History for Tomorrow – Lessons from the Past to Inspire the Future of Humanity | How To Academy

Mon, 8 July 2024

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm BST

History for Tomorrow – Lessons from the Past to Inspire the Future of Humanity

Roman Krznaric In Conversation With ClientEarth CEO Laura Clarke

Philosopher Roman Krznaric and ClientEarth CEO Laura Clarke present hopeful lessons from history that could help us overcome the global challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.

What can humankind’s rich history of radical revolts teach us about the power of disobedience to change climate policy? What inspiration could we take from seventeenth-century Japan to create a regenerative economy today? How might the history of financial capitalism help us understand what it takes to bring AI under control?

In conversation with ClientEarth CEO Laura Clarke, philosopher Roman Krznaric joins us to unearth fascinating insights and inspiration from the last 1000 years of world history that could help us confront the most urgent challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

From bridging the inequality gap and keeping AI under control, to reviving our faith in democracy and avoiding ecological collapse, Roman will show us that history is not simply a means of understanding the past but a way of reimagining our relationship with the future.

He will reveal how, time and again, societies have risen up, often against the odds, to tackle challenges and overcome crises. History can offer a vision for radical hope that could turn out to be our most vital tool for surviving and thriving in the turbulent decades ahead.

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Praise for Roman Krznaric’s History For Tomorrow:

‘Essential thinking about the big issues facing the world today.’ – Brian Eno

‘An amazing feat of synthesis and imagination, weaving together many different strands of world history to make a pattern that can guide us in the present toward a vibrant future. Krznaric’s book is immensely suggestive of positive actions that have track records; they’ve worked before, and in new formulations they can work again. Wise and practical inspiration.’ – Kim Stanley Robinson

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Roman Krznaric


Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including The Good Ancestor, Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than twenty-five languages. He is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing and founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum. Roman has been named by the Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His TED talk ‘How to be a good ancestor’ has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

Laura Clarke

CEO, ClientEarth

Laura Clarke is the CEO of ClientEarth, a legal environmental charity. She joined ClientEarth in September 2022 after two decades in public policy, including diplomatic roles across Africa, Asia and Europe. Her most recent role was British High Commissioner to New Zealand, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, from January 2018 – July 2022. Laura holds an MA in German and Russian from Cambridge University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is married with three children.