Four Thought talks include stories and ideas which will affect our future, in politics, society, the economy, business, science, technology or the arts. Recorded live, the talks are given by a range of people with a new thought to share.
Wed, 15 May 13
The science writer Emma Byrne argues that, far from tuning out, we should listen carefully when people swear, because they often do so for good reasons.
Wed, 8 May 13
Stewart Henderson argues that a lack of poetry in politics is fuelling disengagement, and makes the case for putting poetry back in political rhetoric.
Wed, 1 May 13
Daniela Papi explores the dark side of volunteering overseas, and asks how local people and wealthy 'voluntourists' alike can ensure a positive experience.
Wed, 24 Apr 13
Historian Mat Paskins argues that history can be made real when we bring back to life the excitement which previous generations felt at new developments
Wed, 17 Apr 13
Emma Woolf explores how people suffering from eating disorders might now have a proper explanation for the condition.
Wed, 10 Apr 13
William Dalrymple introduces the Oscar-winning documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, in Four Thought at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Wed, 3 Apr 13
Ranjini Obeyesekere - the Sri Lankan translator and thinker - argues that a bad translation is better than no translation.
Wed, 9 Jan 13
Anwar Akhtar, Director of The Samosa, argues that Pakistan should think of itself as an Asian nation, not as an Arab one. And after years of working between Britain and Pakistan, he says British Pakistanis are uniquely placed to help Pakistan embrace its multicultural history - and to create a prosperous and peaceful future with India.
Wed, 2 Jan 13
Adventurer Sally Kettle argues that hope is not helpful, and suggests some alternative strategies.
Wed, 26 Dec 12
Designer and technologist Tom Armitage argues that learning to write computer code means learning to think in a modern way, and that it should spur creativity: the possibility of doing entirely new things.
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