual Forum as an alternative to the current, underperforming, G20.

The Netherlands, noted for its agricultural innovation, education policy, social cohesion, and world-class pension system, is part of the S8 and represented by prominent Dutch politicians, thinkers and entrepreneurs, including Feike Sijbesma (Chair), Paul Polman, Tom de Swaan, Wiebe Draijer, Louise Fresco, Kim Putters, Alexander Rinnooy Kan and Rianne Letschert.

Want to hear why these Dutch leaders have confirmed their commitment to the S8 and will be representing the Netherlands at the first S8 Forum in 2020? During the book launch, a number of Dutch delegation members will join James Breiding as part of a broader panel moderated by Laura Birkman, Chair of the Harvard Club of the Netherlands, to explain why the S8 initiative is a game changer for a smarter and more sustainable global economy.

Sign-up: Eventbrite
Where:Industrieele Groote Club, Dam 27, 1012 JS Amsterdam
When: 25 November 2019
Time: 16.00 – 19.30 hours (book presentation, panel discussion, networking and drinks)
Costs: 30 euros HCNL members; 35 euros non-members
Costs incl. advanced copy of ‘Too Small To Fail’: 50 euros HCNL members; 55 euros non-members