Packed full of tips for anyone looking for radical ways to innovate in the digital age, this talk will reveal ideas for creating positive disruptive change from the world’s most inspiring leaders. Read more.
Forget luck. Forget talent. Five scientifically-proven laws govern success in life. In this essential talk, you’ll discover what they are – and how to leverage them to your advantage. Why does the last interviewee almost always get the job? Why, in successful teams, does one person get the lion’s share of the credit? Are expensive private schools really worth it? In the age of big data, the myth of meritocracy is finally crumbling. We can finally see that success, like chemistry and physics, is determined by scientific principles. Eminent network scientist Albert-László Barabási has uncovered five laws that drive success in today’s society. Uniting everyone from the ace fight pilot The Red Baron to graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, these unspoken rules govern who truly gets ahead and why, forming a new foundation to explain how and why people excel. Barabási’s research is set to radically transform the way we think about human achievement. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear it first – and put it to the test in your own life. Read more.
Fans of Steven Pinker and Yuval Noah Harari ought not to miss this eloquent blueprint for building a brighter future from Britain’s most farsighted and philosophical engineer, Lord John Browne. Read more.
Mary Norris, long-time copy editor of The New Yorker and beloved proof-reader of Philip Roth joins the how to: Academy to teach us the mysteries of the semicolon, the places a comma should (and shouldn’t) be seen, and the purpose of the enigmatic dots that hover over the word naïve. Read more.
In this talk on the oratorical skills of a variety of brilliant women from Michelle Obama to Virginia Woolf, Viv Groskop will pinpoint exactly what it is that these women do to get their audience to sit up and really listen - and then advise you how to apply their qualities to your own lives. Read more.
The acclaimed historian takes us on a journey through the history of the human imagination, from the dawn of civilization to the advent of social media. To imagine – to see that which is not there – is the startling ability that has fuelled human development and innovation through the centuries. As a species we stand alone in our remarkable capacity to refashion the world after the pictures in our minds. Traversing the realms of science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history, Felipe Fernández-Armesto reveals the thrilling and disquieting tales of our imaginative leaps – from the first Homo sapiens to the pioneers of the digital age. Through ground-breaking insights in cognitive science, he explores how and why we have ideas in the first place, providing a tantalising glimpse into who we are and what we might yet accomplish. Praise for the works of Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Are you intellectually curious, but very busy? Would you have liked to understand the biggest questions about the history of the last 200,000 years, but you don’t have the time required to read 97 different fat books to tell you the answers? Are you looking for just one book that will summarize it all? Then this is your book! It’s exciting, up-to-date, and well-written. You’ll love it! (Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday) Read more.
In 1985, Colonel Oleg Gordievsky - chief of the KGB’s London station – was summoned to Moscow. He arrived, fearing for his life. For Gordievsky was a secret British spy who suspected his Russian masters were onto him – and he was right. Read more.