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.
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.