Humans don’t always behave as you expect them to. Sometimes their responses and actions are completely irrational – we don’t always make perfect decisions – but the model we base everything on is a rational one. Why? If we design our systems, our government, and all the products and services we use for perfect, rational people, is it any wonder they aren’t working? The Stanford academic and political advisor believes that change is possible and necessary: that we can create a more local, more accountable, more human way of living that will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.
Lisa reprises her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play Not I, which she performed to rave reviews earlier this year at London’s The Royal Court. Followed by Q&A session with Elizabeth Hunt.
‘It was a privilege to hear her’ – 5-star review from Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
Rosa María Calaf, former correspondent for Spanish broadcaster TVE and president of the Barcelona International Press Centre, Olga Rodríguez, a journalist and writer who specialises in the Middle East and Mayte Carrasco, a reporter in conflict zones (Telecinco television network and the newspaper Público) and researcher at the IECAH (Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflicto y Acción Humanitaria – Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action), will talk about journalism, women and wars with the journalist Aurelio Martín.
This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, author of The Idea of Justice and Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
The creation, growth and influence of this still-thriving major grouping of Welsh artists, founded in 1956. Illustrated with images by the artists.
The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.
Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.
The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.
In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.