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Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Somaliland: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Hay Festival 2017, 

This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. And it’s an antidote to the constant cycle of pessimism about Africa that dominates the Western thought on the current state of the continent.  How did the country move from famine, poverty and war to a thriving and prosperous multi-party democracy? Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong; Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist.

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

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Niall Ferguson

The Barclays Wealth Lecture: Civilization – The West and The Rest

Hay Festival 2011, 
If the West’s ascendancy over the last 500 years is based on six ‘killer applications’ – competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic – then what happens now?
 
Read an article by Niall Ferguson www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/

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Emma Bridgewater, Hugh Peachey, Mike Moody and Daniel Butler

The 2009 Country Living Magazine Discussion: Thatcher, Farrier, Cooper…Call Centre Worker?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Rural skills are under threat, and without training for a new generation of craftspeople, the traditions we treasure will exist only in tales of days gone by. Chaired by countryside writer Daniel Butler, who talks to Hugh Peachey, gypsy wagon restorer and stonemason, Mike Moody, chair of the National Heritage Training Group, and entrepreneur Emma Bridgewater. Followed by a single malt whisky sampling by The Balvenie.

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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

And the Weak Suffer What They Must

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former Finance Minister of Greece shows that the origins of the European collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit – and that we have done nothing so far to fix it.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

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Howard Davies and Danny Quah

LSE Lecture: Banks, Booms and Busts – Where Next for the Global Economy?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The London School of Economics academics debate the financial crisis and give their views on when and how the world economy will emerge from the current collapse. Chaired by Adam Austerfield.

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Amartya Sen

The Guardian Sessions: The Impartial Spectator and The Global Mess

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished Nobel Economics laureate discusses Adam Smith and the current financial crisis.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Prisonomics

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Prisonomics provides a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. Convicted for taking her former husband Chris Huhne’s speeding points, Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist’s perspective. She talks to journalist Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

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John Kay, Nick Robins and James Marriott chaired by Andrew Simms

The Dark City

Hay Festival 2009, 
Does the behaviour of a handful of investors in the City of London hold the key to our collective survival? With economist John Kay, sustainable investor Nick Robins and art activist James Marriott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.

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Kate Humble, Richard Smith, Marcus du Sautoy and Mark Watson

Powering The Country: Kate, Richard, Marcus And Mark Try To Keep The Lights On

Hay Festival 2013, 

What would you do if you had to power the UK? Kate, Marcus and Mark get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

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Jane Davidson, Margaret Lloyd-Jones, Stephen Moss and Derek Moore

The Language Of Conservation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How should we be talking about the crisis within our natural environment? How can we make nature as popular as sport and as politically relevant as health? Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

Measuring the World We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2000, the member countries of the United Nations set themselves a challenge: achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, to improve the lives of the world’s citizens. What’s next for our global ambitions, our post-2015 goals? How can we describe the world we want, to achieve sustainable development, track our progress and hold governments everywhere to account? The former head of statistics at UNESCO, an adviser to the United Nations, and the CEO of Oxfam talk to Hetan Shah, the chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society.

Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

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Monty Don, Andrew Simms and Revel Guest talk to Stewart Wallis

An Environmental War Economy

Hay Festival 2009, 
What can Britain’s experience of World War II teach us about conservation and thriving during times of adversity? Garden guru Monty Don, author and nef Policy Director Andrew Simms and senior film producer Revel Guest talk to nef Executive Director Stewart Wallis. KBO.

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Christiana Figueres talks to Nick Stern

The British Academy Platform: We’ll Always Have Paris

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, who is now charged with delivering the COP21 Agreement, signed in Paris.  If anyone can do it, she can. And she will.

Christiana Figueres talks to Nick Stern

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Annie Leonard talks to Jo Fox

The Story of Stuff

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist and film-maker tracks the life of the stuff we use every day, revealing the often hidden impacts of our production and consumption patterns. In conversation with Jo Fox, Deputy Director of The Bigger Picture at Sky.

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Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

India’s Hard Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tharoor is a renowned politician and author of The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica and From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest collection of essays, written during Narendra Modi’s premiership, is India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time. Faleiro is author of Beautiful Thing and 13 Men – a report on gang rape in West Bengal. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

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Conferencia del LSE: Martin Jacques y “El crecimiento de China”

Alhambra 2009, 
El columnista de The Guardian, Visiting Fellow en London School of Economics and Political Science, y colaborador de The New Statesman
hablará sobre su libro acerca de la modernidad en Asia y el surgimiento de China como nueva potencia global. Presentado por Adam Austerfield, Director de Proyectos de LSE Enterprise.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Juan José Ibarretxe

How To Change a Country: An Exclusive Hay Masterclass by the Basque President

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Basque Country in the early 1980s was a nation beset by conflict, its economy in ruins. Three decades later and it’s a nation at peace and second only to Luxembourg in Europe’s prosperity stakes. And all this with an equality index on a par with Scandinavia. Come and hear how they did it from the man who led the country from the opening of the Guggenheim to the eve of ETA’s lasting ceasefire. What are the lessons for other countries? You may be surprised… Chaired by Adam Price.

Juan José Ibarretxe

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Simon Schama

The Guardian Sessions: The American Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian offers a profound and revelatory analysis in his History from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Adama Bah, Angus Davison and Richard Harvey hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Time to reconsider: Is there a better way of doing business in Africa?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ledbury organic fruit producer Haygrove and the Hereford-based international development charity Concern Universal have created a superb model for African Trade with their pioneering ‘Gambia is Good’ project, supporting 1,000 subsistence farmers across the country, supplying nearly half of the tourist market.

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Jeremy Davies, Steve Colling and Jane Davidson

Changing Consumer: Changing Language

Hay Festival 2011, 
Does the emerging language around the low carbon future and how we use energy capture our hearts and minds, convey meaning and drive change? Or leave us cold, cynical and disorientated? New research by E.ON and Onearth explores what turns on and turns off consumers when thinking about energy. Chaired by BBC environment correspondent David Shukman.

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Muhammad Yunus

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize-winning pioneer of microfinance and founder of the Grameen Bank talks to Nicholas Stern.

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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Hay Festival 2017, 

As Greek finance minister, Varoufakis confronted the EU head-on over debt. He tells a tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal, and he issues an urgent call to renew European democracy.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

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Chris Patten

What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Hay Festival 2009, 
Migration, climate, conflict, and the myriad challenges for the global communities. The former EU Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong is now co-Chair of the International Crisis Group. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.

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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What If Money Grew On Trees

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? The New Economics Foundation fellow and the co-author of What If Money Grew On Trees talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

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Alistair Sawday, Barbara Haddrill and Elaine Brook talk to Andy Fryers

How Green is my Money?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can eco-friendly lifestyles be more enjoyable and healthy, better quality and actually less expensive than our current planet-guzzling habits? Alastair Sawday looks at the ‘Go Slow’ food and lifestyle movement in Italy, Barbara Haddrill tells tales of her aviation-free journey to Australia, and Elaine Brook explores how businesses themselves are cooperating to develop a radically new enterprise culture.