Nish Kumar Meets George Monbiot – Live on Stage in London | How To Academy


Thu, 16 May 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Nish Kumar Meets George Monbiot – Live on Stage in London

The Secret History of Neoliberalism

How can you fight something if you don’t know it exists? Legendary environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot joins Nish Kumar to take on the ideology that controls our lives.

An iconoclast unafraid to speak truth to power, George Monbiot has been fighting for a better future for our planet for decades. Now returning to How To Academy, he joins Nish Kumar live on stage to share the history of the ideology that preys on every aspect of our lives – and help us to find a better alternative worth fighting for.

How was a fringe philosophy from the 1930s hijacked by a group of wealth elites, determined to guard their fortunes and power? How does the system they created affect our education and our jobs; our healthcare and our leisure; our relationships and our mental wellbeing; even the planet we inhabit – the very air we breathe?

So pervasive has it become that, for most people, it has no name. It seems unavoidable, like a natural law. But the truth is that neoliberalism is not inevitable nor immutable. Now, by understanding its history, we can bring it into the light — and begin to fight back.

Praise for the works of George Monbiot: 

‘With a dazzling command of science and a relentless faith in people, George Monbiot writes about social change with his eyes wide open. I never miss reading him.’ – Naomi Klein

‘There is no writer willing to dispense of bullshit, tell us the truth, and take on powerful forces and perceived wisdom like George Monbiot.’ – Lucy Jones

‘George Monbiot is a very skilful writer… He seems to see more fully than almost anyone else in this field.’ – Philip Pullman

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George Monbiot

Guardian columnist and Environmentalist

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning; his latest is Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet.

George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, ‘How Wolves Change Rivers’, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times.

Nish Kumar

Comedian and Presenter

Nish has achieved huge success on the stand-up circuit. Alongside stand-up, Nish is a frequent voice and face across both television and radio, following a successful pilot in 2016, Nish completed two series of his own topical show for BBC Radio 4, Spotlight Tonight, which he also hosts as well as hosting both The News Quiz and Newsjack. On screen you can catch up with Nish on the likes of Q.I., Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo both as a stand-up guest and host (all BBC Two), Have I Got News For You and The John Bishop Show (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Stand-Up for Central, and Taskmaster (Dave), among other programmes. Nish will be touring his latest show Nish: Don’t Kill My Vibe later this year.