Telling New Stories

Telling New Stories

How do we live with technology without being dominated by it? How do we cherish democracy but avoid the tyranny of the majority? And how do we reap the benefits of globalisation without losing our identities? We need new stories to guide us through the complex maze of modernity. This strand brings together a dazzling array of world-leading thinkers to help find them.

We have collaborated with a range of partners: with The Policy Institute at King’s College London to interrogate notions of trust, democracy, mental health and Brexit; with the Disasters Emergency Committee to look at international aid, climate crisis and humanitarianism; and with author and social activist Hilary Cottam, to interrogate the so-called ‘5th industrial revolution’ with radical re-imaginings of our economic, social and cultural futures. Finally, in an exciting new partnership with The New York Times, we examine some modern-day challenges: the environment, gender, human rights and the role of China.

Kit de Waal with Damian Barr

Class Acts

Saturday 10 August 17:45 - 18:45

The publishing world is finally waking up to the barriers that have prevented working class voices from being heard in books. Kit de Waal grew up in Birmingham’s Irish community and she has successfully broken into the mainstream with two highly...
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The Future of Humanitarianism

Providing aid to those in need

Saturday 10 August 19:30 - 21:00

Russ Litten & Chris McQueer

In the Margins

Saturday 10 August 20:30 - 21:30

Chris McQueer’s short, side-splitting stories keep coming in HWFG, the follow-up to debut Hings. Nurtured in Scotland’s spoken word scene and described as ‘Charlie Brooker on Buckfast’, his stories illuminate lives on the margins. Novelist Russ...

Paul Collier & Colin Mayer

Business of Corporations

Tuesday 13 August 14:00 - 15:00

A University of Oxford business professor, Colin Mayer is well placed to understand trends and he senses a shift towards businesses serving societies more. Paul Collier, a professor of economics and public policy, who has recently received a knighthood...

Privacy: Trade-offs in the Digital Era

Making Sense of Tech Futures

Wednesday 14 August 19:30 - 21:00

With companies and governments gaining new powers to follow people online, the costs are becoming clearer. Now The New York Times is embarking on The Privacy Project for a deeper understanding of a world without personal boundaries. The New York Times...

Martin Moore & Jamie Susskind

Politics in the digital realm

Thursday 15 August 14:00 - 15:00

The landscape of global politics is never stable; yet in the digital age, uncertainty about the direction it will take is rich fodder for debate. Join director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, Martin Moore, with his book...

Mark Boyle & Marc Hamer

The country files

Thursday 15 August 16:00 - 17:00

Could you abandon the online world and get back to nature for good? Mark Boyle, founder of the online Freeconomy community and author of The Way Home, tried leaving behind his car, phone and electricity to build a new life with his bare hands. Also a...