about us

Aventine is a non-profit research institute that commissions and shares work that sheds light on how rapid technological advancements and disruptive change will affect the ways we live, work and experience life in the decades to come.

The Approach

In the current information ecosystem – propelled by immediacy, distortion and speculation – our collective ability to think clearly about the long-term consequences of present-day actions has been impaired. For this reason, our work will be defined as much by process as by subject matter according to the following guidelines:

We will approach issues with curiosity and an open mind, pursuing topics we believe are not sufficiently understood.

We will embrace complexity. At a time when information is being delivered in ever-smaller and simplified parcels, we will explore questions with depth and detail.

We will seek to connect the abstract to the concrete in order to illuminate connections between large-scale shifts in policy or technology and individual behaviors and vice-versa.

We will work with respected voices and authorities in the areas we study, supporting and collaborating with journalists, academics and practitioners.

Support

Aventine is supported by Select Equity Group, L.P. an asset management firm founded in 1990 committed to rigorous, independent and fact-driven research.

the name

Aventine is named after the outermost of the seven hills of Rome, where the view of what lies outside the immediate city is most unobstructed. In the spirit of looking beyond what is immediately in front of us, Aventine will tackle subjects and questions that we believe have critical bearing on the future, but which are not well understood.

Staff and Contributors

DANIELLE MATTOON is the Executive Director of Aventine. She comes to Aventine after fifteen years working at The New York Times, where she was most recently Culture Editor. Prior to The New York Times, she worked at National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Talk magazine.

DAVID WALLACE-WELLS is the author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, a best-selling book based on a story he wrote in 2017, which was the most widely read in the history of New York Magazine. He writes about climate and other issues for New York.

CHRISTIANA FIGUERES is the former Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and played a vital role in the negotiations that led to the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015. She is also the co-author of The Future We Choose; Surviving the Climate Crisis and the co-host of the Outrage + Optimism podcast.

STEVEN GREENHOUSE was a reporter for The New York Times from 1983 to 2014 and covered labor and the workplace for nineteen years there. He is the author of two books: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor and The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.

DAVID AUTOR is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and co-chair of its Work of the Future task force. He has written extensively about the dynamics of the labor market. Three papers, in particular, bear upon his conversation here: The Nature of Work after the Covid Crisis: Too Few Low-Wage Jobs; Work of the Past, Work of the Future, in which he studied the bifurcation of high- and low-skilled jobs in cities; and The China Shock: Learning from Labor Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade.

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