Ideas run through our programming like letters in a stick of seaside rock.  Designed to help you find the ideas you need in your life - our speakers and performers (many of which we have worked with many times through our organisation Salon London) have unique skills, ideas, and talents to help you uncover a properly good life.

Find different perspective easily whilst having a right LOL of a weekend.

A few of our IDEAS at ALSO 2021

SENTIA

Scientific powerhouse Prof David Nutt explains our complex relationship with their favourite drug - alcohol, and hear about David's decade long quest to create a brand new drink, Sentia, that gives the pleasant effects of alcohol without the harm. Come prepared by trying a Professor Nutt cocktail at our bars!

HEAVY LIGHT

Hear the award-winning, bestselling author Horatio Clare (in conversation with the super talent Natalie Haynes) who will be asking about his troubling experiences with mental health as well as the healing power of nature and the role both that (and medication) played in his recovery.

SWAY: UNRAVELLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

Discover the complicated roots and unexpected effects of the human brain's unconscious prejudice, as well as ways to prevent it with behavioural scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal.

HOW TO BE ANIMAL

In this session, the environmental philosopher and history of humanity researcher, Melanie Challenger will help you reconnect with your wildest nature and discuss the benefits of seeing ourselves as animals.

HOW TO ALSO

Don't miss the opportunity to talk to the ALSO Founder Helen Bagnall herself about all of the amazing opportunities offered by the festival and how to get the most out of your time with us.

HOW TO PODCAST

Learn all about creating a podcast with the creator of the highly acclaimed podcast series, The Missing Cryptoqueen, Jamie Bartlett. Jamie is the award-winning author of The People Vs Tech, The Dark Net & Radicals.

HOW FOOD CAN SAVE THE WORLD

Carolyn Steel draws on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food in her provocative and exhilarating vision for change.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TOUCH

Claudia Hammond will be talking about her observations made from The Touch Test which explored touch in its many forms and was commissioned by Wellcome Collection and in collaboration with BBC Radio 4 and Goldsmiths University of London.