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/

Richard Holloway
Wed 18 November 2020
13:00 - 13:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Richard Holloway and John Gray

Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe

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Photo of Tim Cole, Jane Duffus, Sunder Katwala and Shawn Sobers
Wed 18 November 2020
14:30 - 15:30
Crowdcast
Free Admission
Exploring Bristol’s Past to Understand the City Today

with Tim Cole, Jane Duffus, Sunder Katwala, Jessica Moody and Shawn Sobers

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Michael Marmot
Wed 18 November 2020
16:00 - 16:45
Crowdcast
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Michael Marmot

Health Inequality Has Got Worse – But We Can Do Better

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Jonathon-Porritt
Wed 18 November 2020
19:30 - 20:15
Crowdcast
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Jonathon Porritt

Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency

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GoodAncestorbookcover
Thu 19 November 2020
13:00 - 13:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Roman Krznaric

How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World

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Bradley Garrett
Thu 19 November 2020
14:30 - 15:15
Crowdcast
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Bradley Garrett

Prepping for Disaster

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Noreena Hertz
Thu 19 November 2020
16:00 - 16:45
Crowdcast
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Noreena Hertz

The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World that’s Pulling Apart

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Madeleine Bunting and Rachel Clarke
Thu 19 November 2020
17:30 - 18:15
Crowdcast
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Madeleine Bunting and Rachel Clarke

Solving the Crisis of Care

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Jane Davidson
Thu 19 November 2020
18:45 - 19:30
Crowdcast
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Jane Davidson

Legislation and Action for Future Wellbeing

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Nazir Afzal, Gina Miller, Joshua Rozenberg and Jessica Simor
Thu 19 November 2020
20:00 - 21:00
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
The Future For Law and Democracy in the UK

Nazir Afzal, Gina Miller, Joshua Rozenberg and Jessica Simor

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Pictures of Helen Godwin, Sandhya Sharma, Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu and Mary-Ann Stephenson
Fri 20 November 2020
11:30 - 12:30
Crowdcast
Free Admission
Women and COVID-19

with Helen Godwin, Sian Norris, Sandhya Sharma, Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu and Mary-Ann Stephenson

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Bristol MPs
Fri 20 November 2020
13:00 - 14:00
Crowdcast
Free Admission
Bristol MPs Question Time: The Great Bristol Reset

with Thangam Debbonaire, Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth

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Nick Hayes c Nick Hayes
Fri 20 November 2020
14:30 - 15:15
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Nick Hayes

Reforming Land Ownership

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Toby Ord
Fri 20 November 2020
16:00 - 16:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Toby Ord and Julian Baggini

How Can We Face the Risks Ahead?

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Hilary Cottam
Fri 20 November 2020
17:30 - 18:15
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Hilary Cottam and Melissa Benn

Why We Need a Social Revolution

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Photo of Tsitsi Dangarembga
Fri 20 November 2020
20:00 - 21:30
Crowdcast
Free Admission
The Future of Freedom of Expression

with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden

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New Generation Thinkers, Riccardo Annandale, unsplash
Sat 21 November 2020
10:00 - 11:00
Crowdcast
Free Admission
New Generation Thinkers

on Leadership and Authority

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James Suzman
Sat 21 November 2020
11:30 - 12:15
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
James Suzman

The Future of Work

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Caleb Femi
Sat 21 November 2020
13:00 - 13:45
Crowdcast
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Caleb Femi and Vanessa Kisuule

Poor

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Helen Lewis
Sat 21 November 2020
14:30 - 15:15
Crowdcast
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Helen Lewis

Difficult Women

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Photo of Austin Channing Brown
Sat 21 November 2020
16:00 - 16:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Austin Channing Brown

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

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Paul Collier and John Kay
Sat 21 November 2020
17:30 - 18:15
Crowdcast
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Paul Collier and John Kay

Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism

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Sarah M Broom
Sat 21 November 2020
18:45 - 19:30
Crowdcast
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Sarah Broom

Place, Race and Family

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Martin Rees
Sat 21 November 2020
20:00 - 20:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8
Martin Rees and Margaret Heffernan

Prospects for Humanity

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Events are booked on an individual basis. Some are free admission; some are Pay What You Can. All events take place online.

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