Are you hoping to make the most of the opportunities offered by the growing resale economy and sell your once-loved items online, or find a hidden gem and grab yourself a bargain? If so, how do you do it easily and avoid some of the pitfalls that can lead people to find the buying and selling process awkward? With classified sites and online marketplaces offering countless opportunities for lucky finds or cashing in on what’s lingering in your attic, we’ve teamed up with Gumtree to ensure you get through the whole process – from the first posting on Gumtree to the final payment – in a simple and confident way. Led by expert negotiator, Gavin Presman, ‘The Etiquette of Buying and Selling’ workshop will teach you how to avoid the awkward moments you might experience when buying and selling online– should you count cash out in front of the seller? How much small talk should you make when you meet the buyer? – and empower you to confidently navigate the process from start to finish. Please book now to secure your spot. Limited availability. Are you hoping to sell your once-loved items, or grab yourself a bargain, without paying high-street prices? That’s why we’ve teamed up with Gumtree and negotiation expert, Gavin Presman, to create a guide to ‘The Etiquette of Buying and Selling Online’ . It offers simple tips for both buyers and sellers to help them confidently navigate the online marketplace process, from making first contact, to meeting to retrieve/handover the item, to the transaction itself. So, if you’re part of 18% of Brits who have never used an online marketplace before, download the ‘Seven Tips to a Stress-Free Online Marketplace Experience’ today here: In partnership with Gumtree. Read more.
Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Jonathan Freedland. In an era when nations are rebalancing and dominant powers proliferate, there is no longer a single narrative. Whatever the issues of the day – Brexit, the Euro, Trump, Trade Tariffs, China, Inequality – they reflect the new reality of a multi-polar world. Nobel Prize economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that capitalism as we know it must adapt, that self-interest now means creating a more equal society, in which the benefits of globalisation and the advance of technology are shared rather than monopolised, as the only possible road to the reinvention of economic growth. Join us for this vital and wide-ranging discussion with one of the soothsayers of the age. Read more.
In this Masterclass Hannah Fry will explain the inner workings of algorithms: their power, their limitations, and whether they really are an improvement on the humans they replace. With algorithms making important decisions in healthcare, transport, finance, security, even what we watch, how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want? Join us on an unmissable tour of the ways (examples below) in which our lives might change. EXAMPLES You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determine your fate – a human or an algorithm? An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement. Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence. You need a liver transplant to save your life. Who would you want in charge of organ allocation? An algorithm can match organ donors with patients, potentially saving many more lives. But it may send you to the back of the queue. You’re buying a (driverless) car. One vehicle is programmed to save as many lives as possible in a collision. Another promises to prioritize the lives of its passengers. Which do you choose? Read more.
In this talk, former General Motors executive and current advisor to the Google Self-Driving Car project, Lawrence Burns will show how Google, Tesla, Apple and Uber have positioned themselves to revolutionize the way we move around by developing driverless vehicles while traditional auto companies like General Motors, Ford, and Daimler have been fighting back by partnering by with new tech start-ups. With the first driverless car likely to hit markets in less than five years, Lawrence Burns will explain how this new technology will impact our lives – from driving, parking, and refueling our cars, to eliminating 90 percent of road fatalities, drastically reducing our carbon footprint, and the profound effect it will have on the job market, the environment and urban planning. Join us to understand when, how, and who will win the race. And how the self-driving car will reshape our world. Read more.
with Sugata Mitra, Bethany Koby, Alex Beard, Ed Fidoe and Laura McInerney.
History shows us that the top in-demand jobs of 2030 don’t yet exist. So it is our responsibility to apply the knowledge we have today to the opportunities that reveal themselves tomorrow. But our education system needs to change – perhaps radically – if it is to prepare our children to thrive in the twenty-first century. This means looking further afield for ideas, whether in the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, the exam factories of South Korea, or the inclusive classrooms of Finland. Around the world, countries are grappling with how to scale quality education for their youth. While the spread of schooling over the past century is one of the great global success stories, expansion has too often involved insufficient mastery of core content and thinking skills: what to teach, but also how to teach it. Alex Beard spends much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his discoveries with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. Ed Fidoe is at at the forefront of innovation in the UK education system, working to roll out a speaking skills curriculum to schools across England, because the ability to communicate verbally is as important as literacy and numeracy. Sugata Mitra was given the $1m TED Prize in 2013 to help build his visionary School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer big questions, share knowledge, and benefit from the help and guidance of online educators. Bethany Koby has created the award-winning make-it-yourself kits that empower children to create with – rather than be fearful of, or passive towards – technology. Laura McInerney co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of teachers’ lives, pinpointing their struggles, opinions and aspirations. Join us for a discussion between pioneers who are rethinking the components of the teaching and learning process—from curriculum to materials to teacher development – and who are looking in surprising places for their inspiration. Read more.
Francis Fukuyama is the soothsayer of our age, and his The End of History was political science’s Book of Revelation. More recently, he warned of the consequences when state and institutions everywhere are corralled by interest groups. His predictions were borne out by the rise to power of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies now threaten to destabilise the entire international order. These new charismatic demagogues seek a direct connection to the people – defined in narrow identity terms – and appeal to a particular group by excluding large parts of the population as a whole. Forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender have in turn fueled anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of political Islam, the fractious environment of American college campuses, the emergence of white nationalism. Identity politics is now entrenched on both sides of the political spectrum. On the left it proliferates into ever-expanding categories, and new forms of exclusion. Outsiders are not allowed to share in the knowledge possessed by a group, because to do so is seen as cultural appropriation. The idea of universal human rights has been replaced by the demand for ‘recognition’ – not for inclusion within the fold, but for acknowledgment of group identity as the right to assert and maintain difference. On the right, political tribalism in America has mobilized around the idea of whites as an endangered group, faced by the bleak demographic prospect of becoming a minority in their ‘own country’. And when everything is about identity politics, are we surprised that millions of Americans voted ‘white’ in 2016? Join us and discover from Francis Fukuyama: is there still time to restore the dream of universal recognition and equality of rights upon which liberal democracy was founded? Read more.
This talk by the New York Times bestselling co-author of Sprint, is a simple four-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day. It will shows how the exhaustion of constant busyness isn’t mandatory and that you can step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention. As a co-creator of Google Ventures’ renowned ‘design sprint‘, Jake has helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and his experience with John Zeratsky designing ubiquitous tech products like Gmail and YouTube, they’ve now packaged the most effective tactics as to how to optimise your energy and time into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-sized tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles. It isn’t about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or giving up social media. Making time isn’t about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it’s about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction. Read more.
General Stanley McChrystal in conversation with Hannah MacInnes. In this Leadership Masterclass, retired four-star general Stan McChrystal, formerly commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan, will explore what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. Focusing on thirteen great leaders, including Walt Disney, Margaret Thatcher, Albert Einstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Martin Luther King, he will show that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones and that aspiring leaders will be best served not by cultivating a standard set of textbook leadership qualities, but by learning to discern what is required in each situation. 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.
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.