Social Impact Leadership Series:Living Longer+Smaller Families=Older World: The Mother of All Trends

6:30–8:00 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Culture Plaza 20th Floor
59A Zhongguancun Street
Haidian District, Beijing, 100872


On September 26, 2018, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago hosted a “Social Impact Leadership Series – Beijing Station” event at the UChicago Center in Beijing. Ted Fishman, a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium, talked with an enthusiastic audience on “Living Longer + Smaller Families = Older World: the Mother of All Trends”.

In this informative talk, Ted Fishman shared his insights on why the world is changing as his title depicts. With diseases being under much more control than before, public health keeping majority of the people well and healthy, the entire world population is living much longer. On the other hand, a country like China repeats the pattern of a few other countries in which lower birth rates make most of the families smaller and smaller, even though people are encouraged by policies to have more children. Consequently, the aging of the world’s population changes every important relationship we have. The fate of ourselves, of our families and communities, of the nations and the world depends on how we navigate these unprecedented shifts. In the end, Ted’s talk was an open-ended one; he threw the question of what the solution could be to this reality to the audience. Quite a few good questions continued the discussion and exchange of ideas between the speaker and people attending.

Ted C. Fishman is the bestselling author of China, Inc. and Shock of Gray. His work can be found in many of the world’s most prestigious publications, including the New York Times, National Geographic, USA Today, and Harper’s Magazine. His books are widely translated, in more than 45 foreign editions.

This is the second time the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation held their “Social Impact Leadership Series” event at the Beijing Center. Back in March, the first event featured James Chen, AB ’82, Hong Kong – based venture philanthropist and founder of “Clearly” campaign, who gave a talk on “Setting My sight”. (More details are here)


About the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth’s social impact hub, we build on the school’s grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research. Through programs and events in social innovation and social enterprise, we equip our community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.