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Thinking on Monday: Adventures in the Anthropocene

Brockway Room, Conway Hall

A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we Made. We live in epoch-making times. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince decided to travel the world at the start of this new age to see what life is really like for the people on the frontline of the planet we’ve made. From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created. These stories show what the Anthropocene means for all of us – and they illuminate how we might engineer Earth for our future. Gaia’s talk marks the reissue of her award winning book Adventures in the Anthropocene which will be available on the night from Newham Bookshop. — Doors 7.15pm. Start 7.30 pm. Entry £8, £4 concessions (free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members, who should book these tickets in advance. Event is subject to capacity, without exceptions. Space will be reserved for ticket holders. Brockway Room (Ground floor – accessible. Induction loop audio). — https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thinking-on-monday-adventures-in-the-anthropocene-a-journey-to-the-heart-of-the-planet-we-made-tickets-53296444099?aff=meetup

I’m A Joke And So Are You

Brockway Room, Conway Hall

Comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? In this touching and witty book, I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience - no matter how strange we worry it may be! Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has won the Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Live show and has won three Chortle Awards. He has toured his stand up across the world from Oslo to LA to Sydney, both solo and with his radio double act partner, Professor Brian Cox. He is the radio critic for the Big Issue and appears regularly on both television and radio. He has two top-ten iTunes podcast series to his name. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/im-a-joke-and-so-are-you-tickets-52394427142?aff=meetup-com

Out-of-the-Box Thinking: Future Work in the Digital World

Brockway Room, Conway Hall

In the eighth event of our Out-of-the-Box Thinking series, co-hosted with GlobalNet21 and London Futurists, Dr Becky Faith, David Wood and Charles Radclyffe will discuss the future of work in an age of big data and artificial intelligence that will see a major shift in work patterns and employment Over the next twenty years, we are likely to witness some of the most significant disruptions to the workforce and work as we know it in recent memory. This has been fuelled by the demographic and socioeconomic trends of the past decade, like rapid urbanisation and globalisation, coupled with even faster advances in technology from mobile internet to increased automation and machine learning. Automation, digitisation, and trade have dramatically reshaped how firms organise, operate, and compete over the past couple of decades. These changes, in turn, have had dramatic consequences for labour. While popular media often describe dystopian futures in which robots have all the jobs, a consideration of episodes of automation in the past suggests that many jobs will be replaced, but many more new jobs will be created. Important questions remain, however, about how automation, digitisation, and trade will affect households, firms, and geographies, including the potential for increased inequality and differential effects by race, gender, and socioeconomic background. Dr Becky Faith is a Research Fellow and C0-Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change. David Wood is the Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, and is now a renowned futurist commentator. He has a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge, and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science. In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015. Charles Radclyffe www.dataphilos.com is the Head of AI at Fidelity International and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on the subject of Digital Ethics and gave a TEDx on why we should think differently about the impact of robots and jobs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwvFvQ3M3o). This meeting is free to all members of GlobalNet21 and Conway Hall Ethical society but there is a five pounds entrance charge to all others. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/out-of-the-box-thinking-future-work-in-the-digital-world-tickets-55015302250

Depression in a Digital Age – The Highs and Lows of Perfectionism

Brockway Room, Conway Hall

Fiona Thomas grew up without an iPhone, used actual landlines to make calls, and didn’t have Facebook during her adolescent years. But though her childhood took place in an analogue world, she found herself suffering from the same problems many young people face today; the race for perfectionism, high levels of anxiety, a fear of success. After an unfulfilling university experience, a stressful beginning in a management career, and a severe case of impostor syndrome, Fiona suffered a nervous breakdown in her mid-twenties. Amongst therapy and medication, it was the online community which gave Fiona the comfort she needed to recover. Fiona traces her life dealing with anxiety and the subsequent depression, and how a digital life helped her find her community, find her voice, find herself. Fiona remains an active blogger, writer and influencer in the mental health community. She has written for Mind, Heads Together, Healthline, Metro and The Huffington Post. In an increasingly heated discussion about mental health and the internet, Fiona offers a different, positive perspective. This is the author of Depression in a Digital Age – The Highs and Lows of Perfectionism which shall be available on the day. — Doors 2.45pm. Start 3pm. Entry £8, £4 concessions (free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members, who should book these tickets in advance https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thinking-on-sunday-depression-in-a-digital-age-the-highs-and-lows-of-perfectionism-tickets-53242876878 ) Event is subject to capacity, without exceptions. Space will be reserved for ticket holders. Brockway Room (Ground floor – accessible. Induction loop audio).

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Brockway Room, Conway Hall

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