Sat, 14 September 2019

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

How To Change Your Life Festival 2019

with Caitlin Moran, Jess Phillips and many more


Royal Geographical Society

1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

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“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change… We need not wait to see what others do.” – Gandhi

Trapped in the rat race. Bombarded by bad news. Exhausted by society’s insistence that we give, give, give and get nothing back. Is it any wonder that stress and depression are global health emergencies?

At How To Academy, we believe it’s time to fight back against the rising tide of anxiety and despair. That’s why we’ve partnered with The New York Times to create a new kind of festival – one dedicated to the philosophy of being the change you want to see.

We’ve brought together a spectacular line-up from across the globe to share insights for shaking up lives, careers, and society as a whole.

You’ll attend masterclasses and keynotes filled with evidence-based ideas for invigorating your physical and emotional health, and growing in compassion, courage and resilience.

You’ll meet eminent entrepreneurs and business psychologists, who’ll teach the skills required to thrive in the world of 2019: from leadership to resilience, communication to coping with overload.

And you’ll hear from globally renowned politicians, artists and activists on what part you can play in the fight for a better future.

This isn’t a day of self-improvement for its own sake: it’s a day of self-improvement for the sake of the planet. The battle for equality, climate justice, and the future of democracy begin with the individual – but before you can change the world, you first need to change yourself. Join us for one unforgettable day in September, and we’ll show you how.

As part of our collaboration with The New York Times, take advantage of a special digital subscription offer. With investigative reporting and analysis from experts in the field, The Times uncovers the stories that impact the world.

Our Programme

Susie Orbach

Accepting Our Bodies

Susie Orbach is the author of the international bestseller FAT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE and the recipient of the British Psychoanalytic Council’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. >>

Caitlin Moran

How to Be Famous

Caitlin Moran is a TIMES columnist, bestselling memoirist, and award winning critic whose books include HOW TO BUILD A GIRL and MORANIFESTO.

Jess Phillips MP

Speaking Truth to Power

Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess has earned a reputation for plain speaking since being elected, unfazed by threats and calling out sexist attitudes. >>

Baroness Warsi

On Entrepreneurship

A cabinet minister under David Cameron, now a Baroness in the House of Lords, Sayeeda Warsi is also a distinguished laywer and entrepreneur.

Mary Robinson

Climate Justice

The first woman to hold the office of President of Ireland, Mary Robinson is chair of the Elders – the group of elite global statesmen who employ their expertise to advocate for critical global issues.

Rangan Chatterjee

The Stress Solution

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a GP, bestselling author and BBC broadcaster whose pioneering work in the field of progressive medicine is changing the way we think about illness and health.

Tony Crabbe

Taking Control of your Career

Bestselling business psychologist who specialises in delivering lasting behavioural change at companies including Disney, Microsoft and News Corp.

Connson Locke

Building Presence and Authority

LSE lecturer and consultant Connson Locke is a specialist in unlocking the power of nonverbal communication to exert power, influence and charisma.

Dr. Pippa Malmgren

The Art of Leadership

Dr. Pippa Malmgren is the co-founder of H Robotics, which makes autonomous aerial intelligence systems. Her book THE LEADERSHIP LAB was named Business Book of the Year.

Tim Herrera

Smarter Living

New York Times journalist Tim Herrera is the founding editor of Smarter Living, where he edits and reports stories about living a better, more fulfilling life.

Anna Percy Davis

Mastering Resilience and Mental Focus

With a background in investment banking and recruitment, Anna Percy-Davis is a Leading Executive and Careers Coach specialising in improving performance and unlocking potential.

Rachel Botsman

Who Can You Trust?

An Oxford University Said Business School fellow and WEF Young Global Leader, Rachel Botsman is a world renowned authority on trust.

Claudia Hammond

Mind Over Money

An award-winning writer and lecturer, Claudia Hammond is BBC Radio 4’s voice of psychology, presenting ALL IN THE MIND and MIND CHANGERS.

Viv Groskop

How to Own the Room

Comedian, broadcaster, and host of the hit podcast HOW TO OWN THE ROOM, Viv also works as an executive coach with women across business, media and advertising.

Kimberley Motley

Fighting for Justice in a Warzone

Kimberley Motley is an American lawyer and former beauty queen who has made headlines around the world with her ground-breaking legal work in Afghanistan and beyond.

Edie Lush

How to Speak With Confidence in Public

Edie Lush is a communication and personal development coach. She works with clients to make them conscious and consistent in the way they present themselves in their professional lives. >>

Scarlett Curtis

Feminists Wear Pink

Scarlett Curtis is the curator of bestselling anthology FEMINISTS DON’T WEAR PINK (AND OTHER LIES), featuring new writing from women in the worlds of activism, Hollywood and the arts. >>

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.

Bruce Hood

Why We Want More Than We Need

Bruce Hood is a professor of Developmental Psychology in Society at the University of Bristol and the author of SUPERSENSE, THE SELF ILLUSION and THE DOMESTICATED BRAIN. >>

Robert Rowland Smith

Identifying the Recurring Patterns that Govern Our Behaviour

Robert Rowland Smith writes about philosophy, psychology and literature. His seven books include BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES, DEATH-DRIVE, THE REALITY TEST and AUTOBIOPHILOSOPHY. >>