Thu, 28 November 2019

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

How to Change the World 2019

with Robert Winston, Noam Chomsky and many more

VENUE

Royal Geographical Society,

1 Kensington Gore, London

SW7 2AR

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How To Academy’s flagship conference, bringing together the individuals making our collective future – from social innovators to rocket scientists, genetic engineers to green energy experts.

Curated in partnership with The New York Times, How to Change the World 2019 offers unrivalled insight into the innovations changing our lives, communicated through short, powerful, visionary talks by the individuals at the cutting edge of their industries. It’s your passport to understanding tomorrow’s world – with all its jeopardy and promise. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the ideas set to shape the twenty-first century.

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Programme

Robert Winston

Genetically Enhancing Humans

Robert Winston is a world-renowned expert in fertility and genetics. He is Vice-President of the Royal College of Music and sits in the House of Lords.

Steve Evans

Making Industry Sustainable

Steve Evans directs Research in Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and is an adviser to the House of Lords and many other governments.

Noam Chomsky

Change is Coming

The world’s most famous radical philosopher, and a renowned linguist and cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky will appear at the conference via video-link from Arizona.

James Parr

Artificial Intelligence and The New Space Race

James Parr is Director of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab, and CEO of Trillium Technologies, and the founder of the Open Space Agency.

William Sieghart

Poetry and Loneliness

William Sieghart is a philanthropist and publisher. He is the founder of National Poetry Day, the Forward Poetry Prize, the Big Arts Week, and Bedtime Reading Week.

Isabella Tree

Rewilding

Isabella Tree is an award-winning author whose latest book, Wilding, tells the story of their daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate, 3,500 acres in West Sussex.

Elif Shafak

Fighting for a Democratic Future

Elif Shafak is a novelist, journalist and political scientist whose work has been published in 50 languages. >>

Kristen Davis

Training Rats to Save Lives

Kirsten Davis is founder and CEO of innovation consultancy CincQ and the former Innovation Director of the New York Times International.

Ali Parsa

Future of Healthcare

Ali Parsa is the founder and CEO of pioneering artificial intelligence and healthcare company Babylon, whose mission is to put accessible and affordable healthcare in the hands of every person on Earth.

Greg Asner

Preserving Global Biodiversity

Greg Asner is an award-winning ecologist who works with governments and NGOs to protect ecosystems and reduce carbon emissions.

Alex Stephany

How Technology Can Solve Homelessness

Alex Stephany is the Founder and CEO of Beam, the world’s first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people.

Hadas Kleinman

Closing Musical Keynote

Hadas Kleinman is an international acclaimed, multi-talented cellist, singer and meditation facilitator.

Hilary Cottam

Designing a 5th Social Revolution

Hilary Cottam is a social entrepreneur and designer whose work focuses on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Anil Seth

Understanding Consciousness

Anil Seth is a neuroscientist who seeks to understand consciousness by bringing together research across mathematics, computer science and philosophy.

Chetna Gala Sinha

Empowering Women and Transforming Lives

Chetna Gala Sinha is an activist, farmer and banker. In 1997, she set up the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank – India’s first bank for and by rural women.