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Theme: Connections

This event occurred on
May 9, 2014
7:00pm - 11:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
London, LND
United Kingdom

A connection is a relationship between one or more things. It is the action of linking one, with another. It is when a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else in any number of ways. It can be physical, emotional, abstract, romantic, smart or even illogical. Over the last decade humans have connected in unprecedented ways. With social media and online tools facilitating communication, we have seen these transform everyday activities like planning a night out to having huge societal impact like facilitating entire revolutions. Science has also advanced the way we understand connections with the world and with other people, but also within ourselves and our nature and origins. It has answered old questions about where we come from as a people and a species, opened new questions as to why and how different parts of our bodies communicate, and elucidated what we are in our shared DNA with other species. In a time where people are ever more able to connect with each other and yet more are alienating themselves and others, we are in need of an exploration of all these changes.

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Peter Worley

Peter Worley BA MA FRSA is a philosopher, author and educator. Peter is co-founder and CEO of award winning educational charity The Philosophy Foundation and President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children. He is the author of five books, all practical guides to doing philosophy in the classroom. Peter developed the method of Philosophical Enquiry that is at the heart of The Philosophy Foundation’s work, as captured in his first book The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom. His second and third books, The If Odyssey and The Philosophy Shop were both shortlisted for Educational Book of the Year, 2013, and The Philosophy Shop won this prize, as well as Best Anthology Prize 2012, and Best Philosophy Book 2012. In 2014 his fifth book Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook was released and was shortlisted for Educational Book of the Year. As CEO he represents the charity worldwide, trains philosophy graduates and classroom teachers, whilst leading TPF in its mission to transform thinking in education. Peter is resident philosopher at 4 state primary schools in Lewisham, visiting philosopher at Wellington College and Eagle House School, and has been a visiting lecturer at St Mary’s College, London. He has delivered training for philosophy departments across the UK, including Edinburgh, Warwick, Oxford Brookes and Birmingham Universities.

Nick Werle

Nick Werle moved to Goodenough College from Brooklyn, New York, where he investigated bank fraud and other white collar crimes in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. As a Marshall Scholar, Nick is spending two years in London, reading first for an MSc in economic policy at University College London and then for an MSc in risk and finance at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He completed his undergraduate studies in physics and modern critical philosophy at Brown University in the USA. When he can get away, Nick enjoys long distance backpacking and cooking.

Marisa Peer

There are few female speakers today who can claim the wide expertise and profound audience reach of Marisa Peer. With nearly three decades of work as a therapist behind her – helping rock stars, royalty, Olympians, and leading CEOs overcome phobias, addiction, childhood traumas, and relationship problems – Marisa has an unparalleled ability to connect with each of her audience members on an individual level. Marisa’s own life story is direct proof of what serves as her main message: that the thoughts and words we choose have a direct impact on how our lives play out. After being told in school she was physically inept and would never amount to anything, Marisa went on to become the top trainer at the renowned Pineapple Dance Studio in both London and New York and then worked for Jane Fonda in Los Angeles at the height of the fitness craze. Using her firm belief that the body does precisely what the mind tells it to, Marisa had her daughter Phaedra after numerous specialists insisted she would never get pregnant. She also used this very same philosophy to overcome two life-threatening illnesses and has helped many people do the same. Further proof of Marisa’s success is not hard to come by. Her accolades include being listed in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Practitioners, being the only woman included in Men’s Health’s “Best of British” list, and listed as the leading practitioner for mental health in London’s Time Out Guide. Her bestselling books have been translated into Swedish, German, Icelandic, and Korean, with her “Ultimate Confidence” title being used as a core curriculum component in the Korean education system.

Matthew Godwin

Matt is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at UCL and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Matt has been variously employed as a public servant, lobbyist and political staffer. Beginning as an undergraduate member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, for more than a decade Matt has been involved in fraternal associations in North America and the United Kingdom.

Alice Holmberg

To design is to vividly experience what doesn’t exist yet, says Alice Holmberg and as a designer and entrepreneur, she has rich scope for doing so. She is one of these big picture people who can’t just leave it alone and says she co-established an entirely new university institute because the understanding of design needed a paradigm shift, was analysing post-colonial national identity building and its personal expression out of crude curiosity, has been playing a key part in building up a London based charity, because local people’s creativity deserve a voice in change happening around them and you will find her advising start-ups simply because the world misses out without them. Her enthusiasm for storytelling and crafts shines through all of her undertakings, but nowhere more than in her own newly founded venture, Pride & Produce, which connects rural artisans and makers worldwide to the experience economy. Born and bred in Denmark, she has lived the better part of the last decades in Germany, Bangladesh, Greece and the UK, where she is currently based. Alice has been awarded membership of the German National Academic Foundation and is a fellow of the RSA.

Evan Kassof

Evan Kassof is a composer of contemporary music based in London. Originally from south Florida, he studied physics and music composition at the University of Florida, worked in the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration, and is now finishing a Master in Music composition from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Since moving to London, he has worked to incorporate his love and knowledge of physics into a musical language that is artistically robust. His recent projects include a brass septet; a trio for horn, violin, and piano; three percussion duets; a large orchestral work; a site-specific work in Tenerife; and an opera. Beyond composition for its own sake, Evan is interested in using his music to explore new ways of experiencing and learning about art and the universe. Ultimately, he hopes that his music serves as a means to understand not only the physical universe, but to also understand our complex relationship with the world around us.

Emma Whipday

Emma Whipday is an AHRC-funded PhD Candidate at UCL, researching violent homes in Shakespeare’s tragedies, the genre of domestic tragedy and early modern popular culture. She has published on the representation of neighbourhood in news pamphlets in the essay collection News in Early Modern Europe, and has spoken at conferences in the UK and the USA. Emma recently directed a production of ‘The Tragedy of Thomas Merry’ using early modern rehearsal methods.

Freyja Cox Jensen

Freyja Cox Jensen is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Exeter. She has published on various aspects of sixteenth and seventeenth century intellectual, social, and cultural history, and is now working on several projects engaging with reading, writing, publishing, and performance in the period. She read Ancient and Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford, from 2002-2005, before going on to complete an MSt and DPhil there. After a year spent as a Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford, she returned to Christ Church in 2010 to take up a Junior Research Fellowship, before commencing her post at Exeter in 2012.

David Trumble

Twenty-eight year old David Trumble is an international award-winning cartoonist, author and illustrator, who rose to critical acclaim at the age of 21 as the youngest political cartoonist to work at the Sun Newspaper, one of the largest newspapers in the world with a daily readership of eight million. Trumble currently works as both an illustrator and author, having sold nearly a million children’s books. In addition, he writes and draws thought-provoking cartoons for the Huffington Post, which have garnered millions of views, and been featured internationally through media outlets that include The Today Show, Upworthy, NBS’s iVillage, The Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel, The Boston Globe and The Sunday Times in the UK. Described as a “mega-watt talent” and a “consummate professional” by publishers, Trumble’s recent illustrations for a Simon & Schuster book soared to the number one spot on Amazon’s “Mover & Shaker” list.

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