For lovers of Planet Earth, Infographics and Maps, an unmissable talk by the bestselling authors of London: The Information Capital. Drawing on their pioneering new book Where The Animals Go we will learn about seals mapping the sea, baboons making decisions, birds dodging tornadoes and jaguars taking selfies. And join the journeys of sharks, elephants, bumblebees, snowy owls, and a wolf looking for love. All this thanks to satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, apps and accelerometers which allow us to see the natural world like never before. Join geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti who will take us to the forefront of this animal-tracking revolution. Read more.
Following his sold-out talks on Joseph Conrad, Franz Kafka and James Joyce, Will Self is back with another tour de force exploration of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky’s nightmarish novel, the story of a penny-pinching lecher and his four sons, is one of the supreme achievements in literature. Set in Russia on the brink of socialist ferment, The Brothers Karamazov is a study of patricide, a satire on human corruption, and a complex spiritual drama. ‘The thing about Dostoevsky’s characters’, said David Foster Wallace, ‘is that they are alive’; in this talk, Will Self, will discuss the astounding vitality of this monumental work. Read more.
Jim Collins, business strategist, leadership thinker, and bestselling author of Good to Great and Built to Last will present a one-off powerful half-day seminar on what it takes to transition your company from good to great . In this session, Collins will bring together years of research which asks the simple question: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty and others do not? We live in a world where we can no longer predict with certainty the twists and turns our lives will take. Throughout the world, technological change and global competition continues their relentless, disruptive march. Life is uncertain, the future unknown. Yet some companies and leaders navigate this type of world exceptionally well. They don’t merely react; they create. They don’t merely survive; they prevail. They don’t merely succeed; they thrive. They build great enterprises that can endure. Collins will take you through the behaviours and characteristics of companies and leadership teams that achieve spectacular results, especially when direct comparisons — companies operating in the same fast-moving, unpredictable, and tumultuous environments — do not. Jim’s highly effective framework will assist you and your team to fuel growth through times of uncertainty and lead your business to greatness! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Jim Collins, one of the most highly respected business authors, in his one-off live solo presentation in London. Organized by The Growth Faculty: Read more.
Rutger Bregman in conversation with Gaby Hinsliff.
In this talk based on his new book Utopia for Realists – hailed by the Bookseller as “a must-read “big ideas” book with the potential to rival Thomas Piketty’s Capital and the works of Yuval Noah Harari in its impact” – major new thinker Rutger Bregman, will explore how we can reconstruct society with visionary ideas that are in fact, entirely practicable. A huge bestseller in the original Dutch, and garnering plaudits from a swathe of eminent thinkers, Utopia for Realists overturns existing notions about how to run society with bold ideas for a happier, healthier, wealthier world. From Universal Basic Income – inches away from implementation by President Richard Nixon – to a 15-hour working week – the only way to tackle the ‘second machine age’- Bregman piles up the evidence for win-win solutions to the growing problems of inequality and unhappiness to be found in societies across the globe. Having already sparked a movement across the Netherlands, where 20 municipalities are now putting basic income into action, Rutger Bregman will inspire you to think the un-thinkable and leave you with hope for the future. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING “If you’re bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists.” Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature. “This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we’ve been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place.” Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. “Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last 40 years. In this surprising, accessible and often counterintuitive book Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world.” Brian Eno Read more.
For Shakespeare he was ‘the murderous Machiavel’, and for Burke his anatomy of power was ‘odious’. Machiavelli’s treatise on the arts of the ruler, in an Italy of ambitious popes and warring city-states, shocked and fascinated Renaissance Europe. His theory of statecraft has been seen as undermining the moral basis of political life, but has Machiavelli’s infamous claim that ends justify means been misunderstood? And is his Prince in fact a role model for leadership in dark times? Machiavelli’s great departure was to treat the princely virtues instrumentally: to be followed only insofar as they help maintain the state, and the Prince must vary his conduct in accord with circumstance. In this perspective virtues turn out to be vices (and vice versa): clemency in a leader is cruelty if it leads to further disorder; generosity is merely ostentation if it leads to the raising of taxes. For the ancients, to abandon virtue was to descend to the level of the beasts, but for Machiavelli it depends which beasts you choose to emulate: the good ruler is as cunning as the fox, and as surprising as the lion… Join us for an evening of persuasion, in which Erica Benner will convince us that no one worked harder for the cause of republican freedoms than Niccolò Machiavelli. Read more.
An unique opportunity to hear pioneering psychologist, Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett on ‘How Your Emotions Are Made‘, one of the most radical and groundbreaking science books to be published in a generation. In this talk Professor Barrett will draw on the latest scientific evidence to reveal that our ideas about emotion are dramatically, even dangerously, out of date. It’s not the case that emotions come from specific parts of the brain. Emotions don’t exist objectively in nature and they aren’t pre-programmed in our brains and bodies; rather, they are psychological experiences that each of us constructs based on our unique personal history, physiology and environment. This new view of emotions has serious implications: when judges issue lesser sentences for crimes of passion, when police officers fire at threatening suspects, or when doctors choose between one diagnosis and another, they’re all, in some way, relying on the ancient assumption that emotions are hardwired into our brains and bodies. Revising that conception of emotion is vital to our wellbeing and the health of society itself. Reviews ‘A brilliant and original book on the science of emotion, by the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin‘ – Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestselling Stumbling on Happiness ‘What if everything you thought you knew about lust, anger, grief, and joy was wrong? Lisa Barrett is one of the psychology’s wisest and most creative scientists and her theory of constructed emotion is radical and fascinating‘ – Paul Bloom, author of Against Empathy and How Pleasure Works Read more.
How do social media stars generate such obsession – even more than the Hollywood A-list? And what can they teach us about making our own ideas, products and services break through? The world’s leading authority on celebrity branding, Jeetendr Sehdev, tackles these questions head on. Sehdev will show why successful images today – the most famous being Kim Kardashian – are not photoshopped to perfection, but flawed, vulnerable, and in-your-face. This total transparency generates a level of authenticity with audiences that traditional marketing tactics just can’t touch. The Kim Kardashian Principle reveals the people, products and brands that do it best – from YouTube sensations like Pew Die Pie to taxi-hailing app Uber – and proves why the old strategies aren’t working. After all, in a world where a big booty can break the internet, self-obsession is a must-have. No posturing, no apologies, and no shying away from the spotlight. The Kim Kardashian Principle is a fresh, provocative and eye-opening guide to understanding why only the boldest and baddest ideas will survive – and how to make sure yours is one of them. Read more.
The world is facing its greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War and with the crisis deepening and a xenophobic backlash in Europe, it is time for a new vision. In this talk, Professor Paul Collier, bestselling author of The Bottom Billion, and Professor Alexander Betts , whose sensational TED talk on Refugees has received nearly 1m views, will set out the practical solutions and policies to deal with the crisis and outline an major new alternative vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies, and even rebuild their countries of origin. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “Refugees and policy makers need practical answers to what is now a global crisis. This valuable book represents the kind of can-do thinking that we need to see.” David Miliband Read more.
Do you struggle to remember names or numbers? Would you like to improve your memorisation skills so you can master a new language or skill? In this talk Daniel Kilov will teach the techniques for remembering lists, names and faces, new vocabulary, numerical data and more. During the talk you will learn the famous Memory Palace technique and have the chance to put his tips to the test. Read more.
In 2009 the writer Bill Hayes moved to New York from California with a one-way ticket and uncertain future, and gradually came to know his new neighbour – the legendary neurologist and author of Awakenings Oliver Sacks. This talk based on Bill Hayes’s memoir Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me will provide a double-portrait of the man described as ‘the poet laureate of medicine’ and of New York : the consolations of its neighbourhoods and its people, a buzzing hive of strangers who strive separately but often turn to face one another. A lifelong insomniac, Hayes took to wandering at night with his camera, having chance encounters with buildings and parks and other sleepless urbanites – and falling in love, against all expectations, with his friend and neighbour, Oliver Sacks. Join us for an evening of multiple portraiture. Note on Oliver Sacks: In 1973 the neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote Awakenings , a profoundly influential account of his encounters in a New York hospital with encephalitic parkinsonism, a mysterious disease that locked its victims for decades inside a comatose prison, as speechless and motionless as stopped clocks – until Sacks administered a remarkable new drug, L-Dopa, which propelled them out of deep sleep into the present moment, with explosive consequences for everyone involved. Sacks went on to treat and describe other extreme neurological conditions, in which the human brain behaves like an orchestra without a conductor, making its own music. But his case histories were always of individuals rather than conditions, opening up the patient’s perspective, exploring the human ability to make sense of an altered world. Read more.
Dawn chorus in the spring is a magical experience and nowhere more so than at Knepp Castle. We will leave on the afternoon of the 20th April from Victoria on the Gatwick Express then be driven to the Knepp Castle Estate. The adventure will start with cocktails then Tim Dee giving an illustrated talk on listening to and recognising Birdsong. After the talk we will then enjoy a barbeque in the lovely Cow Barn . (Knepp Wild Range longhorn steaks or fallow burgers.) Then off to our luxury yurts for the night. Then up at the crack of dawn woken with a cup of coffee and a biscuit for the birdsong walk, guided by Tim Dee, followed by a big English breakfast back at the camp. Very African safari-style. (Breakfast will include 4 organic eggs/ Tamworth bacon/artisan bread/butter/homemade marmalade or jam/Dorset muesli.) The trip to Knepp is limited to 18 people. Cost includes lecture, tour of the estate, cocktails, supper, accommodation in the yurts breakfast and transportation to and from Gatwick. It only excludes the Gatwick Express Train tickets. Read more.
How to raise our children to be resilient in the face of life’s many challenges is something every parent wants but as Harley Street Cognitive Hypnotherapist Trevor Silvester will discuss in this talk to achieve this we may need to change ourselves. From his years as a therapist, Trevor will offer an invaluable series of life lessons for both parents and children which will inspire you to think about your own attitudes and encourage you to let go of your limitations so that your children can thrive and grow. He will also outline some of the key parenting mantras and explain why integrating them into the way you interact with your children will help them to grow into strong, happy adults. Read more.