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Theme: Where Inspiration Meets Action

This event occurred on
March 19, 2011
8:45am - 5:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
London, LND
United Kingdom

An inspirational day of talks, performance and films. Speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines - scientists, actors, philosophers, musicians, neuro-scientists and environmentalists. This 'Festival of Ideas' will be a day-long event designed to challenge, engage and inspire. It will feature speakers from Britain, America, France and South Africa delivering talks ranging from 6 to 18 minutes.
To search out new ideas for the new decade. To find out some of the new thoughts that will shape our near future. These are people who have turned dreams into actions. This is where inspiration meets action.
Our speakers will deliver talks on an eclectic range of issues from the importance of race and land-ownership in South Africa to the ways dance can make us change the way we think. This will be an opportunity to hear from people who are thinking and acting their way through new challenges - environmental, mathematical, cultural, psychological, political.

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Born Clifford Joseph Price, he spent his early years shuttling between children's homes and foster care. His brother ended up in jail, but at the age of 15 Goldie encountered an art teacher who helped spark a passion which he still has today. "God knows where I'd be without art. I can't even bring myself to think about it."

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish

A Palestinian doctor and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He lost his three daughters in January 2009 in a bombing raid during the Israeli incursion into Gaza. Since the death of his daughters he has pledged to wage peace in the Middle East.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a campaigner for the global efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality. She has just emerged from 13 years at Downing Street. Her focus is on building on the success and profile of the Global Maternity Mortality Campaign to get enough done to have some chance of getting close to the Millennium Goals.

Russell Davies

Davies is a head of planning at Ogilvy, a founder of Newspaper Club, a contributing editor at Wired UK and a failed pop star. He's made advertising for Nike and Honda, and blogged about How To Be Interesting. "The easiest way to make the world the way we want it is just to pretend it's already happened."

MJ Delaney

More than 2.5m people watched MJ Delaney's video in just a couple of weeks. Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind), a gentle spoof of Alicia Keys and Jay Z's Empire State of Mind, which extolled the charms of Newport, South Wales was one of the biggest internet hits of 2010. She tells us why.

Cory Doctorow

The co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the Teens/HarperCollins UK novels For the Win and the bestselling Little Brother. In an age of social media where, for children, even the private is public, how can we protect them from themselves - and Big Money?

Jason Drew

An international businessman and serial entrepreneur who, having retired early after two heart attacks, became a passionate environmentalist and visionary. He decided to devote his energies to solving the world's fish-stock crisis. Can larvae really save the oceans from over-fishing?

Mariella Frostrup

Heard the one about...? Mariella has. Over the last 10 years Observer readers have poured out their hearts to our agony aunt. In turn she has replied with real empathy, understanding and warmth. She tells us what she's learned.

Peter Lovatt

The head of the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire. There, he explores the role of dance in mate selection, the scientific basis of "dad dancing", and whether dancing can actually change the way we think.

Baaba Maal

Women are at the centre of making things in Africa. So too are the continent's youth. It''s not about gender and age - it's all about culture. Baaba Mal will speak and illustrate his talk with a short performance.

Geoff Mulgan

We know what it means to be physically fit. But what does it mean to be psychologically fit? "All of the evidence shows that although economic wealth has some impact on happiness, it’s not as important as social wealth – the people we can turn to for help, care, fun and love." Are we ready to embrace new types of happiness?

Petra Nemcova

Nemcova has been a key motivation and drive behind the charity Happy Hearts Fund since her personal experience of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. She'll talk about the need to educate children on how best to protect themselves against the threats of natural disasters. If we fail, she believes, it's a "crime against our children".

Lewis Pugh

Environmental campaigner, endurance swimmer and maritime lawyer who last year swam across a recently formed lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to melting glaciers in the Himalayas. He will talk about why he swims, and stands, for the future of the planet.

Rene Redzepi

Herb yoghurt, anyone? Radishes in edible soil? His restaurant Noma is famous for its use of local produce and the effort that staff put into foraging for local herbs and spices.

Mark Solms

After spending many years in the UK researching the inner workings of the brain and mind, Solms returned to South Africa to tackle problems of a different sort: the enduring legacy of colonialism and apartheid on his family's wine estate.

Cédric Villani

The Fields Medal is often called the Nobel Prize for maths, but it's only awarded every four years, and just 52 mathematicians have ever received it: all for outstanding work completed before the age of 40. Villani is the latest recipient. We'll find out why.

Martine Wright

She lost both legs in the 7/7 attack at Aldgate station, but since then she has married, become a mother, trained as a pilot, and completed a parachute jump. She is now training to represent Britain in volleyball at the London Paralympic Games. Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Andy Serkis

Best known for his portrayal of Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He'll explain why "performance capture" – the technique used to bring digital characters to life using an actor's emotions, facial expressions and physical movement – will change the face of film and live arts.

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London, United Kingdom


London, United Kingdom