In this talk, consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto will cut through all the nonsense that we read online or in magazines, and give us expert advice on a variety of skin issues and how best to look after our skin. From morning and night-time routines, to dealing with common skin complaints such as acne, rosacea and pigmentation, to how stress, pollution and diet impact our skin and how to look after our skin at any age, Dr Mahto will provide us with a complete guide to having radiant, healthy skin for the rest of our life. She will also decode the jargon of cosmetics advertising and advise what ingredients to look for in the products we buy. Read more.
What do Pokémon Go and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein have in common? Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It’s an ability we all possess, and one that we can all learn to hone in order to succeed, at work and in our everyday lives. Here Leonard Mlodinow, whose own flexible thinking has taken him from physics professor to TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, takes us on a revelatory exploration of how elasticity works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates the organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. And he reveals how you can test your own brain power and increase your capacity for elastic thinking. By uncovering the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before. Read more.
The West’s centuries-old status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As the new powers – China and India from Asia and others from Africa and Latin America – rise to the top of the world’s pecking order, how should the West react? In this talk, Kishore Mahbubani will argue passionately and provocatively that if the West doesn’t change its ways , it’s toast as it can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large, and – paradoxically – that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term. He will examine the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider’s critical eye, and the shocking freshness of his geopolitical analysis will give all of us pause for thought. ‘Kishore Mahbubani might well be the most intelligent, friendly and doggedly persistent critic of the West. In this brief book, he delivers some of his trademark analysis and pungent observations. We should all think of it as the cold shower that is urgently needed to revive the West’ Fareed Zakaria, author of ‘The Post-American World‘ ‘Kishore Mahbubani offers a penetrating analysis of the West’s predicament. His optimistic view is a welcome antidote to so much prevailing wisdom. It deserves to be widely read and debated’ Lawrence H. Summers, former Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank Read more.
In this talk Jeremy Bailenson, the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will discuss how Virtual Reality technology will shape the future and how it can be used to hone our performance, improve our learning and communication abilities, and enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities. Join us to understand how our world will be changed with the introduction of Virtual Reality technology. Read more.
Designing Your Life, the bestseller from the founders of the Stanford Life Design Lab and teachers of one of Stanford’s most popular courses of the same name, which has changed so many people’s lives, returns to the how to: Academy. 15 years in development and tried and tested by thousands of people from students to mid-career professionals to retirees, Dave Evans’s step-by-step method teaches people how to think like a designer and build a life to thrive in. In his talk he will show us how the same thinking that created the most amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to design a career and a life that are meaningful, joyful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are or were, what we do or have done for a living, and how young or how old we are. The talk will emphasise simple techniques like reframing, prototyping and brainstorming straight from the Stanford Life Design Lab. The method is research validated, having been subjected to two academic research studies that have shown its ability to reduce anxieties around life and careers, as well as make people successful in reaching their goals. Read more.
A new generation of dinosaur hunters is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created an empire that lasted for around 150 million years. Meet Steve Brusatte, one of the world’s leading palaeontologists who has uncovered human-sized tyrannosaurs and monstrous carnivores larger than T Rex, and whose ground breaking work has led to a new understanding of these fascinating beasts, including how they began and why they became extinct, how they were much more intelligent and successful than we ever thought: spreading around the globe, developing colossal sizes and diversifying into thousands of species. Join us to hear how modern science is allowing us to re-examine the age of the dinosaurs and understand their full importance in the earth’s history. Read more.