By Henry Leveson-Gower, Founder and CEO of Promoting Economic Pluralism

Thank you to everyone who took the time to get involved in the first round of nominating and voting for the #NotTheNobel Prize. We have been really pleased with how many people have taken the time in nominating, commenting and voting. We hope you have found the process so far fun and interesting.

I was really pleased to see some nominees that I had never come across before, which is great. I hope to follow up with them and feature them in The Mint, our magazine, in future issues.

We have now selected seven finalists. You can see their details and related information here. We decided to choose seven finalists to have a diverse field and there was a clear gap in voting numbers between the top seven and next most voted for.

I hope you find it interesting learning more about them. We have tried to summarise their achievements from the nomination and comments, and add links to further information and related articles in The Mint. You can also go back to look at the original nomination and comments.

In the 1st round, it was possible to vote for as many nominees as you liked. We have taken a different approach in the final round. You can vote for your top 3 and order them into 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Your 1st choice will get 3 points, your 2nd 2 points and so on. We hope this approach will ensure the winner is supported by a wide range of those who vote, while not requiring people to range all seven.

You can now start voting and even change your mind later! The button to go to the page to vote is on the same page here. We are using google forms as having looked at a lot of options this seemed the most straightforward while also ensuring people only vote once! You do though need a google email to login and you can find out how to get one here. You can also change your mind and edit the form up until voting closes at the end of our final event on 3rd October 7-8pm UK time. More details to come on that very soon…

Ultimately though clearly the point of this prize is not to select a winner but to create a broader discussion about different ways of understanding and organising our economies. Please do provide comments on the finalists at the bottom of their pages and join the debate on twitter and facebook, #NotTheNobel.

Thanks very much again for taking the time to give your view on the solutions we need to survive and thrive in the 21st century. I think we definitely need some positive visions in what can seem like an every more frightening and challenging world.

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Our economic system is driving us towards a perfect storm. We are facing ecological breakdown. Rising debt is threatening a new financial crash. Inequality is pulling societies apart.

WEAll member Promoting Economic Pluralism (PEP) is challenging the scientific prestige of the Nobel Prize, which for 50 years has given authority to economic ideas at the heart of this system. And even though the stark consequences of the 2008 financial crisis are still felt today, these out-dated ideas remain dominant.

We urgently need to reroute society away from this catastrophic path. That starts with fresh economic thinking.

Who are the thinkers and doers finding the economic solutions we need to meet the challenges of the 21st century? Help PEP find them and celebrate them.

And join the discussion about whether economics, as it stands today, is worthy of a Nobel Prize.

Find our more about the Nobel Prize in Economics and its influence in PEP’s blog here.


You can now get go to the new online platform here where you can nominate, discuss and vote on who you think are providing the thinking and action we need for the 21st century.

Read articles on Nobel Economics Prize winners here in PEP’s magazine, The Mint. Join the discussion on social media #NotTheNobel.

Voting for the three finalists for the Not the Nobel Prize will open on 23rd September.


The winner of the Not the Nobel Prize 2019 will be announced at an event in London on Thursday 3rd October between 7pm and 8pm (GMT/UT). This will follow a panel discussion of the finalists. It will be live-streamed around the world.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – often called the Nobel Prize in Economics – will be announced on Monday 14th October.