Michael Lewis, the bestselling author of The Big Short, Moneyball and Liar’s Poker, comes to the How To Academy stage with an explosive exposé of the chaos and mismanagement taking place in the White House under the Trump administration. Drawing on his new book The Fifth Risk, Michael, in conversation with the author and Guardian columnist Owen Jones, will reveal the combustible cocktail of wilful ignorance and corruption that is fuelling the destruction of a country’s fabric and expose Trump’s attempts to privatise and profit from publicly funded assets. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the state of America today. Praise for Michael Lewis “It’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like” Malcolm Gladwell “Arguably one of the most successful nonfiction writers working today, with book sales topping 10 million copies” The New York Times Read more.
Join global education activist, human rights campaigner and teacher Ziauddin Yousafzai and his daughter, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala, for this one-off global launch event for the publication of Ziauddin’s extraordinary memoir Let Her Fly. In this rare live appearance, Malala and Ziauddin will explore his passionate campaigning for girls’ education, their work for the Malala fund and Ziauddin’s lifelong fight for equality – proving there are many faces of feminism. Let Her Fly is a poignant and optimistic portrait of parenthood and modern feminism, by a father determined to raise his daughter and sons in an equal world. Personal in its detail and universal in its themes, this is a landmark book from the man behind the phenomenon, and provides an essential new perspective on why we must keep fighting for the rights of girls and women everywhere. In Association with Fane Productions and Penguin. Ticket info: Seating is unallocated. The event will start at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm. Security checks will be in place and we would advise you to arrive early to allow for these. A copy of Let Her Fly is included in the ticket price. Please collect this from the venue on the night. Read more.
Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis. In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. Read more.
Ryder Carroll the founder of the global phenomenon- the pen and ink Bullet Journal® organizational system- comes to the how to: Academy. Hundreds of thousands of fans use the system which combines elements of a wishlist, a to-do list, and a diary. It makes it easy to get thoughts out of your head and on to paper, to see them clearly and decide what to do about them. Then it helps you set up daily mini-goals on the path to accomplishing your long-term goals. Users rely on a Daily Log, Weekly Log, and Monthly Log to stay focused. But this is much more than about time management. In conversation with Hannah MacInnes Ryder will explain how this is also a manifesto for what he calls “intentional living“: making sure that your beliefs and actions align. Even if you already use a Bullet Journal, this conversation will give you new exercises to become more calm and focused, new insights on how to prioritize well, and a new awareness of the power of analog tools in a digital world. Read more.
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland is on a mission to fight against the menace of climate change. This mission, now presented in her inspiring new book Climate Justice, has led her from Malawi to Mongolia. In this unmissable conversation with Lucy Siegle, the environmental campaigner and author of Turning The Tide on Plastic, Mary will tell us about her journey, how the agents of change in the battle for climate justice at grassroots level are women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Mary has met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity has already unlocked extraordinary change. Join us to understand how we can create a better future for the world. “Praise for Mary Robinson: ‘As an advocate for the hungry and the hunted, the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world” – President Barack Obama Read more.
We think we are special, but are we any more special than other animals? After all, life is a family tree four billion years old, with branches enough to contain a billion species. One tree, one origin, with a common code that underwrites all existence, including our own. This paradox – that our biology is indistinct from other animate life, yet we consider ourselves unique – is the central question of the human condition. Many of the things we once thought of as unique to us are not. We are not the only species that communicates, or makes tools, or uses fire, or has sex for non-reproductive reasons, nor are we the only species to have made art. Humanity lies in all of these things and more, but quintessentially in our teaching. We are a species defined by expertise, and the desire to spread that knowledge. Join award-winning science writer Adam Rutherford to hear the full story – informed by the latest scientific discoveries – of how we became us. Read more.
Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford, and bestselling author of The Silk Roads, in an unmissable conversation with Akala, award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, on “the present and future of the world”. Drawing on his major new book The New Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan and Akala will discuss how in an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads where since 2015 ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. And how the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads, will have profound global implications in the centre of power whose importance is all too absent from today’s newspaper headlines. All roads used to lead to Rome, but as this conversation will show, today they lead to Beijing. Read more.
World renowned astronomer Professor Chris Impey comes to the How To Academy with a Masterclass on Black Holes and how they might be the key to unlocking the secrets of the cosmos. Black holes are the most extreme objects in the universe, yet every galaxy harbours a black hole at its centre. Frighteningly close and enigmatic, these dark stars continue to astound even the scientists who spend their careers studying them. Which came first, the galaxy or its central black hole? What happens if you travel into one—instant death or something weirder? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we ever know anything for sure about black holes when they destroy information by their very nature? In this talk based on his new book Einstein’s Monsters, distinguished astronomer Chris Impey will take us on an exploration of these and other questions at the cutting edge of cosmology, as well as the history of black holes’ role in theoretical physics—from confirming Einstein’s equations for general relativity to testing string theory. He will blend this history with a poignant account of the phenomena scientists have witnessed while observing black holes: stars swarming like bees around the centre of our galaxy; black holes performing gravitational waltzes with stars; the cymbal clash of two black holes colliding, releasing ripples in space-time. Join us for a revelatory talk on how we make sense of the universe and our place within it. From the big questions to the small ones—the tiniest particles to the nature of space-time itself—understanding black holes might be the key to unlocking the secrets of the cosmos. SURPRISING FACTS About Black Holes Astronomers have only identified a few dozen, but there are thirty million black holes in our galaxy. Every second, somewhere in the universe, two black holes merge and release a burst of gravity waves. Black holes are not black; they emit feeble radiation a tiny fraction of a degree above absolute zero. The biggest black holes in the universe are tens of billions of times more massive than the Sun. The big black hole at the center of our galaxy has stars swarming around it at millions of miles per hour. Protected by a space suit, a human could survive falling into any massive black hole in the universe. Read more.
For enthusiasts at all levels from beginners onwards , this evening event will provide the clues you need to cracking cryptic crosswords. Tim Moorey will explain the Ximenes rules and take you through the basics, after which – with the help of a wine break – you will divide into pairs to solve a puzzle of your own. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, ‘The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is you know there is a solution.’ Read more.
All of us have to do it – “say a few words” – at one time or another. Most of us are terrified by the thought of it. But don’t panic. This three-hour workshop will enable you to make fear of your audience a thing of the past. Does the prospect of addressing a roomful of people leave you weak with terror? Does your mouth dry up and your stomach turn over at the invitation to speak? Can you imagine a future in which you can stand up and speak to a crowd without feeling like a fool? Make your fear a thing of the past. This practical and interactive session is for people who want to appear confident and in control even when they are feeling the exact opposite. By exploring concepts of effective communication we will work on your presence and your content to ensure that you have command of your impact and come across as engaging, memorable, authoritative – and relaxed. Testimonials: “Bravo, bravo… How to Academy’s ‘be confident speaking in public’ was brilliant. Three hours packed with ideas and effective teaching skills. A superb teacher and a must for anyone nervous about speaking in public.”- Robin. “Edie is a brilliant trainer; enthusiastic, engaging and delivered great practical advice. 3 hours very well spent. The ‘How To Academy’ is a fantastic organization and I look forward to attend many more courses!” – Paddy “Many thanks, Edie. I found the evening so helpful. It was both enlightening and encouraging to discover that all the other participants said they found public speaking daunting, when, to me, they generally sounded so confident! And seeing the strong and immediate effect on impact when your techniques were followed was fascinating – you can’t get that out of a book! I am delighted that I attended your event. Thank you so much for your help. With best regards,” – Nina “Really enjoyed it. Practical, well-taught and entertaining – and I didn’t even think I needed help! Thanks so much for having me along.” – Rowland Read more.
This talk by leading communications expert Richard Newman will help you to increase your influence and impact whenever you give a presentation, sales pitch or speech. You will discover simple changes that transform your results, as proven by international scientific research. Whether you are an experienced speaker or just getting started you will learn new insights that help you gain the reactions and respect you deserve in your most important meetings. This is a lively and practical session, filled with activities that allow you to try out different techniques so that you can confidently put everything you learn into action. Read more.
It’s time to rethink rape. Centuries of different approaches to rape have got us nowhere. Rape statistics remain intractable: one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Very few rapes find their way into court. The crucial issue is consent, thought by some to be easy to establish and by others impossible. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. Read more.