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.

We live in precarious times. A multipolar order divided between Beijing, Brussels and Washington is emerging in place of US hegemony, and populist politicians are rewriting the rulebook for democracy. Technologies such as cryptography and machine learning are remaking Western society at an exponential pace, while the impending threats of climate change and automation present existential risks to the whole of humanity.

And yet exhilarating new ideas provide firm grounds for optimism. ‘Magic bullet’ medical technologies integrating genomics, big data and AI will transform healthcare. Energy efficient Smart Cities will replace the exhausted and polluted megalopolises of old. And new social contracts driven by digital integration promise greater fairness and equality of opportunity for all.

How to Change the World is your chance to meet the women and men behind these ground-breaking enterprises – and many more. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the ideas set to shape the twenty-first century.

 

 

 

Speakers

Prof. Lord Robert Winston

Genetically Enhancing Humans

Prof. Lord Robert Winston

Robert Winston is a world-renowned expert in fertility and genetics, currently Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. He has published over 20 popular books on science for adults and children; four of these titles have won The Royal Society prize for science publishing. He is Vice-President of the Royal College of Music and sits in the House of Lords.

Robert Winston is a world-renowned expert in fertility and genetics, currently Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. He has published over 20 popular books on science for adults and children; four of these titles have won The Royal Society prize for science publishing. He is Vice-President of the Royal College of Music and sits in the House of Lords.

Prof. Steve Evans

Making Industry Sustainable

Prof. Steve Evans

Steve Evans is an engineer working to improve the environmental impact and sustainability of industrial systems. A former designer of the world’s best ejector seats, he directs Research in Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and is an adviser to the House of Lords and numerous governments and energy start-ups.

Steve Evans is an engineer working to improve the environmental impact and sustainability of industrial systems. A former designer of the world’s best ejector seats, he directs Research in Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and is an adviser to the House of Lords and numerous governments and energy start-ups.

Dr. Ali Parsa

Future of Healthcare

Dr. Ali Parsa

Ali Parser 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. He was recently named by the Times as one its ‘100 global people to watch’.

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. He was recently named by the Times as one its ‘100 global people to watch’.

James Parr

Artificial Intelligence and the New Space Race

James Parr

James Parr is the founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies – a technology contractor that specializes in the application of emerging technologies to grand challenges. He is Director of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab (FDL) an AI research accelerator based in Silicon Valley and FDL Europe, in partnership with European Space Agency (ESA). He is also a founder of the Open Space Agency (OSA) – which is dedicated to the democratization of space exploration through citizen science and open hardware.

James Parr is the founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies – a technology contractor that specializes in the application of emerging technologies to grand challenges. He is Director of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab (FDL) an AI research accelerator based in Silicon Valley and FDL Europe, in partnership with European Space Agency (ESA). He is also a founder of the Open Space Agency (OSA) – which is dedicated to the democratization of space exploration through citizen science and open hardware.

William Sieghart

Poetry and Loneliness

William Sieghart

William Sieghart is a philanthropist and publisher. He is the founder of National Poetry Day, the Forward Poetry Prize, the Big Arts Week, Bedtime Reading Week and co-founder of StreetSmart. His bestselling book The Poetry Pharmacy brings together tried-and-true prescriptions for the heart, mind and soul.

William Sieghart is a philanthropist and publisher. He is the founder of National Poetry Day, the Forward Poetry Prize, the Big Arts Week, Bedtime Reading Week and co-founder of StreetSmart. His bestselling book The Poetry Pharmacy brings together tried-and-true prescriptions for the heart, mind and soul.

Prof. Greg Asner

Preserving Global Biodiversity

Prof. Greg Asner

Greg Asner is an award-winning ecologist whose work with governments and NGOs helps to protect ecosystems, prevent biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions. He is a staff scientist at Carnegie Mellon and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.

Greg Asner is an award-winning ecologist whose work with governments and NGOs helps to protect ecosystems, prevent biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions. He is a staff scientist at Carnegie Mellon and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.

Isabella Tree

Rewilding

Isabella Tree

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. Wilding was voted in the Smithsonian’s top ten science books and Forbes magazine’s top ten books on the environment for 2018.

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. Wilding was voted in the Smithsonian’s top ten science books and Forbes magazine’s top ten books on the environment for 2018.

Elif Shafak

Fighting for a Democratic Future

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is a novelist, journalist and political scientist whose work has been published in 50 languages. She is the most widely read female author in her mother country of Turkey, and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010. She lives in London.

Elif Shafak is a novelist, journalist and political scientist whose work has been published in 50 languages. She is the most widely read female author in her mother country of Turkey, and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010. She lives in London.

Kirsten Davis

Training Rats to Detect Tuberculosis

Kirsten Davis

Kristen Davis is founder and CEO of innovation consultancy CincQ and the former Innovation Director of the New York Times International. She is the chairwoman of the US Board of Directors for APOPO, an NGO training rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis in Angola, Cambodia and Zimbabwe.

Kristen Davis is founder and CEO of innovation consultancy CincQ and the former Innovation Director of the New York Times International. She is the chairwoman of the US Board of Directors for APOPO, an NGO training rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis in Angola, Cambodia and Zimbabwe.

Alex Stephany

How Technology Can Solve Homelessness

Alex Stephany

Alex Stephany is the Founder and CEO of Beam, the world's first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people. Beam was named by the Guardian as one of the most important social tech innovations of 2018 and the Financial Times as one of Europe’s 100 digital champions. Previously, Alex was CEO of JustPark, where he led what was the largest crowdunding round for a tech startup. He is the author of The Business of Sharing.

Alex Stephany is the Founder and CEO of Beam, the world’s first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people. Beam was named by the Guardian as one of the most important social tech innovations of 2018 and the Financial Times as one of Europe’s 100 digital champions. Previously, Alex was CEO of JustPark, where he led what was the largest crowdunding round for a tech startup. He is the author of The Business of Sharing.

Hadas Kleinman

The Power of Music

Hadas Kleinman

Hadas Kleinman is an international acclaimed, multi-talented cellist, singer and meditation facilitator. Through her unique musical style and guidance Hadas creates on stage layers of sound that takes the listener on a trip that can be best described as a journey through the unconscious, intended to soothe the soul and open one's heart.

Hadas Kleinman is an international acclaimed, multi-talented cellist, singer and meditation facilitator. Through her unique musical style and guidance Hadas creates on stage layers of sound that takes the listener on a trip that can be best described as a journey through the unconscious, intended to soothe the soul and open one’s heart.

Michael Leibreich

The Future of Energy

Michael Leibreich

Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. The founder and former CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and an entrepreneur who has helped build more than 25 companies, he also represented Britain as an Olympic skier in 1992.

Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. The founder and former CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and an entrepreneur who has helped build more than 25 companies, he also represented Britain as an Olympic skier in 1992.

Hilary Cottam

Designing a 5th Social Revolution

Hilary Cottam

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. Recognised by the WEF as a Young Global Leader, she is the author Radical Help and a visiting Professor at UCL. Hilary’s book Radical Help on the future of welfare was published in June 2018 by Little BrownUK.

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. Recognised by the WEF as a Young Global Leader, she is the author Radical Help and a visiting Professor at UCL. Hilary’s book Radical Help on the future of welfare was published in June 2018 by Little BrownUK.

Prof. Anil Seth

Understanding Consciousness

Prof. Anil Seth

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. In his work, Anil seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed nearly seven million times.

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. In his work, Anil seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed nearly seven million times.

Chetna Gala Sinha

Empowering Women and Transforming Lives

Chetna Gala Sinha

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. Today, the Mann Deshi Bank manages business of over $20 million. In January 2018, she served as a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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. Today, the Mann Deshi Bank manages business of over $20 million. In January 2018, she served as a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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