Mon, 13 January 2020

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Stop Reading the News (and Enjoy a Happier, Calmer and Wiser Life)

Rolf Dobelli In Conversation with Matthew d’Ancona


Art Worker's Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

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News is the sugar of the mind. The bestselling author of The Art of Thinking Clearly is here to teach us how to give up this source of anxiety and disruption in favour of calmness and real insight.

If you’re looking to make a change 2020 that will leave you less anxious and more focussed, then why not try a news detox?

We live in the world of the 24-hour news cycle. Checking the news headlines is one of the first things we do when we wake up, and one of the last things we do before we go to sleep. Throughout the day, push notifications on our phones will inform us about an earthquake hitting on the other side of the world, or the newly-crowned winners of Love Island. We tune into minute-by-minute updates on the latest Brexit speech, we scroll through breaking news items on social media. We do all this because we have to. Right?

Wrong. Internationally bestselling author and entrepreneur Rolf Dobelli has not read the news for over 10 years. He returns to How To Academy to expose the dangers of the most toxic form of information – news. He shows the damage it does to our concentration and well-being, and how a misplaced sense of duty can misdirect our behaviour. He’ll teach us how to live without news, and the many potential gains to be had: less disruption, more time, less anxiety, more insights. In a world of increasing disruption and division, Dobelli’s is a welcome voice of calm and wisdom.