Tom Burgess is the Executive Director of the Progressive Policy Unit, a non-partisan political advocacy group. Formerly CEO of an international communications firm, journalist, broadcaster and lecturer; he is a long-time political activist – former full time student leader, and a founding member of the Social Democratic Party, editor of a political newspaper and has twice stood for public office.
The businesses he founded operated in 80 countries for clients such as Acer, Amstrad, British Telecom, Novell, Sage and Regus as well as for the Republic of Ireland and the State of California. He has been recognised for his “vision and initiative to create, develop and sustain successful business ventures” when he was awarded Highly Commended as one of six finalists in the 2002 Entrepreneurial Director of the Year sponsored by the Institute of Directors. He founded Savemoneynow, an independent online price comparison service for household bills, named Website of the Week by The Times newspaper.
Tom is the son of the economist, Dr Ronald Burgess who was Director of the Economic Study Association and author of the book Public Revenue without Taxation. Tom holds a BA Honours in Public Administration and is a member of the Royal Economic Society and the Commonwealth Club of California. He has three grown up children living in London and Sydney, who all work in media and marketing.
Tom is the author of From Here to Prosperity. Find out more by clicking on the cover image below.
Endorsements for From Here to Prosperity
“Governments across the world are grappling with the increasingly toxic issue of social and economic inequalities. This book by Tom Burgess contributes some bold and imaginative ideas to the ongoing debate with a view to coming up with a package of practical solutions designed to bring about a reduction in financial hardship currently experienced by so many people worldwide.”
Professor David Wilson, Emeritus Professor and Pro-Chancellor, De Montfort University
“A sound, common sense approach to engaging business for the greater good where we all can profit. It is not enough for business to have a social conscience. It is the performance that counts. Tom Burgess offers a practical agenda to engage the philosophy of a corporate social conscience through initiatives such as tax reform, profit allocation and self-financing infrastructure investment. A defining statement which should be read by all entrepreneurs who seek a clear alternative perspective to progress their business.”
David A Kerfoot MBE DL
“Long before Piketty quantified it, some thinkers realized that a chasm of inequality had been opening up over the past twenty-five years between the have-nots and the have-alls (leaving aside the increasingly squeezed middle). Burgess was one of these early thinkers, and his thesis that zero-sum economics is socially and financially destructive is the product of a generation’s-worth of hard thinking on the matter. The analysis and solutions Burgess puts forward are radical and urgently in need of implementation.”
Prof. Chris Green, Formerly Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“A century ago, civic-minded business people who understood how concentrated wealth undermines our democracy helped launch the struggle that toppled America’s original plutocracy. In Income for me/ wealth for we, Burgess reignites that civic-minded spirit.”
Sam Pizzigati, Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win
“Burgess presents a much-needed path to engage both the wealthy and everyone else. It isn’t punitive, it is inclusive. It isn’t billionaire bashing, it’s bridge building. The principle of ‘Income for me, wealth for we’ is not just practical, it is executable. This book outlines an agenda to build balance again with greater opportunity, a healthy middle class and a productive environment for the continued creation of wealth for the benefit of all, not just the few.”
Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good