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 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.
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."
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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?
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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