Tickets for the 2018 How To Change the World Conference are now available. Due to the exceptional demand for tickets we are moving the venue to the Royal Geographical Society. As they can only cater for a maximum of 450 people, we are offering tickets with or without tea and coffee. Lunch is only included with the Salon Premium Tickets. First confirmed speakers will be announced in Spring 2018. 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.
Madeleine Albright in conversation with Emily Maitlis. Of all the unanswered questions of our time, declared George Orwell in 1944, ‘perhaps the most important is: What Is Fascism?’. Madeleine Albright, who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations and as American Secretary of State, has an answer – not as an explanation of the past, but as an omen for the present. After World War II, Fascism fell out of favour: it became an insult to be traded. But the momentum for democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political centre and empowering the extremes of right and left. And the current geopolitical scene – whether in Washington or Moscow, Beijing or Ankara – makes many of us recall defunct regimes which also used sophisticated propaganda techniques, whose ‘natural’ leaders also employed crisis-speak and grand gestures, who privileged feelings over ideas, who excluded and demonized Others, who aroused popular enthusiasm in the service of illiberal, exclusionary and expansionist national agendas. The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left countless millions dead. Who would wish to repeat such horrors? Can we not safely forget them? But those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. As Madeleine Albright will argue, Fascism not only endured through the course of the twentieth century, but presents a more virulent threat to international peace and justice now than at any time since 1945. Join us to hear about the present, and perhaps the future, by someone who has not only studied the past but helped to shape it. Read more.
Professor Nadine Strossen, one of the world’s great civil libertarians, in conversation with Eric Heinze, Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary University of London and renowned British free speech expert, on the critical issue of Free Speech. What is offensive? A great deal, in the brazen internet age when we are besieged on all sides by voices – including those which shout ‘Silence!’ and cite the damage being done by extreme views: discrimination, incitement to violence, psychic injury. In a free society is free speech an absolute, or is enough enough? The United States is the front-line in this debate, because the First Amendment provides significant protection for free expression. The support of many liberals has waned, however, and the new enemies of a society which has become too open are apt to quote philosopher Karl Popper: ‘If we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.’ In the case of ‘hate speech’, what constitutes intolerable intolerance? Does causing offence qualify? Does mockery qualify? And when the politics of identity becomes a crucial determinant, where do the possiblities for offendedness end? And who decides? If you empower a government to restrict speech today, tomorrow it may be ourspeech that is restricted. More or less everything that challenged the establishment – not least the civil rights movement – has had to fight censorship, and it is hard to point to any social progress that did not depend on freedom of speech. Nadine Strossen argues that we protect speech because it has an effect, positive or negative – that a democracy succeeds only when the thoughts and aspirations of all its citizens are rights, to be expressed regardless of viewpoint. That the way to resist hate and promote equality is not censorship but argument. Join us on July 3rd to debate the new relevance of that old Voltairean chestnut: ‘I hate what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.’ Read more.
An unmissable opportunity to hear Tal Ben-Shahar who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on “Positive Psychology,” and the university’s third most popular course on “The Psychology of Leadership”. In this talk on how to live a happier life and be a better leader, Tal Ben Shahar will show how Happiness is the key to successful leadership and will introduce ideas and tools that can make us happier. And, of course, better leaders. Read more.
In this innovative writing masterclass Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper will take you on a journey of self-discovery, from the origins of your family name to your earliest memories. Drawing on their new book, included in the ticket price, you will come away with invaluable advice on documenting your life. All abilities are welcome at the Masterclass, particularly those looking to get into writing for the first time or wanting to build their confidence in autobiographical writing. Join us for an evening dedicated to the Story of You. Read more.
After the 2008 crash Barclays came to stand for the banking industry’s culture of greed and excess – and hubris. Who was to blame? The individuals or the system that put them there? And what has changed? Join us for an exclusive conversation between Bob Diamond – the banker the public loved to hate, who came to embody (perhaps too conveniently) all that was wrong with our banking culture – and Philip Augar, who has had unparalleled access to the evidence, and will paint a more nuanced portrait of the individuals and the institution than we are used to hearing. Internally it is a story of board-room intrigue inside one of our biggest national financial organisms, and the struggle between rival strategies for long-term supremacy. On one side, those desperate for Barclays to join the top table of global banks. On the other side, those who argued for a smaller domestic role, in keeping with the Quaker bank’s sober origins. Externally it is the story of Britain’s social and economic life over thirty years, in which the City changed from a cottage industry on the margins of the economy into a powerhouse that transformed our attitudes to money, debt and business relationships. The leveraged society, the winner-takes-all mentality, our present era of austerity: there is no better symbol of these things than Barclays, one of the icons of the British high street. A story of one bank, which has implicated us all. Read more.
The brilliant novelist, memoirist (Little Failure) and New Yorker writer Gary Shteyngart live in London in conversation with Hannah MacInnes on his new book Lake Success. Barry Cohen, master of the universe, has just had a very public meltdown involving a dinner party, an insider trading investigation and a $30,000 bottle of Japanese whisky. So he flees New York City, leaving behind his beautiful young wife and son, but remembering to bring his six favourite designer watches. Zig-zagging south through Trump’s America on a Greyhound Bus pilgrimage he is singularly unprepared for, Barry heads to Texas – to find his old college girlfriend and, with her, a second chance at life… Lake Success marries the trademark Shteyngart wit with a deep emotional resonance, capturing the vivid eccentricity and contradictions of America right now, while speaking to the universal human experience of love, belonging, and the pursuit of happiness. BOOK NOW In association with Jewish Book Week. Read more.
An unmissable evening with the Guardian’s former Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger on the past, present and future of the press, and the forces menacing its freedom. How do we know any more what is true and what isn’t? We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg in which falsehood regularly seems to overwhelm truth. The news media have been disrupted by huge and fast-moving changes. The growth of social media and with it the ability of billions of people to publish has created a vast amount of unreliable and false news which now competes with, and sometimes drowns, more established forms of journalism. The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and brands his critics ‘fake‘. Politicians openly rubbish the views of ‘so-called experts‘. Where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does all this mean for democracy? And what will the future hold? 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, Laura Whateley, who writes the Troubleshooter column in the Times Saturday Money section will offer expert advice on how to manage your personal finances. Designed for 18-35 year olds but relevant to a wider audience, Laura in conversation with Hannah MacInnes will cover topics ranging from housing, student loans, debt, saving for the future, bills, and tax. This talk is guaranteed to be a masterclass in how to structure your financial life now and in the future. Read more.