Visions of the Future

Visions of the Future

In a series of speculative discussions ranging from gender to globalisation and from Brexit to death, we ask leading authors and public intellectuals to consider the seismic shifts in society today, and put forward positive, challenging manifestos for how the world can adapt and thrive in the 21st century. Prepare to feel better informed.

Visions of the Future: India and Pakistan

Can a Partnership Ever Be Forged?

Monday 14 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Seventy years after independence from the British Empire, relations between Pakistan and India veer between cool and downright hostile. With tense borders, little trade and a history of violence haunting contemporary relations, what are the options for...

Visions of the Future: Youth Mental Health

Empowerment and Wellbeing

Wednesday 16 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Mental health problems often start during the teenage and early adult years and the stigma can be a devastating problem, stalling recovery. Building resilience is essential. Join novelist Alice Broadway, child psychiatrist, relief worker and writer...

Visions of the Future: Globalisation

Is Globalisation Leading to a New World Order?

Monday 21 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

For 500 years, the world’s political and economic power has lain with Europe and the USA. Now, according to the Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman, the world has entered ‘the Asian century’ in a dramatic reorientation...

Visions of the Future: Equality in the USA

How Can Racism Be Wiped out in the USA?

Tuesday 22 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Gary Younge is the Guardian’s editor-at-large and his book Another Day in the Death of America chronicles the America that Trump says he wants to ‘make great again’. Joining him is author of Into the Sun, novelist Deni Ellis Béchard, also the son...

Visions of the Future: The Post-Truth Age

Who Can Rebuild Our Faith in the Truth?

Wednesday 23 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Former editor of the Spectator Matthew d’Ancona has become one of Britain’s most influential columnists and his new book, Post-Truth, comes from an insider’s understanding of the art of political spin. Here he tests his ideas about how we can...

Visions of the Future: Scotland

How Can Scotland be a Beacon of Civil Society?

Thursday 24 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The 18th century philosopher Voltaire is often quoted as saying ‘we look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation’. By that, he meant ‘rules of taste in all the arts, from epic poetry to gardening.’ Does Scotland retain that reputation...

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

The Last Breath

Friday 25 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Over 50% of people say they want to die at home, yet most of us will still die in hospital. What is our relationship with death as it becomes increasingly medicalised? Many people will never see a dead body - what does that mean for our own sense of...

Visions of the Future: Libraries

How Can We Build Resilience?

Sunday 27 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

With local authority cuts impacting on public and school library services, it's time to rethink libraries for their future resilience. In this debate, Lisa Roberts from Peterborough Council talks to bestselling children's author Julia Donaldson, Pete...

Visions of the Future: Public Forums

How Can We Make Gathering Places Fit for the 21st Century?

Monday 28 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In ancient Greece, an agora was a place for public assembly; the centre for political life and for spiritual and artistic activity. Today, in a digital era when equality and freedom of speech remain fragile, how much do we need public gathering places...