In our Great Reset programme, we look at the major challenges facing us today and explore the proposed solutions to them.
Meaningful action on the part of national governments and political parties is often postponed indefinitely because of their inability to reach an agreement on how to tackle such problems as the climate emergency or the failings of social care programmes, though few would deny that such problems exist.
Combined with this lack of unanimity, there are deep-seated fears and suspicions – about use of data, digital technology and robotics, or the future of democracy, for example – and a wide-spread inability to think in the long-term.
At the same time, there are many good ideas that have the potential for effectively addressing some of our most pressing challenges. These ideas deserve wider coverage and public debate.
The Great Reset builds on 15 years of work in Bristol by Festival of Ideas on the most important issues of our time.
The programme will evolve in response to suggestions from our audiences and our partners.
Future topics include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021); and looking at a new future for cities in our Festival of the Future City (October 2021).
Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.
The 2020 Programme/
Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe
with Tim Cole, Jane Duffus, Sunder Katwala, Jessica Moody and Shawn Sobers
Health Inequality Has Got Worse – But We Can Do Better
Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency
How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World
Prepping for Disaster
The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World that’s Pulling Apart
Solving the Crisis of Care
Legislation and Action for Future Wellbeing
Nazir Afzal, Gina Miller, Joshua Rozenberg and Jessica Simor
with Helen Godwin, Sian Norris, Sandhya Sharma, Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu and Mary-Ann Stephenson
with Thangam Debbonaire, Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth
Reforming Land Ownership
How Can We Face the Risks Ahead?
Why We Need a Social Revolution
with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden
on Leadership and Authority
The Future of Work
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism
Place, Race and Family
Prospects for Humanity
Events are booked on an individual basis. Some are free admission; some are Pay What You Can. All events take place online.