noun an ALSO festivaler-goer's ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought
noun the action of an Also festival-goer getting information in an enchanting entertaining way.
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The Charleston is a timeless dance which anyone can enjoy as we celebrate the return of The Twenties. Charleston is famous as a solo dance but its roots in America’s Deep South go back to the square dancing tradition. We have combined the best moves into patterns which weave and rotate partners: It’s a classic Ceilidh set to the music of New Orleans Jazz. We will quickly get you up to speed with the basic Charleston step, and then we’ll call the moves for the set dances. Experience all the humour and energy of this classic dance reversioned for a 2020’s audience.
An undoubted institution in the world of comedy, Robin Ince (Sony Radio Award Winner, Time Out Award Winner - Outstanding Contribution to Comedy) is working on a brand new comedy concept to present at ALSO20. We love the way Robin’s work effortlessly spans science and ideas and comedy capturing the subject we want to consider in new and fascianating ways. Do not miss this opportunity to be part of something new and experimental designed for the space from the master of the comedy scene.
Today busyness has become a badge of honour, but when it comes to our mental health it's a risky one. Instead, we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care. The award-winning writer and broadcaster, and star of BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond is at ALSO so we can figure out how. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.
No offence, David but who would have thought that a book on statistics would have been such a big seller in 2020. There’s a reason why and it’s a hopeful one. Surrounded by fake news, we are all trying to learn more about stats to make sure the information we are taking on is real. Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. We are so pleased to have the leading risk, probability, chance and uncertainty academic in the UK, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter to guide us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. You'll never think about information in the same way again.
Here for the ideas? Want to know what can we learn from the world’s happiest country? And why we should welcome the current slowdown—of population growth, economies, and technological innovation? The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling has answers and in this double hitter of a session ‘Slowdown’ and ‘Finntopia’ he’ll explore how we can learn from Finland and why the end of the great acceleration is good for the planet, the economy, and our lives. Both are linked, and Salon London’s Helen Bagnall will be channelling her inner Melvyn Bragg and taking on Danny’s claims so we can get two lots of answers to two subjects in one innovative session.
Author, Refinery29, Stylist and Grazia journalist, thrift-lover and reformed fast fashion addict, Lauren Bravo makes a brilliant case for How To Break Up With Fast Fashion: a guilt-free guide to changing the way you shop with a session especially for ALSO with hundreds of ideas for how to sustainably, ethically and stylishly redefine your relationship with your wardrobe, followed by a festival wide Saturday Night Sequined Clothes Swap.
Has your kid got questions about the universe you fail to answer? Struggle to answer such questions as is there life on other planets? What happened before the universe? Why does time go forward? How do I travel in time? Why not bring them and their questions to one of our most favourite sessions ever: Quantum Theory for Kids with Prof David Tong. Yes, the incredible physicist who, let’s remember, is a Professor of Quantum Theory at The University of Cambridge is able to answer all these questions and so much more.
This Also Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session. Hosted Saturday and Sunday by the witty and wonderful broadcast star, Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us.
Got a question you really want to ask? This is a chance to have a chat with Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and author of Sunday Times bestselling, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), on your own about (more or less) anything as she is 'in residence' floating on our lake in the wonderful Capability Brown setting.
Alexis Dubus (“Very funny, quick-witted and exceedingly sharp” - British Comedy Guide, “Uniquely funny” The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe) has been writing and performing stand-up around the world for over 15 years. Learn the secret of a great gag and perform your own at the end of the session with no judgment. ** some judgment may apply.
Want to take back the future; inspiration for a new decade? That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? But how can we think about the future? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be? For all the big questions in our lives we like to look towards Margaret Heffernan for answers, and so we are so glad she is at ALSO20. Do not miss the chance to see the award-winning business psychologist (her TED talks have been viewed by over 7 million people) as she explores why we need less tech and messier human skills - imagination, humility, bravery - to create the futures we want and can believe in.
We like to believe that we are all fair-minded and egalitarian but we all carry biases that we might not even be aware of. What? Even us? 'Unconscious bias may have become a frequently-used term in our vocabulary, but there are still so many myths around it. Luckily, behavioural scientist and activist, Dr Pragya Agarwal will help us unravel the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision-making.
Join Adam Rutherford (and us) to help arm yourself against racism, both overt and casual with this pugnacious mix of bleeding-edge science and history as he presents 'How to Argue with a Racist' - his vital manifesto for a twenty-first-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. Don't miss the chance to let Adam equip you with an essential tool.
Meet the true face of British justice. From the Rochdale sex ring to the earliest prosecutions for honour killing and modern slavery, former Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal OBE was at the forefront of the British legal system for decades. Hear how Nazir - a local lad - having grown up in Birmingham, dedicated his life to finding ways of helping communities that the conventional justice system ignores, and gave a voice to the voiceless from within the legal system.
Can music, lighting and ambience really alter the actual taste of a wine? Absolutely, says the Director of the Institute of Philosophy at UCL. Prof Barry C. Smith and based on his work as co-director a Centre for the Study of the Senses. This leading light in neuro gastronomy will join Salon London’s Helen Bagnall to explore exactly how the brain processes taste and flavour in this interactive session.
This brilliant Uehiro Centre Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford explains the case for more research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" exploring their ethical implications for individuals and society. Get insight into this cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all. Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may soon be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.
Broadcaster and award-winning science writer (she was the first woman to win the Royal Society Science Book of the Year for ‘Adventures in the Anthropocene’), Gaia Vince will present this love song to human culture with her extraordinarily researched story of how these four tools (Fire, Language, Beauty, Time) have enabled has us humans to control our own destiny to become the most successful species on Earth – and how we are evolving still and perhaps could do more to reflect on the way we now want to evolve.
The global nanotechnology market is expected to exceed the US$ 125 Billion mark by 2024. It’s one of the big growth industries that is going to change the way we live. But what actually is it? Sonia Contera is one of the UK’s Nanotech pioneers and she’s at ALSO20 to describe the exciting ways in which nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine. From targetting individual cancer cells to engineering tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation find the rapidly evolving nanotechnologies that are allowing us to manipulate the very building blocks of life.
Although we think we are in control of our actions, current psychological research shows that our subjective experience of free will may be an illusion and that instead, many of our choices are influenced by a number of different unconscious factors.
We all agree Professor David Tong is one of the greatest scientific communicators on the planet, and for ALSO20, the Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge will push our understanding of life, the universe and everything even further. David invites us to turn our gaze to Quantum Fields, which he will show are the building blocks of the universe. Explore the physics within yourself as you find out you are a talking, walking bundle of quantum fields - in this session he has allowed us to call quantum fields in elysian fields.
Drawing from her hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics’ and in a high-octane, high entertainment, and humorous exploration, the critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes will explain just what the ancient civilisations can offer modern life.