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.
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.
A rare opportunity to hear Bernard Avishai who writes regularly for the New Yorker and Ian Black, the author of the highly acclaimed Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 on the Future of Israel. It has been 25 years since the Oslo Accords, and a Palestinian state seems a remote possibility. Is this merely the reversible result of Netanyahu rule, or were the terms of Oslo, and all other two-state solutions since 1947, flawed in their framing. Might there be a more realistic political economy to work toward? In association with Jewish Book Week. Read more.
A life-changing talk by the BBC’s Doctor in the House on how to combat stress through addressing the underlying causes of our anxieties in four main areas: Body, Mind, Relationships, and Purpose. In this talk Dr Chatterjee will provide you with simple tools for how to cope and live a happier, more fulfilling and stress-free life. Read more.
An unmissable conversation between Richard Wrangham, Harvard Professor of Biological Anthropology and the evolutionary behavioural scientist Professor Tamás Dávid-Barrett on “The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us Both More and Less Violent” – Richard Wrangham’s new book which is set to be as important and revolutionary a book as Gun, Germs and Steel, the Language Instinct, Black Swans or Thinking Fast and Slow. It may not always seem so, but day-to-day interactions between individual humans are extraordinarily peaceful. That is not to say that we are perfect, just far less violent than most animals, especially our closest relatives, the chimpanzee and their legendarily docile cousins, the Bonobo. Perhaps surprisingly, we rape, maim, and kill many fewer of our neighbours than all other primates and almost all undomesticated animals. But there is one form of violence that humans exceed all other animals in by several degrees: organized proactive violence against other groups of humans. It seems, we are the only animal that goes to war. In this conversation Professor Richard Wrangham will explore this paradox at the heart of human behaviour. Drawing on new research by geneticists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and archaeologists, he will show that what domesticated our species was nothing less than the invention of capital punishment which eliminated the least cooperative and most aggressive among us. But that development is exactly what laid the groundwork for the worst of our atrocities. Join us for this major talk which will revolutionise our understanding of humanity. Read more.
Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE and bestselling author of Happiness by Design, presents a radical rethinking of what really makes us happy. Be ambitious, get married, have kids and look after your health. This is what we’re told will make us happy, but what if these stories are doing more harm than good? Drawing on new research about wellbeing, inequality, discrimination and life satisfaction Paul will shatter the common myths about our sources of happiness and show that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. These might involve choosing not to marry or be monogamous, deciding not to go into higher education and caring a little less about living for as long as possible. Join us for a new appraisal of what it is that leads to happiness, with Paul presenting his new book Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life. Read more.