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York Festival of Ideas
May 10, 2015
The festival is the largest free festival of its kind in the UK and we actively encourage businesses colleagues across the disciplines to encourage their staff and clients to consider attending. The focus days are receive really positive feedback and all sessions are ticketed separately to enable busy people to attend one or more sessions dependent on their availability.
The Economy focus day will run from 10am on Friday 19 June at the Ron Cooke Hub. Keynote speakers will address the future of the economy from the perspective of analysing the impact of further austerity policies; the future of cities, innovation and growth balanced against inequality and poverty and the future of work and increasing threats of automation. See http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/focus-days/economy/ for free tickets.
Keynote speakers span a spectrum of opinion and experience and include, Sir Mark Walport, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government anchoring a session on the Future of Cities, the Economics Editor of the Economist, Richard Davies, anchoring a session on the future of work and Zoe Williams and Patrick Minford debating austerity. Professor John Kay and Euan Munroe from Avia will also lead on a discusion on growth and innovation.
The day is being delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the festival is also being supported by Aviva, Shepherd Construction, Quorn Foods and the Wellcome Trust.
Other focus days are exploring The Future of Food on 15 June exploring food and sustainability, food and health and food and consumer behaviour change from 3pm onwards at the Ron Cooke Hub - see http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/focus-days/food/
Our final focus day takes places on 20 June again at the Ron Cooke hub and will explore the implications of state surveillance and decision making in foreign policy with the Deputy Chief of Staff of NATO, Major General Gordon 'Skip' Davies giving a keynote talk.
Other keynote speakers include Defence Editor of the Guardian, Ewen MacAskill who led the Pulitzer prize winning team who reported on Edward Snowden; internet pioneer, Professor Bebo White anchoring a discussion on the future of cyber security and Lyse Doucet and Lindsey Hillsum considering the relationship between media coverage and intelligence gathering. See http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/focus-days/surveillance/ for further details
Contacts may also be interested in attending a major new speech being delivered by Nobel Laureate, Professor Amartya Sen, who will explore the relationship between democracy and terrorism at Central Hall on 10 June - see http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/talks/what-are-the-demands-of-democracy/