The FutureEverything festival started in Manchester on Thursday 27th, with the Space Lady and Evian Christ appearing on Stuart Maconie’s BBC Six Music Show. A weekend of arts and music followed, including a pop-up city, ‘City Fictions’ where visitors experienced future visions of city life, realised through extraordinary design fictions, art, architecture and family friendly workshops. The two day FutureEverything conference began on Monday 21st, looking at looking at potential of data & platforms in arts, society, urbanism & governance.
Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco’s Fog of Peace was published. In this unique collaboration, Giandomenico Picco, a veteran UN diplomat, and Gabrielle Rifkind, a psychotherapist and Middle East analyst, argue that a new approach - one which recognises geopolitical complexities but also understands how people think - is now urgently needed to break these cycles of violence.
Sue Biggs, Director General, RHS, and Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh and visited a South London school as part of a Royal Horticultural Society campaign to improve the image of horticulture among young people, said there was now a troubling shortage of young people going into skilled posts. Alan spoke to the Daily Telegraph at the school about how “growing things” to be made part of the national curriculum, as children and young people are becoming “divorced from the great outdoors”.
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) published a report which found that cultural barriers in the workplace were significantly limiting the uptake of paternity leave. The report emphasised how these attitudes placed Government plans for shared parental leave at risk, and further inhibited female career progression. The report received widespread national, regional and trade coverage including The Guardian, BBC News andManagement Today.
The Times Cheltenham Festival programme will be available to browse and download from today at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science. The Festival’s events will focus on everything from fracking to hacking, from autism to the nature of reality, and from the science of comedy to the science of cake – with some entertaining surprises along the way! BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon and wildlife expert and CBBC Deadly Pole to Polepresenter Steve Backshall are this year’s Guest Directors.
The deadline for applications to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme - which provides a fully funded year of learning, a business mentor, and a grant to help individuals launch or grow their social enterprise - is on 3 April. We issued a final call for applications release and have been publicising the taster sessions run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs’ regional centres.