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The Aspen UK podcast provides a weekly conversation with an illustrious lineup of speakers covering topics that matter, including climate change, feminism and diplomacy. With a diverse community of leaders committed to the greater good, each Aspen UK discussion sparks intellectual inquiry and exchange whilst hoping to inspire people to contribute to making a positive difference in their society.

All Episodes

Professor Philippe Sands and Frans Timmermans in conversation about our common future. The human rights lawyer and European Commission Executive Vice president for the European Green Deal talk with Penny Richards, managing director of the Aspen Institute in the UK. They discuss the plight of humanity in an age of climate and biodiversity crises, sharing their predictions and fears for the future; explore the increasing pressure on our fundamental values and freedoms from within and without our countries taking into account factors such as social media; and consider why we must use history, and “live with it, not in it.”This discussion was recorded before COP26.

Nov 26

1 hr

Robin Lustig, award-winning journalist and broadcaster, leads this discussion on the future of Israel. He is joined by Mira Awad, singer, songwriter, actress, and activista; Amnon Be’eri-Sulitzeanu, co-CEO of The Abraham Initiatives; Alistair Burt, Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University; and Ohad Zemet, spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel in the United Kingdom. The panel come together to discuss the future of Israel, focusing on what the country, and the communities living within it, will look like ten years from now; share their thoughts on the future of Israel’s relationships with neighbours in the region, including Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and predict the future of Israeli relations with Iran, the United States, other Western powers.

Nov 19

59 min 20 sec

In this episode, University of Sheffield Politics Professor Matthew Flinders chairs a conversation on the future of England. He is joined by Gavin Esler, award-winning writer and BBC journalist; Baroness Helena Morrissey, former CEO of Newton and now lead non-executive director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Ella Whelan, author, journalist and co-convener of the 2021 Battle of Ideas Festival; and Justin Audibert, artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre - the UK's leading theatre for children. Together, they discuss the future of the United Kingdom after Brexit; debate federalism and the desire of some UK nations for greater self-determination; and explore the importance of nostalgia in driving change.

Nov 12

59 min 15 sec

In this episode, John Kampfner, award-winning author, broadcaster, commentator and cultural leader guides this conversation on the future of UK-German relations with Jill Gallard, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; and the German Ambassador to the UK, Andreas Michaelis. They discuss the current state of Germany following the recent election and formation of a coalition government; explore Germany’s role in Europe and the wider world, and discuss the departure of Chancellor Merkel will impact the relationships.

Nov 5

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent for The Telegraph leads a conversation on the future of Taiwan with Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Programme at the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Brian Hioe, co-founding editor of New Bloom, an online magazine covering activism and youth politics; Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, senior advisor to the President of Taiwan; Chen-wei Lin, chief executive officer of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research; and Heino Klinck, senior advisor to the National Bureau of Asian Research. Together they discuss the growing tensions between Taiwan and China, considering whether or not military conflict is inevitable; explore how younger generations feel about the future of their country; and review how Taiwanese identity has evolved since gaining independence. 

Oct 29

58 min 25 sec

In February 2021, Myanmar's military seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government. The country’s population has since been living under a state of emergency. In this episode, Jonathan Head, South East Asia correspondent for the BBC has a conversation with Zin Mar Aung, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Government of Myanmar; Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar; Stephen Kinnock MP, Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific; and Thin Lei Win, co-founder of the The Kite Tales, a non-profit organisation which chronicles the lives and histories of people across Myanmar. They review the current state of the country; explore what governments around the world can do to support the Burmese people; and discuss what impact the situation will continue to have on healthcare, the economy and lives more generally.

Oct 22

1 hr 2 min

It’s 30 years since Ukraine gained its independence, but it is seven years since the Russian occupation of Crimea and eastern regions of the country. In this episode, Natalia Antelava, co-founder of the award-winning news start-up Coda Story, hosts a conversation with Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration; Melinda Simmons, UK Ambassador to Ukraine; Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK; Marcin Święcicki, Business Ombudsman in Ukraine; and Yuliya Tychkivska, Executive Director of Aspen Institute Kyiv. They discuss whether Ukraine can expect a closer relationship with the European Union and other allies; explore how trade agreements can help the country’s growth; and consider how important it is that Ukraine begins to move away from fossil fuel and towards alternative energy sources.

Oct 15

59 min 37 sec

In this special episode of the Aspen UK Podcast, Penny Richards is joined by Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital and SALT, host of Mooch FM and former head of communications at the White House. They talk about Penny’s unforgettable experiences while working as a foreign reporter at war zones across the world for the BBC. Penny talks about the Aspen Institute’s remarkable ability to “bring people together who fundamentally disagree, to discuss incredibly important topics — and to see how they can effect that change.” In this fascinating chat, Anthony and Penny reflect on how they both live in polarised countries, but how Aspen offers a “comfortable platform” to bridge those divides.

Sep 17

25 min 31 sec

In this special episode, Penny Richards, head of the Aspen Institute UK leads a conversation on the future of Britain after Brexit. She is joined by Lord Peter Ricketts, former British diplomat; Muddassar Ahmed, managing partner at Unitas Communications; and Ella Whelan, freelance journalist and commentator. The panel explore what life without the European Union looks like, as the UK develops new relationships with it’s global neighbours; discuss the influence Brexit will have on both foreign and domestic policy, and its future; and review how the departure from the economic union will change the relationship between diplomats and politicians, and why in many ways Brexit will “never be done.”

Jul 27

1 hr 15 min

In this conversation, Lionel Barber, writer, broadcaster and former editor of the Financial Times talks about the future of ethics with Susan Liautaud, author of The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World. They discuss why ethics are harder to understand than ever before; explore the role of the media in disseminating information and the increased reliance on big tech; and discuss the importance of ethics in the workplace, and how we can learn to handle misconduct in the office, and at home.

May 21

58 min 10 sec

Anand Menon, Professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King's College London leads a discussion on the future of EU-UK relations. He is joined by Sophia Gaston, director of the British Foreign Policy Group; Alyn Smith MP, foreign affairs spokesperson for the SNP; Tom Tugendhat MP, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, ambassador of the European Union to the United Kingdom. In this conversation, the panel discusses the current UK-EU relationship; explore changing attitudes towards foreign policy, with ongoing issues of trust and changes in trade agreements; and describe why cooperation may become a “necessity” in the future.  

May 14

1 hr 3 min

Matt Mueller, the editor of Screen Daily and Screen International leads a discussion on the future of cinema. He is joined by Phil Clapp, CEO of the UK Cinema Association; Akua Gyamfi, founder and managing director of The British Blacklist; and Anna Smith, film critic and broadcaster. In this panoramic conversation, the panel considers the critical impact Covid-19 has had on the cinema industry, and what this means for its current stability and future prosperity; explore the increased popularity of streaming services; and delve into the ways Hollywood award season has transformed over the years - with increased acknowledgement of diversity and inclusivity.

May 7

1 hr 1 min

Jack Parsons, the UK’s chief youth officer leads a discussion about the future for Gen Z. He is joined by Astrid Persson, internal communications and engagement specialist at lululemon; Susan Reynolds, co-founder of LookUp.live; Robert Wigley, author of Born Digital: The Story of a Distracted Generation and chair of UK finance; and Aliyah York, founder of The Pupil Power. In this conversation, the panel review the generation’s relationship with technology, discussing the many issues they face, and how young people can be better protected from these challenges; explore the use of social media, and how it can be used as a platform for young voices to challenge injustice; and stress the importance of opening up the conversation, and removing the stigma surrounding mental health. 

Apr 30

1 hr 1 min

Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield leads a discussion on the future of the House of Lords. He is joined by Charlotte Carew Pole, director of Daughters’ Rights and Women2Win; Baroness Frances D’Souza, life peer, and former convenor of the cross benches; Lord Timothy Kirkhope of Harrogate, lawyer and life peer; and Professor Meg Russell FBA, director of the constitution unit at University College London. In this conversation, they question whether the House of Lords is a “democratic outrage” or a necessary body; discuss the ongoing issue of equality, and whether it’s an accurate representation of the society it’s supposed to represent; and give their thoughts on the body’s future.

Apr 23

1 hr 1 min

In this conversation, Margaret Heffernan, one of the UK’s most highly regarded thought leaders talks with Gillian Tett, US editor-at-large and chair of the editorial board of the Financial Times about embracing uncertainty. They discuss whether an individual’s past experiences influence their ability to adapt to an uncertain future; reflect on the connection between creativity and unpredictability, and why the nature of the arts industry enables creatives to better deal with unprecedented times; and delve into Margaret's new book ‘Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future,’ which provides the tools needed to face the future with confidence and courage.

Apr 16

1 hr

Elizabeth Linder, founder and CEO at Brooch Associates leads a discussion on the future of tourism. She is joined by Iván Eskildsen Alfaro, minister of tourism for Panama; Gloria Guevara Manzo, CEO and president at the World Travel and Tourism Council; and Nick Stace, CEO of Saga Travel. In this wide-ranging podcast, they discuss how travel companies have adapted during the pandemic; highlight the need for greater international collaboration to ensure the safety of travellers; explore the issue of sustainability in the sector; and share their insights into the possibility of Covid-19 passports. 

Apr 9

59 min 21 sec

Jamal Majid, senior fashion lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University leads a conversation on the future of fashion. He is joined by Cathy Hackl, a leading tech futurist and global leader; Wayne Hemingway, designer and co-founder of the renowned label ‘Red or Dead’; and Safia Minney MBE, founder of People Tree and pioneer of sustainable fashion. In this stylish conversation, the guests explore the current issues within the fashion industry, including slavery, sustainability and the lack of transparency within fast fashion brands; discuss the development and future of sustainable fashion; the importance of recycling to prevent constant disposal of clothing; and give insight into the future use of technology in fashion.

Apr 1

1 hr

John Worne, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Linguists leads a conversation on the future of language. He is joined by Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages and the academic product director at Oxford University Press; Dr Kathrin Kunkel-Razum, editor-in-chief of The Duden Dictionary - the dictionary of the German Language; Professor Aditi Lahiri, professor of linguistics and the director of the Language and Brain Laboratory at the University of Oxford; and Tony Thorne, language consultant at King’s College London, and former director of their Language Centre. In this articulate and precise conversation, the guests explore the massive impact technology and artificial intelligence is having on our language - including the use of emojis, memes and gifs to imitate expression; they discuss the social issues that arise with differences in language, particularly with relation to gender and education; and delve into the connection between neuroscience and language. 

Mar 26

1 hr 8 min

Professor Jim Livesey, vice-president for Research and Innovation at the National University of Ireland Galway leads a conversation on the future of Ireland. He is joined by Lord Paul Bew, professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Mary Favier, founding member of DoctorsForChoice and Covid-19 advisor at the Irish College of General Practitioners; Caitriona Mullan, independent cross border and regional development expert at the Association of European Border Regions; and Mamobo Ogoro, social psychology PhD candidate at the University of Limerick and Founder of Gorm TV. In this fascinating conversation, they discuss the huge social changes that have occurred recently in Ireland; talk about the healthcare and human rights implications; and share their insights into the economic and political place Ireland holds in the world. And - explore whether future unity for Northern and Southern Ireland is likely.

Mar 19

1 hr

Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist and head of Economist Radio leads a conversation on the democratisation of culture. She is joined by Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili, globally-renowned scholar, collector and pioneer of cultural philanthropy and Neil MacGregor, art historian, writer, broadcaster, and former director of the National Gallery and the British Museum. In this ground-breaking conversation, they discuss how you make access to culture, in all its senses, available to as many people as possible; and explore the impact of digitisation and how it offers a new horizon for future generations. 

Mar 12

59 min 51 sec

In this episode, Tarun Das, the Chairman of India’s Institute of Economic Growth leads a conversation on India-UK bilateral relations. He is joined by Chandrajit Banerjee, the Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry; Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer; Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited; and Nandita Sahgal Tully, Managing Director at ThomasLloyd Sustainable Infrastructure asset management. They discuss whether the pandemic has encouraged emotional engagement and how 2020 was the year that “redefined humanity;” explore the importance of enhancing India-UK trade, with the aim of achieving targets of $100bn by 2030; and explain why it is so important that both countries work together in the areas of climate change, health, defence and security, and trade.This webinar was held held in collaboration with Ananta Aspen in India

Mar 5

1 hr 18 min

In this episode, Lucy Crompton-Reid, chief executive of Wikimedia UK leads a conversation on the future of libraries. She is joined by Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library; Ayub Khan MBE, head of libraries and cultural services for Warwickshire County Council; Nick Poole, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals; and Pamela Tulloch, chief executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council. Together they discuss the “powerful” role libraries will play in helping communities recover and rebuild post-Covid, explore the stereotypes of the librarian role and ponder how that can be changed, and examine the ways in which the current goodwill towards libraries can be harnessed in order to gain greater recognition and support from the government. 

Feb 26

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Natalie Lue, writer for the website, Baggage Reclaim, one of the most-read dating and relationship websites in the UK, leads a conversation on the future of dating. She is joined by Paul Carrick Brunson, co-host of Married at First Sight UK and Celebs Go Dating; Monica Anderson, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center and Charly Lester, founding chief executive of The Dating Awards. Together they discuss the impact Covid-19 has had and continues to have on the dating landscape, as current relationships are redefined and dating is forced to become predominantly virtual; examine the cultural evolution around online dating - how the once frowned upon approach to meeting people has now become the norm; and delve into the influence of swipe culture, how it has caused people to treat each other like “commodities rather than humans,” and whether personalities are forgotten in favour of looks…  

Feb 19

1 hr

What does the future hold for the Commonwealth, home to 2.4 billion people? Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Nondumiso Hlophe, a Queen’s Young Leader and Commonwealth Young Achiever; Rt. Hon. Sir Donald McKinnon, former secretary general of the Commonwealth, and one time New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister; and Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies join Joel Kibazo, former spokesperson at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in a conversation. Together they share their frustrations with the Commonwealth, discuss the value it brings, particularly to island nations and in times of crises, and explore what the Commonwealth means to people today. 

Jan 8

59 min 58 sec

Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and founding director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre and leads a conversation on the future of the Union. He is joined by John Lloyd, contributing editor at the Financial Times; Andrew Wilson, former Member of the Scottish Parliament, and founding partner at Charlotte Street Partners; Iain MacWhirter, author and political commentator for the Herald; and Ruth Dudley Edwards, historian and writer. In this in-depth conversation, they debate the evolution of the union, explore what an independent Scotland would look like and discuss the impact Covid-19 and Brexit have had on public opinion towards the union. 

Jan 1

1 hr

Since the pandemic started, many of us have become increasingly conscious of our work areas, living spaces and the world around us. In this episode, Amy Frearson, editor-at-large for Dezeen leads a discussion on the future of architecture. She is joined by Mark Dytham, co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture; Peter Exley, upcoming President of the American Institute of Architects; Maria Smith, director of sustainability and physics at Buro Happold; and Armstrong Yakubu, senior partner at Foster + Partners. They discuss how the way we look at, and appreciate buildings has changed over the last year, stress the critical role architects need to play in shaping the future, and examine the impact the growing polarisation of politics has on architecture. 

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

Celia Ouellette, founder and CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) leads a conversation on the future of justice. She is joined by Chris Daw QC, lawyer, writer, broadcaster, and legal commentator; Abimbola Johnson, defence barrister and legal commentator; Ali Niaz, UK Advocacy Coordinator at RBIJ and co-founder of BPureSounds; and Professor Richard Susskind OBE, author, founder of Remote Courts Worldwide, chair on the Oxford Internet Institute board and president of the Society for Computers and Law. They examine how technology can transform our justice system and what can be done to avoid bias, explore how we should be investing for the future and discuss what really needs to be at the heart of the criminal justice system. 

Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Kenza Bryan, money reporter at The Times and The Sunday Times leads a discussion on the future of cash. She is joined by Natalie Ceeney CBE, chair of Innovate Finance; Jeni Mundy, managing director UK and Ireland at Visa; and Paddy Greene, head of policy at Which?. In this in-depth conversation, they explore the relationship between cash and financial exclusion, explain how the pandemic has accelerated the move from cash to digital payments, examine the role digital payments can play in helping people become more financially included, and discuss what the United Kingdom can learn from the Nordic model. 

Dec 2020

1 hr

A conversation with some of the world’s top experts on disinformation - how hate has been weaponized and fear spread. Arisha Michelle Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns at Color Of Change; Sasha Havlicek, founding CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Peter Pomerantsev, senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute and Co-Director of the Arena Initiative; and Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure are led by Ed Williams, president and CEO of Edelman EMEA and chairman of Aspen UK. In this in-depth conversation, they discuss how social media platforms have been used to weaponize hate and disinformation, explore the problem of “not knowing”, and examine the Republican Party’s use of disinformation in the recent US Presidential election. 

Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Ed Vaizey, business adviser and member of the UK House of Lords leads a discussion on the future of employment. He is joined by Mete Coban MBE, chief executive of My Life My Say and Labour councillor for Stoke Newington; Mark Flanagan, education partner manager at Epic Games; Cathy Hackl, futurist, speaker and author; and Esther O'Callaghan OBE, principal co-founder at Hundo.careers. In this in-depth conversation, they discuss the crucial role young people need to have in rebuilding society post-Covid, explore how the world of work will adapt to present opportunities we may never have imagined and stress the importance of having greater flexibility in education. 

Nov 2020

54 min 11 sec

Gordon Corera, the BBC’s Security Correspondent, leads a conversation on the future of intelligence and security with Sir John Scarlett, former Chief of MI6; Professor Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ; and Elisabeth Braw, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In this in-depth discussion, they question whether we should rethink the definition of ‘security’ in light of the Covid-19 crisis, stress the importance of the US-UK special relationship and explore the threat China poses to the future of British intelligence.

Nov 2020

1 hr

Matthew Price, presenter and correspondent for NBC News leads a conversation on the future of journalism. He is joined by Polly Curtis, managing director for PA Media, the UK’s news agency; Lorna Hughes, editor of the Sunday Mail for the Scottish Daily Record; Anna Mallett, CEO of ITN; and Meera Selva, director of the journalism fellowship programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. In this in-depth conversation, they share what gives them hope for the future of the industry, discuss the challenges journalism faces to be accessible to different audiences, and stress the importance of trusted, impartial news during a time of national crisis. 

Nov 2020

1 hr

In this episode, Peter Jukes, author, dramatist and screenwriter leads a discussion on the future of data and democracy. He is joined by Carole Cadwalladr, author and investigative journalist; Damian Collins MP, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010; Kyle Taylor, founder and director of Fair Vote UK; and Alicia Wanless, co-director of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In this in-depth conversation, they describe the significance of the Cambridge Analytica revelation, discuss the tech giants and their impact on democracy, and explore possible strategies to provide better protection in the future. 

Nov 2020

58 min 3 sec

Rachel Smolkin, executive editor of CNN Politics chairs a conversation on the future of women in US politics. She is joined by Samantha K. Dravis (R), attorney and public affairs consultant; Denise Gitsham Jones (R), attorney and public affairs consultant who served in President George W. Bush’s Administration; Johanna Maska (D), host of ‘Pod is a Woman’ and CEO of Global Situation Room; and Darienne Page (D), also host of ‘Pod is a Woman’ and former White House ROTUS (Receptionist of the United States). Together they discuss the role the gender gap in US politics will play in the election, pay tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and stress why women must take off their ‘political jerseys’ and support each other against sexism. 

Oct 2020

57 min 12 sec

In this episode, Vanessa Griffiths, deputy director of Sustainable Business at the Environment Agency leads a conversation on the future of the countryside with Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union; Mark Bridgeman, President of the Country Land & Business Association; Beccy Speight, Chief Executive for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; and Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of Campaign to Protect Rural England. Together they explore the solutions for a sustainable rural future, stress the value of the countryside and discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has made people think differently about the urban-rural divide. 

Oct 2020

1 hr

In this episode, Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, actor and broadcaster leads a panel on the future of comedy. He is joined by fellow comedians Stephen K Amos, Simon Evans and Elf Lyons. Together they describe what the Government could be doing to support performers and their industry, discuss why they believe people’s attitudes towards the arts will be “revitalised” post-Covid, and explore how the growing discussion of ‘wokeism’ and political correctness will impact the future of comedy. 

Oct 2020

1 hr 4 min

A fascinating chat about the future of cities with some of the top experts in the field - Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division of the OECD; Kulveer Ranger, former head of the Digital London Office; and Yael Selfin, chief economist at KPMG in the UK are in conversation with Andrea Coleman from Bloomberg Philanthropies. They discuss whether Covid is marking the end of the golden age of cities, debate the impact of Covid on accessibility and mobility within city transport systems, and question the forecasted v-shaped recovery of the global economy. 

Oct 2020

57 min 56 sec

In this episode, Dave Haslam, DJ and Author of Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs and Music Venues, leads a panel on the future of nightlife. He is joined by Marti Burgess, owner of Lakota (Club) and chair of the Bristol @ Night Panel; Shain Shapiro, CEO of Sound Diplomacy; and Rebecca Swarray aka DJ Mix-Stress, the founder and curator of RebeccaNeverBecky. In this discussion, they explore the huge economic benefits of nightlife, stress why the Government needs to recognise its importance, and discuss how the pandemic has forced club owners to pivot and find new ways to use their venues. 

Oct 2020

52 min 55 sec

In this episode, Baroness Rosie Boycott, chair of Feeding Britain and board member of the Food Foundation; Arif Husain, chief economist and director of research, assessments and monitoring at the United Nations World Food Programme; and Tim Smith, chair of the UK’s Trade and Agriculture Commission join Arthur Potts Dawson, chef and sustainable food innovator for a conversation on the future of food. Together they share their concerns about the lowering of food standards after Brexit, discuss what the cost will be to food systems around the world If we don’t respond to the 270 million people that are left hungry, and describe the role Government’s need to play to support our food systems. 

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

Beirut and its people have still not recovered from the enormous blast that killed 190 people and injured thousands in August 2020. In this episode, Zeina Arida, director of the Sursock Museum in Beirut; Omar Christidis, founder and CEO of Arabnet; Mohamad Kantar, co-founder of Impact Lebanon; and Dr. Zeina Mohanna, board member of Amel Association International discuss the future of Lebanon. The conversation is led by Ghadi Sary, managing partner at Governance House. Together they discuss the explosion, the ongoing economic crisis, civil unrest, changes in regional alliances, and impact of Coronavirus - and reflect whether Lebanon can survive in the form we know it now.

Sep 2020

58 min 39 sec

In this episode, Lord Richard Allan, former Director of Policy in Europe for Facebook; Dr Victoria Nash, deputy director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award talk to Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute about the future of online safety. Together they discuss the role of parents, teachers and children in keeping themselves safe online and being “good digital citizens”, explore the three P’s - policies, practices and parenting, and describe whether over time they have become more optimistic or pessimistic towards our safety online.  

Sep 2020

1 hr

A cultural conversation in partnership with Brunswick Arts. In this episode, Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian at the University of Oxford and Philippe Sands, author and renowned international lawyer talk about the preservation of knowledge with Caroline Daniel, partner at the Brunswick Group. They discuss why archives matter, explore the lengths individuals and governments go to to destroy records, and describe the idea of a ‘memory tax’ and how it could be a helpful intervention for libraries to better manage data. 

Sep 2020

57 min 52 sec

In this episode we discuss the future of ethical capitalism with Sir Ronald Cohen, a preeminent international philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator. He is joined by Gillian Tett, co-founder of the Financial Times’ Moral Money, Chair of the FT Editorial Board in the US, a columnist, author and philanthropist. They discuss how Covid-19 and the current political upheaval is changing the debate around impact investing, not just for companies, but for investors, lawyers and accountants; explore the role of governments in developing impact projects and companies; and consider how advancements in technology have enabled a more dependable measurement of environmental and social impact. 

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this conversation, Angie Hobbs, professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and Mary Ann Sieghart, visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and former Assistant Editor at The Times discuss the ethical challenges of Covid-19. They explore the ethical frameworks that could have been used to decide how the government dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic, stress the importance of protecting both future and older generations, and discuss whether the government has the same duty of care to non-residents as residents. 

Aug 2020

58 min 40 sec

In this episode, Michael Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company is in conversation with Alan Yentob, BBC TV executive, producer and presenter. They discuss the importance of technology and the impact it has had, and will continue to have, on our ability to communicate, Michael shares the advice he would give to a young person trying to make it in the entertainment industry. They also talk about why “persistence is the key”, and explore whether cable television is coming to an end as streaming continues to prevail. 

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this episode we discuss the future of feminism with Professor Rosie Campbell, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, Helen Lewis, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights and Philippa Thomas, presenter at BBC World News. Together they discuss whether progress towards greater gender equality will be sidelined as the world recovers from the economic impact of this pandemic, explore whether there is such a thing as toxic feminism, and describe why we must continue to draw attention to gender pay gap information.

Aug 2020

59 min 21 sec

Never has international cooperation been needed more but in an increasingly connected world are some foreign policies becoming less connected, and are some individual nations closing in on themselves? In this episode, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU Foreign Affairs Minister; Brett Bruen, president, Global Situation Room and Tom Fletcher, visiting professor at New York University and former Foreign Policy Adviser explore the future of diplomacy with Suzanne Raine, affiliate lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University. Together they describe what diplomacy means to them and discuss the importance of language when diplomats and world leaders are communicating with the public. 

Aug 2020

1 hr

This episode is in collaboration with UK YouthHow do young people think the future is going to plan out for them? In this episode, Ndidi Okezie, CEO of UK Youth leads a conversation on the future for youth. She is joined by Olivia Disley of Wigan Youth Zone, Ty Goddard, director of the Education Foundation, Jermain Jackman, singer, songwriter and co-chair of Hackney Young Futures and Ella Robertson, managing director of One Young World. They describe what the government needs to do to support their young people, explore why we should be thinking specifically about the impact of the pandemic on young people, and stress the importance of youth clubs. 

Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

With so much at stake in our world the future direction of our leading political party is crucial. Lord Daniel Finkelstein, journalist, politician and The Times columnist leads a conversation on the future of Conservatism. He is joined by Sir Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford & Woodford Green; Amber Rudd, former MP and Home Secretary, and Nick Timothy, former adviser to Theresa May and author of ‘Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism’. They discuss whether there is a future for small state Conservatism, describe why Brexit led to the loss of Conservative voters, and explore the challenges that the party faces before the 2024 General Election. 

Aug 2020

1 hr

In this episode, a group of renowned innovators and entrepreneurs discuss the future of innovation. Led by Toby Coppel, the co-founder of Mosaic Ventures, they also include Sherry Coutu CBE, founder and chair, Founders4Schools and founder of the Scaleup Institute; Brent Hoberman CBE, co-founder and executive chairman of the Founders Forum, and Rob Chapman, CEO of Founders Intelligence. Together they discuss how to drive innovation and explore how technology can change the way people learn. 

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min