Sir Chris Bonington is our premier mountain man. The first Briton to climb the North Wall of the Eiger in 1962, he led the ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 – for its time the most difficult technical climb to the summit of a major peak – and in 1975 faced the ultimate challenge, leading the first ascent of Everest by the south-west ridge. He became a household name. When Bonington started climbing none of the 14 peaks that rise into the ‘death zone’ above 8000 metres had been conquered. In a career spanning six decades he has learnt what it takes to conquer fear, develop the skills to attempt the world’s most difficult peaks and adapt to its most uninhabitable places. He has survived eight near-death experiences, has mourned and in some cases witnessed the deaths of other luminaries of the mountain fraternity. He has climbed with the mercurial Dougal Haston, the philosophical Stephen Venables, the enigmatic Doug Scott and the hard man Don Whillans, in the course of nineteen Himalayan expeditions and many first ascents from Chile to China. The 1975 Everest expedition was the apotheosis of the military-style assault involving national teams, dozens of porters, tons of supplies and thousands of feet of fixed ropes. Bonington will describe these experiences, the change to ‘Alpine style’ lightweight expeditions with small teams of climbers making fast ascents, and the different challenges faced by modern climbers who live in a world where almost every peak has been conquered. Join us to mark the publication of Ascent: A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge, the complex life story of Britain’s greatest climber. Read more.
World-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis returns to the how to: Academy stage to discuss some of the most important questions that face humanity today. Drawing on (his) latest book Talking To My Daughter About the Economy, written as a personal letter to his daughter, Yanis will set out to explain what economics is and why it has the power to shape our lives. Come and enjoy an evening with the former economics lecturer and ex-Greek finance minister as he answers his daughter’s deceptively simple questions, helping to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one. Pre-publication copies of Yanis’s book are included with every booking, meaning you’ll be the first to get your hands on a copy. There will also be the chance to ask your own burning questions about the economy during the audience Q&A. This Talk is suitable for young people. For under 18s you can book using the Student Tickets without ID being required. In association with Penguin Live. Read more.
In today’s increasingly hostile climate people are anxious about how to keep themselves safe. Analysing real-life incidents, such as the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge terror attack and the Tunisian beach shootings, SAS hero Chris will explain how ordinary people should act if they find themselves in similar scenarios and empower you to take personal responsibility for your own security. He will explain how civilians can employ the techniques he’s learnt to keep themselves safe on the streets and in their vehicles. Safe in a fight or in the midst of a terror incident. Safe on aircraft or in hostage situations. Safe from cyber attacks, riots, sexual predators and more. But the evening doesn’t stop there, Chris will also tell us fascinating stories, never before told, about life in the Regiment and the dangers faced by SAS soldiers and reveal the skills that kept him safe working undercover in Northern Ireland, on the dangerous streets of central Africa and in the war zones of the Middle East. Join us for an unmissable talk on staying safe. Read more.
An essential guide to the key mechanisms that make and remake our reputations. Based on pioneering research and interviews with a host of major figures ranging from Jay-Z and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to Bernie Madoff and Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel. Understanding how you get the reputation you want, and how you avoid the reputations that you don’t, has never been more important. A good reputation helps us to find a soulmate, sell a table on eBay, rent out a room on Airbnb, get invited to parties or secure a new promotion. You can try to ignore what others say about you or you can choose to learn the rules and discover that the potential benefits are unlimited. Reputation can’t be owned or managed – not by an individual, an organization or the media professionals they employ. Instead, it is a gift of trust bestowed upon us by customers, colleagues, fans or friends. So how is it that VW suffered a huge blow in the wake of the emissions scandal, but their cars are still hugely popular? How has Pope Francis begun to rebuild the name of the Catholic Church after a series of damaging scandals? Join us for the ultimate guide to building and maintaining a reputation. Read more.
In this unmissable talk, MIT Professor of Physics, Max Tegmark, will change the way we think about AI and the future of humanity. Drawing from his new book, “Life 3.0, Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” Professor Tegmark will take us to the heart of thinking about AI and the human condition, bringing us face to face with the essential questions of our time. How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future AI systems do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will AI help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether? This talk will give us the tools to join what may be the most important conversation of our time, guiding us through the most controversial issues around AI today – from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos. Reviews. The transformational consequences of AI may soon be upon us but will they be utopian or catastrophic? The jury is out, but this enlightening, lively and accessible book by a distinguished scientist helps us to assess the odds. MARTIN REES, Astronomer Royal, cosmology pioneer, author of Our Final Hour ‘All of us – not only scientists, industrialists and generals-should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits of future AI and avoiding the risks. This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark’s thought-provoking book will help you join it‘ STEPHEN HAWKING A compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness. ELON MUSK Read more.
How To Academy and Globalista are delighted to present a new partnership with acclaimed small-ship cruise operator Voyages to Antiquity for their upcoming season to Cuba and the Caribbean. Though VTA are best known for their Mediterranean cruises to ancient civilizations, from November 2017 through March 2018 they are operating a full programme of journeys around Cuba and the Caribbean. Few small ships serve this region, so there is no better way to experience Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, the magnificent Mayan ruins of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and so much more. THE CRUISE SHIP Travelling on the Aegean Odyssey which only has capacity for 350 passengers, the ship is small enough to put in at more characterful ports inaccessible to the mega-ships, so there are no queues to embark or disembark, and the service is much more personal. Yet on the other hand, the ship is large enough to offer a superb selection of onboard facilities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed. Solo travellers, so often relegated to second class status, are very well catered for aboard Aegean Odyssey, with more than 30 roomy dedicated solo cabins across a variety of categories at a minimal supplement. GUEST LECTURER Joining the December and January cruises is historian and journalist Dr Carrie Gibson, author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day. WHAT THE COST INCLUDES. Voyages to Antiquity holiday prices are inclusive, covering international flights, transfers, full board accommodation, wine with meals, shore excursions in almost every port of call, the guest lecture programme, gratuities and internet access. Look out for discounts and offers, including second traveller half price and low or no single supplements. And, exclusively for Globalista/How to subscribers, you can take advantage of an extra $100 onboard credit to spend as you wish. Simply quote the promotional code GLOBAL/HOWTO to claim your credit when you book. HOW TO BOOK For further details on fares and current promotions, please visit www.voyagestoantiquity.com . Or call the UK office on 01865 566 898 or the US office 1 877 398 1460 Read more.
In this breakfast talk Rolf Dobelli, the bestselling author of the Art of Thinking Clearly with 2.5m copies sold, will provide an indispensable toolkit for practical living, that will change the way you live and work. Join us for this unmissable talk from one of today’s most influential Thought Leaders. Read more.
In this must-attend talk, the world’s leading expert on the unconscious mind, the Yale University Professor of Psychology, John Bargh, whose research has underpinned Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, will reveal the hidden mental processes that secretly govern every aspect of our behaviour. For more than three decades, Dr John Bargh has been conducting revolutionary research into the unconscious part of the mind that we can access and understand through experimental science. He will explain how the unconscious guides our behaviour, goals and motivations in areas like race relations, parenting, business, consumer behaviour and addiction. He will show the pervasive influence of the unconscious mind in who we choose to date or vote for, what we buy, where we live, how we perform on tests and in job interviews, and take us on a tour of the influential psychological forces that are at work as we go about our daily lives – checking a dating app, holding a cup of hot coffee, or getting a flu shot. Drawing on his new book, Before You Know, this talk will profoundly change the way you understand yourself by introducing you to a fascinating world only recently discovered, the world that exists below the surface of your awareness and yet is the key to unlocking new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Reviews: ‘Professor John Bargh has been a consistently and systematically amazing social scientist for decades with his insights, observations, studies, and perhaps most important – their implications for the way we live and the aspects of our life that we take for granted.’ DAN ARIELY , PhD, Duke University, author of New York Times bestseller ‘Predictably Irrational‘ ‘John Bargh’s Before You Know It moves our understanding of the mysteries of human behaviour one giant step forward. A brilliant and convincing book.’ MALCOLM GLADWELL, author of Blink and David and Goliath Read more.
In this talk based on his new book In Pursuit of Memory, just shortlisted for the Royal Society science book prize, Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli will take us inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and explain how the disease is treated in different countries and how scientists around the world are racing to find a cure. Jebelli’s talk will show why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. Read more.
with David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful.
David McCandless – author of Information is Beautiful and founder of the Information is Beautiful Awards – is back with another unmissable talk. One of the world’s leading data-journalists and information designers, McCandless is known for pioneering a fascinating way to look at the world – through the lens of visualization – turning data, information & knowledge into beautiful graphical images & diagrams. For those of us navigating an age of info-overload and “fake news”, visualised information has incredible potential to help us find meaning in a complicated world. Whether it’s military budgets & bird flu outbreaks or time travel in sci-fi films & the intricate relationships of the Middle East, David’s elegant & often playful infographics bring to life information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. In his book, Knowledge is Beautiful, McCandless expands the approach beyond data and information into the richer, deeper, denser material of “knowledge”. Whether it’s science, politics, finance or just the hidden patterns in Hollywood storylines, David uses beautiful graphics and his own brand of performance journalism to reveal intricate, invisible and sometimes hilarious stories lurking in the data, information & knowledge surrounding us. Read more.
In this talk Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus will outline a radical new plan to fix global capitalism and create a new economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment and Zero Carbon Emissions. At a time when eight individuals now own more wealth than 50 per cent of the global population, and high unemployment in many countries means that people’s skills, knowledge, and creativity are being wasted and with rampant environmental destruction only adding to this picture of a bleak future , there has to be another way. In this talk drawing on his new book a ‘World of Three Zeroes’ Professor Yunus will offer a challenge to young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens everywhere to embrace a new form of capitalism, where altruism and generosity are valued as much as profit making, and where individuals not only have the capacity to lift themselves out of poverty, but also to affect real change for the planet and its people. Read more.
The leading voice on emotions offers a revolutionary approach that enables us to understand and embrace difficult emotions without letting them derail us Following her sell-out talk in 2016, Susan David PhD, a psychologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, returns to the how to: Academy to discuss Emotional Agility, her pioneering approach on how you can control and harness your negative emotions by accepting and welcoming them with self-compassion rather than fighting them, and in the process teaching you how to make big things happen in your life despite their existence. Book now to secure your place at this masterclass in personal psychology, given by a world-renowned expert in emotions. What they say about the book: ‘An accessible, reader-friendly voyage. Emotional Agility can be helpful to anyone’ DANIEL GOLEMAN, author of Emotional Intelligence ‘In Emotional Agility, Susan David teaches us to understand – and to communicate in – the unspoken language of emotion to better align how we feel with what we do. Essential reading’. SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet ‘Susan David acknowledges the benefits of sadness, anger, guilt, and fear, and then shows us how to make sure they don’t take over our lives. This is a self-help book that might actually help’ ADAM GRANT, Wharton professor and author of Originals. Read more.