“How to Understand Our Times” is a live event series collaboration between The New York Times and how to: Academy, bringing together New York Times journalists and leading figures in diverse fields to examine pressing issues in a changing world.

 

The world tells us that happiness comes from pursuing self-interest. In this talk, bestselling New York Times columnist David Brooks shows us a very different path to joy and fulfilment.

The world tells us that we should pursue our self-interest: career wins, high status, nice things. These are the goals of our first mountain. But at some point in our lives we might find that we’re not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want the things that are truly worth wanting.

This is the second mountain.

What does it mean to look beyond yourself and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence – to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to value intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom?

New York Times columnist and broadcaster David Brooks is one of the ‘most prominent public intellectuals of our time’ (Washington Post). His bestseller The Social Animal employed cutting edge social science to demolish conventional definitions of success, instead celebrating a culture of trust and humility. He joins how to: Academy to help us walk a new road to joy and fulfilment by nourishing deep commitments – to family, to our vocation, to a philosophy and to our community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover why we were really put on this earth, guided by one of the wisest and most gifted thinkers of our age.

 

 

 

 


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Speakers

David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and frequent broadcaster. His previous books include the bestsellers The Social Animal and Bobos in Paradise. His New York Times columns reach over 800,000 readers across the globe.

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and frequent broadcaster. His previous books include the bestsellers The Social Animal and Bobos in Paradise. His New York Times columns reach over 800,000 readers across the globe.

Hannah MacInnes

Hannah MacInnes

Hannah is a regular interviewer for the How to Academy and at other major literary festivals and events, chairing interviews, panels and debates across a wide range of subjects and current issues.

Before going Freelance she worked for over 7 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.

She also curates and runs other spoken word events in London and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS.

Hannah is a regular interviewer for the How to Academy and at other major literary festivals and events, chairing interviews, panels and debates across a wide range of subjects and current issues.

 

Before going Freelance she worked for over 7 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.

 

She also curates and runs other spoken word events in London and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS.

 

Venue

Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham Street London SW1P 3DW