with Jonny Benjamin MBE, Neil Laybourn and Charlotte Reed.
FREE EVENT Head Talks in partnership with How to Academy Launch a series of Wellbeing & Mental Health events Hear the inspiring story featured on Channel 4 ‘Man on the Bridge’. Jonny Benjamin was ready to throw himself off London Bridge, the mental pain had become too much. A stranger, Neil Laybourn, passing by talked him out of it. Then the 7 year journey to find each other has led to a remarkable bond between these 2 inspiring young men. Charlotte Reed was hit by depression at a young age. She found healing in drawing and illustrations. She self-published a book to help others struggling with their mental health and began selling it at Portobello Market. A passer-by, high up in the publishing world, was so impressed she was offered a book deal. Her story is now being made into a Hollywood movie and she still sells her book in the market. In association with Head Talks . Read more.
What happens when declining birth-rates and mass immigration combine with a European culture transfixed by guilt about its past and diffidence about its values? The answer, says Douglas Murray, is the perfect storm. Europe is tired. Tired of crisis, tired of change, too exhausted to face up to the changes it has brought upon itself. Over three decades or more, our elites have turned a blind eye to the failures of integration.Not for demographic and political reasons, but because the very project of diversity is fraught beyond solution. Tolerance has no borders, we are told – but it is a process, not a given, and the broader the gesture the more difficult the digestion. What if diversity ends by making us collectively more intolerant? Multiculturalism does not enlarge our values but will submerge and destroy them. Bernard-Henri Lévy brings a different perspective. He too has raised a cry of alarm about the crisis facing the European project and the dream behind it. But as an intellectual he wants more reasons. His mission is to mediate between the community and the universal idea, between reasons of state and those of justice. Europe has had no choice but to respond to the flow of desperate migrants in its direction. And what exactly are we defending? What is this unique identity that is in danger of being lost? There have been unpredented crises, and a fracturing of consensus. Europe isn’t ageing well, but it isn’t dying, and the European idea lives in its capacity to see beyond endgame scenarios. Join us for a conversation across political borders, about the most difficult proposition of our time: that Europe as we know it will cease to exist within the lifespans of most Europeans alive today. In association with The Hexagon Society. Read more.
FREE EVENT Join the magical storyteller and tightrope walker, Katherine Rundell, the acclaimed author of The Explorer, a story of adventure, survival and bravery set in the Amazon rainforest. The book has received amazing reviews and is set to become a classic. In this free ticketed event, Katherine will be discussing and reading extracts from the book. And at the end will run a short workshop on ‘ how to write your own story’. Suitable for children 7+ WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: ‘Katherine Rundell just gets better and better. I loved The Explorer. On one level it’s a very exciting adventure story of four children fighting for survival in the Amazon – but it’s also saying profound things about human nature and love and loss.’ Jacqueline Wilson 06/08/17 Fiona Noble’s Children’s Book of the Week in The Observer ‘It’s a gripping story of survival and the tenacity of the human spirit against all odds, but it’s also a hymn to hope, love and courage, delivered with all the warmth and wisdom we’ve come to expect from one of our most talented writers for children’ 06/08/17 Review in Sunday Telegraph Emily Bearn ‘Katherine Rundell cannot put a foot wrong . . . may go down as her best yet’ 12/08/17 Review in The Times ‘An adventure story to die for … Rundell is a class act’ 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.