At A Glance...
School for Creative Startups
10 - 12 September 2012
Doug’s 10 Question Method
In the first bootcamp, Doug will discuss the importance of having a clear vision for and of your business. We’ll analyse business models and help you determine which route is best for you before putting the business idea to the test through Doug’s 10 question method. By the end of day 3, you’ll have a clear understanding of your startup plan of action and clear steps to help you reach your goal. You’ll have the tools you need to make a start on your business plan and you’ll have mastered the art of networking, setting outcomes and building an action plan.
School for Creative Startups is a social enterprise specifically designed to teach creative people how to actively build successful startups and live from their endeavours.
Tailor made to teach creatives, School for Creative Startups covers everything new entrepreneurs need to know explained in a clear, jargon-free manner delivered by former Dragon’s Den investor Doug Richard and some of the UK’s top experts. Offering interactive teaching techniques, engaging visual aids, and 24/7 support, School for Creative Startups demystifies complex business theory making startup success achievable for anyone.
Public Debate - ‘Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits’
11 Sep 2012, 18.30
British Pregnancy Advisory Service host a debate examining the challenges posed by the activities of anti-abortion protestors outside clinics for those with a commitment to freedom of speech
Chaired by David Allen Green and with a panel including Ann Furedi, Chief Executive, bpas (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) and Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive, Christian Concern the debate will examine the challenges posed by the activities of anti-abortion protestors outside clinics for those with a commitment to freedom of speech:
· How do we balance the freedoms to access and offer care with the right to oppose abortion?
· Is limiting the freedom of speech of anti-abortion protestors necessary and proportionate to protect women?
· Does the right to offend include those who are about to go through a medical procedure, including abortion?
TICKETS: £ free. Open to all but please book your place in advance with email@example.com
Lord Robert Skidelsky & Dr Edward Skidelsky: How Much is Enough? Money & the Good Life
11 Sep 2012, 19.00
The London Philosophy Club is very pleased to host Lord Robert Skidelsky and his son Dr Edward Skidelsky to talk about their recent bestseller,How Much Is Enough: Money and the Good Life.
What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008.
This talk will tackle such questions head-on. It begins with the great economist John Maynard Keynes, who in 1930 predicted that, within a century, per capita income would steadily rise, people’s basic needs would be met, and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Clearly, he was wrong: though income has increased as he envisioned, our wants have seemingly gone unsatisfied, and we continue to work long hours. The Skidelskys explain why Keynes was mistaken. Then, arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, they trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to the present and show how our lives over the last half century have strayed from that ideal. Finally, they issue a call to think anew about what really matters in our lives and how to attain it.
£ Free. Doors 19.00. Booking advisable.
Jesus has Two Daddies/Waking up from a Biblically Induced Coma
14 Sep 2012, 19.30
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) Presents.
Jesus has Two Daddies/Waking up from a Biblically Induced Coma
Two special performances by US based theatrical artist and activist, Peterson Toscano.
Toscano uses brilliant comedy and hard won insight to interweave his long journey out of the closet and through years of “ex-gay therapy”,
He also hilariously deconstructs traditional views of the bible and tells pretty much every bloody genital Bible story that exists.
TICKETS: £8. Booking recommended
US-based theatrical performance activist Peterson Toscano uses comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns and queer issues. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting (and failing) to change his gay orientation, he has emerged as a queer cheeky voice of reason in the midst of the culture war.
The Pod Delusion’s Big Birthday Bash!
15 Sep 2012, 19.30
Conway Hall & The Pod Delusion Presents...
The Pod Delusion's Big Third Birthday Do!
To celebrate the radio show and podcast's third birthday on September 15th – we’re hosting a big event after the Secular Europe March in London – and we’d love it if you could join us!
Expect an evening of interesting things featuring…
- Kate Russell from BBC Click
- Young Atheist Handbook Author Alom Shaha – not talking about his book, but performing some MAGIC.
- Guardian Blogger Martin Robbins on Why The Daily Mail Is Evil!
- Pod Delusion regular Drew Rae offering us some Risk Assessment for the Apocalypse!
- ‘Skeptic’ Magazine editor Deborah Hyde on the Psychology of the Supernatural!
- and fire scientist Claire Benson – who hopefully won’t be burning down Conway Hall!
- …with MORE to be announced!
Tickets are £5.95 (including booking fee)
Ulster Altruism: Hazlitt and Hutcheson
15 Sep 2012, 14.00
The Hazlitt Society Presents
The Annual Lecture: Ulster Altruism: Hazlitt and Hutcheson, given by Terry Eagleton
The eighth annual Hazlitt Society lecture at Conway Hall is given this year by Terry Eagleton, the leading Marxist practitioner of literary theory and cultural studies.
He is a prolific writer, whose output is a highly individual combination of sometimes highly abstract literary and cultural theory, practical criticism of literary texts and political polemic. Literary Theory (1983), possibly his best-known work, traces the history of modern intellectual traditions from the Romantics to the postmodernists. Eagleton has written compellingly on Hazlitt's stature as a radical thinker.
Lecture starts 14.00, £ Free but booking required. After lecture tea will be provided in the foyer until 5pm
The Centre For Pagan Studies Conference 2012
16 Sep 2012, 10.00
The Centre For Pagan Studies
In Association with Greenmantle Magazine
THE CFPS CONFERENCE 2012
“A Day with Ronald Hutton and Friends - Modern witchcraft: Building a future from history”
The big debate with refreshing views from our speakers and panel experts.
Prudence Jones, Philip Heselton, Rufus and Melissa Harrington, Peter Nash, Caroline Wise and of course Ronald Hutton – Professor of History, Bristol University
Musical contributions from Talis Kimberley
Evening entertainment from Damh the Bard and The Dolmen
Quality Stalls: Books, Jewellery, Ritual Items etc.
Food provided by Green’s Cuisine
Supporting the Doreen Valiente Foundation and Pagan Pride.
Conference hotline: 07733 581504
Open House London 2012
23 Sep 2012, 10.00
For the second year running Conway Hall is opening its doors and joining in Open House London.
Throughout the week-end of 22nd - 23rd September Conway Hall will provide guided tours of our historic and fascinating building.
Starting from 10.00 until 16.00 walk around the building with a guide who will tell you which Prime Minister played in his youth on stage at Conway Hall and visit our Humanist Library and Archives to see first hand who built this unique and wonderful building.
Built in 1929, for £28,485 at the time, this beautiful Art Deco building has many treats to discover, so come along and find out about Conway Hall - the building!
Sunday Lecture - The Menace of Science Without Wisdom
23 Sep 2012, 11.00
Nicholas Maxwell believes we are in a state of impending crisis. And the fault lies in part with academia. For two centuries or so, academia has been devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and technological know-how. This has enormously increased our power to act which has, in turn, brought us both all the great benefits of the modern world and the crises we now face. Almost all our current global problems have arisen because some of us have acquired unprecedented powers to act, via science and technology, without also acquiring the capacity to act wisely.
For Maxwell then, we urgently need to bring about a revolution in universities so that the basic intellectual aim becomes, not knowledge merely, but rather wisdom – wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, thus including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides. The revolution we require would put problems of living at the heart of the academic enterprise, the pursuit of knowledge emerging out of, and feeding back into, the fundamental intellectual activity of proposing and critically assessing possible actions, policies, political programmes, from the standpoint of their capacity to help solve problems of living.
Nicholas Maxwell is emeritus reader in philosophy of science at University College London, and author of From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the Humanities
Open to all. No need to book in advance.
School of Life Sunday Sermon: Will Alsop on Boredom
23 Sep 2012, 11.00
Will Alsop the most playful of contemporary architects shows us the potential of creative boredom.
'Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.’ – Walter Benjamin
There’s a boring bit in the process of painting a picture where you’re left watching the paint dry. If you keep painting over wet gloss before it sets, you make a mess. The reward of waiting is that when you’re forced just to sit and look, new possibilities start to appear.
This, argues Will Alsop, is a luxurious, dreaming kind of boredom. It’s vital to creating something fresh. It’s the irreplaceable pause where we have the space to reflect from inside the process.
But these days we fear empty time. So we don’t allow ourselves to indulge in just looking at the thing we’re creating. Instead managers rush ahead with fixed procedure rather than trust the wisdom of intuition or experience. And parents leap to fill the holiday void with excitement and entertainment rather than letting the child fall back on imagination.
Without the kind of boredom that gives space for creativity and reflection, we risk the dullness of an uncreative life. The paint never dries and we make a muddy mire of things.
Fortunately the most playful of contemporary architects is here to show us how we can indulge in the glorious potential of creative boredom.
Will Alsop OBE is the most exuberant visionary architect working in Britain today. He is has brought fresh vigour to the field by abandoning ‘acceptable’ style and emphasizing the joyful in everything he does. He is best known internationally for his designs for Peckham Library in London, Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers, New York, and the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. He is a Professor at the University of Technology in Vienna.