Thu, 28 November 2019

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

How to Change the World 2019

with Malcolm Gladwell, Robert Winston, and many more


Royal Geographical Society,

1 Kensington Gore, London


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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. How are Artificial Intelligence and genetic engineering set to transform healthcare? How will rewilding, the clean energy revolution, and advances in ecological and material science help us fight the climate crisis? What new political ideas and social innovations offer the best solution the perils of global poverty, and of populism? Our guests will answer all these questions – and many more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the ideas set to shape the twenty-first century.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath.>>

Ali Parsa

Future of Healthcare

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.

Hilary Cottam

Designing the 5th Social Revolution

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.

Chetna Gala Sinha

Empowering Women and Transforming Lives

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.

Anil Seth

Understanding Consciousness

Anil Seth is a neuroscientist who seeks to understand consciousness by bringing together research across mathematics, computer science and philosophy.

Noam Chomsky

Filmed Interview

The world’s most famous radical philosopher, and a renowned linguist and cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky will appear at the conference via an exclusive filmed interview.

Steve Evans

Making Industry Sustainable

Steve Evans directs Research in Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and is an adviser to the House of Lords and many other governments.

Michael Liebreich

The Future of Energy

The founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy smart infrastructure, and climate finance.

Kristen Davis

APOPO - We Train Rats to Save Lives

Kristen Davis is the chairwoman of the US Board of Directors for APOPO HeroRATs, an NGO training rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis around the globe.

Greg Asner

Preserving Global Biodiversity

Greg Asner is an award-winning ecologist who works with governments and NGOs to protect ecosystems and reduce carbon emissions.

Elif Shafak

Fighting for a Democratic Future

Elif Shafak is a novelist, journalist and political scientist whose work has been published in 50 languages. >>

Robert Winston

Genetically Enhancing Humans

Robert Winston is a world-renowned expert in fertility and genetics. He is Vice-President of the Royal College of Music and sits in the House of Lords.

James Parr

Artificial Intelligence and The New Space Race

James Parr is the CEO of Trillium Technologies, and Director of the Frontier Development Lab (NASA).

Alex Stephany

How Technology Can Solve Homelessness

Alex Stephany is the Founder and CEO of Beam, the world’s first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people.

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.

Hadas Kleinman

Closing Musical Keynote

Hadas Kleinman is an international acclaimed, multi-talented cellist, singer and meditation facilitator.