Rachel Armstrong Biography
Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as Synthetic Biology – the rational engineering of living systems – and Smart chemistry. She is a fascinating keynote speaker, challenging perceptions, presumptions and established principles around the building blocks of life and society.
She creates open innovation platforms for academia and industry to address environmental challenges such as carbon capture & recycling, smart ‘living’ materials and new approaches to sustainable design. She has recently been nominated for a Katerva Award in Urban Design as the designer of the smart chemistry in a team of visionary practitioners for the Hylozoic Ground installation.
Rachel encourages and designs change as well as promoting new transferrable ways of thinking ‘outside the box’ that enables others to develop innovative environmental solutions. Her approaches are outlined in her forthecoming TED book on Living Architecture.
Background and career
Dr Rachel Armstrong graduated from the University of Cambridge with First Class Honours. In 2009 she embarked on a PhD in chemistry and architecture to pursue her long standing passion for evolutionary processes and environmental impact.
Rachel has an optimistic view of our relationship with technology, which she considers to be the way that our ideas are embodied and implemented. Core to her practice is the belief that new ways of thinking can drive innovation and generate technology that can help us overcome seemingly impossible problems to create a better future for ourselves.
"The biggest threat to our survival is our resistance to change in an unstable world. Architecture can only truly be sustainable when it is connected to nature, not insulated from it."
Rachel Armstrong's current work involves the development of a new group of materials for architectural practice that have some of the properties of living systems but are not actually ‘alive’. She aims to use a qualitatively different approach to building construction and open up the range of tools and techniques for the built environment in a much broader context.
She was awarded a TED Fellowship and then a Senior TED Fellowship the same year, and has an international platform that enables her to connect with a range of audiences, sharing her broad knowledge and experience.
Rachel is a member of the RESCUE “Collaboration between the natural, social and human sciences in global change research” Working Group, an interdisciplinary body of European experts making recommendations to the EU for strategic investment for interdisciplinary/scientific research of climate change. She was also part of the TARPOL report for the European Commission Research – Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology. TARPOL stands for Targeting environmental Pollutions with engineered microbial systems a la carte research area: Biotechnologies (Synthetic biology for the environment – the use of synthetic biology for the solution of environmental problems.)
Her Nature Opinion was published in 2010. She predicts that synthetic biology could offer innovative sustainable approaches to the built environment.
Rachel Armstrong is an innovative and charismatic keynote speaker on innovation, sustainability and technology.
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21st May 2012
Keynote speakers Ajaz Ahmed, Rachel Armstrong and David Rowan have been confirmed as part of the Cannes Lions lineup.
1st March 2012
Speakers Corner boasts a vast selection of TED speakers, including Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Chris Anderson, Rory Bremner, Tim Harford, Magnus Lindkvist, Charles Hazlewood and Nic Marks.
20th January 2012
URBN FUTR, a website providing a narrative and peephole into the cities and society of tomorrow, is running a series on leading futurists from around the world. Some of the break-through generation of futurists participating include Melissa Sterry and Rachel Armstrong.
25th October 2011
âLiving buildings could inhale city carbon emissionsâ, says Rachel Armstrong, senior TED fellow and co-director of Avatar, a research group exploring the potential of advanced technologies in architecture, tells www.cnn.com.
18th October 2011
Corporate speakers and lauded innovation thinkers Christian Majgaard, Lucy P. Marcus and Rachel Armstrong grace The Big Ideas Factory in York for an evening of thought provoking debate and networking in Ron Cooke Hub's purpose built innovation space.
11th September 2011
What does the future hold? This is the $64,000 question that cannot be answered but is open to informed and intelligent speculation, and is a frequently used tool, helping to motivate companies in the current climate of economic gloom.
23rd February 2011
Director magazine has voted scientist Rachel Armstrong amongst Britainâs top ten original thinkers â an elite group of people who have produced big ideas which have helped shape the UK's economic recovery.
16th September 2010
The London Design Festival 2010 will leap into full gear this Saturday for nine days of technicolour technology and creativity. Environmental design is becoming increasingly prominent and speakers such as Rachel Armstrong and Wayne Hemingway are keen to look to the future.
20th July 2010
As a survey announces the rise of womenâs involvement in domestic financial affairs, speakers such as entrepreneur Kanya King MBE and scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE are also becoming increasingly popular. However, is there more to the figures than initially meets the eye?
14th June 2010
Scientists at the University of Salford are building the worldâs first âEnergy Houseâ and Friends of the Earth director and keynote speaker Tony Juniper was there for the launch.
28th June 2012
California is once again the sunny location for TED, the most innovative and exciting conference on the planet, where speakers with âideas worth spreadingâ gather to share their thoughts on technology, design, science, media, politics, the arts, and other insights on how to shape a better word.
29th July 2011
As the 2011 Thinkers50 Summit approaches, Speakers Corner proudly presents a varied catalogue of the highest caliber corporate speakers shortlisted for the prestigious accolade. Amongst the crĂšme de la crĂšme of management personalities are conductor Benjamin Zander, economics expert Kjell Nordstrom and entrepreneur Lucy Marcus.
14th July 2011
Speakers Cornerâs varied and rich catalogue of unique and inspirational personalities is well represented at this yearâs TED Global Summer conference in Edinburgh. Speakers in the Scottish capital include Nic Marks - Founder of the award winning centre for well-being; author and thinker Charles Leadbeater; percussionist Evelyn Glennie and TV scientist Brian Cox.
2nd June 2011
Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes; media mogul Arianna Huffington; facebook genius Chris Cox and happiness expert Tony Hsieh, are some of the top names on a list of the 100 Most Creative People In Business, compiled by industry magazine Fast Company.
3rd March 2011
Bill Gates, technology pioneer, businessman and philanthropist, is amongst the acclaimed hosts at this yearâs TED Conference in California.
4th April 2013
Keynote speaker and leading futurist, Noreena Hertz has finished her most recent book, which will be published in the US and the UK in September 2013.
27th December 2012
Time Magazine has released its list of the best inventions of 2012.
11th June 2012
Co-founder & Chief Executive of the amazing Eden Project, Tim Smit, spoke to the i magazine about a new technical college based at the Eden Project and opening in 2013.
11th May 2012
The TED website has announced the list of innovative speakers who will inspire at this yearâs conference, exploring the theme of Radical Openness, including comedian and corporate host Ruby Wax.
7th November 2011
Management Today asks Sarah Lloyd-Hughes, founder of Ginger Training & Coaching and author of âHow to be Brilliant at Public Speakingâ, for her top tips for public speaking.
19th August 2011
Lucy Marcus is Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting and a highly experienced conference and keynote speaker on global economic trends and best practices for investment. Lucy has been nominated for the 2011 Thinkers 50.
26th May 2011
Britainâs most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians are headed to the Welsh town of Hay-On-Wye for the annual Guardian literary festival.
17th May 2011
The Guardian has compiled a list of Britainâs top 300 intellectuals. Amongst the newspaperâs register of public figures leading the UKâs cultural discourse, are a handful of Speakers Cornerâs elite. Amongst the iIntellectuals are authors, economists, historians, journalists, lawyers, philosophers, policy advisers, politicians, religious leaders, and scientists.
3rd May 2011
Speakers Cornerâs top talent is elevated to the technology elite as Wired Magazine publishes its second annual survey of the UKâs digital power brokers. Featured as leaders in the field are Ian Livingstone , Ajaz Ahmed, Brent Hoberman, Bruno Giussani, Jamie Murray Wells and Stephen Fry.
9th July 2010
TED Global, the famously invite only conference starts in Oxford on Monday. This year, speakers have been chosen to highlight the good news - the breakthroughs, discoveries, new science, new technology and new thinking beneath the troubled newspaper headlines.
7th May 2010
The 2010 Time 100 has just been announced and Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, Simon Cowell, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Prince and Steve Jobs are amongst the one hundred world leaders, thought leaders, artists and heroes included in the list. Time Magazine have been compiling a list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World every year since 1999. It was thought that the 20th Century would be remembered most for science and technology and, at that time, Albert Einstein was crowned the Person of the Century.
24th May 2013
Speakers took to the stage at this yearâs Google Zeitgeist, where they explored the ideas that affect our social, economic, political and cultural surroundings.
16th April 2013
Entrepreneur and star of Channel 4 show âWilly Wonkaâs Chocolate Factoryâ, Willie Harcourt Cooze, has recently released a new range of chocolate desserts and gifts, which are now available all over the UK.
20th March 2013
Inventor of the World Wide Web and keynote speaker, Time Berners-Lee, is going to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
28th February 2013
After dinner speaker and current CEO of Mothercare, Simon Calver, has decided to write a book about his time working as the head of Lovefilm, the movie rental service.
26th February 2013
Kevin Kelly, the after dinner speaker and worldâs leading specialist on the information technology revolution, believes that we should prepare ourselves for robots to take over our jobs.
24th January 2013
Kanya King featured on the cover of Elite Business Magazine this month discussing her rise to fame.
18th January 2013
The Los Angeles Times have released their ten technology companies to watch in 2013.
28th November 2012
Ana Palacio has spoken as part of a panel discussing The Future of Capitalism at The Milken Instituteâs Global Conference in L.A.
20th November 2012
Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry will expound her wisdom at Ignition: Future Of Digital - a two-day conference in New York City exploring the successful and emerging business models of digital media.
29th October 2012
Pranav Mistry â research assistant; PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab and founder of SixthSense, says that Science fiction is not only reserved for the big screen.
24th April 2012
Time magazine has announced its 100 most influential people in the word, in a list including entertainers, businesspeople, political leaders, sporting figures and controversial personalities.
28th March 2012
Kate Humble, Professor Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili as well as Dame Vivienne Westwood are just some of the big names appearing at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June.
10th February 2012
Lucy P. Marcus wrote an article for Reuters about why facebook, and all companies, must have diversity in the boardroom.
2nd February 2012
Social networking site Facebook has announced plans to float on the stock market, in what is expected to be the biggest ever sale of shares by a US internet company.
1st February 2012
Record-breaking solo round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur has been promoting a new approach towards a sustainable economy at Davos.
30th January 2012
Keynote speaker Kanya King presents a three part series for CNN about her journey to set up the MOBO awards.
24th January 2012
From authors to entrepreneurs; from CEOs to ballet dancers, and from scientists to police commissioners, The Times has compiled a list of those inspirational and successful figures who are predicted to hit the headlines in the year ahead, including entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith.
17th January 2012
Professor Hertz, leading futurist, thinker, political economist, and engaging and passionate keynote speaker, makes the case for Co-op Capitalism in an interview for Eco magazine.
13th January 2012
Businesswoman and keynote speaker Jacqueline Gold, who brought Ann Summers parties into living rooms across Britain, spoke to Director Magazine about her journey which turned the sex shop chain into a multimillion-pound business and a high-street name.
27th December 2011
As the year draws to a close, Speakers Corner looks forward to the promise of the intriguing and opportune months ahead. 2012 is set to be a year of economic optimism, business innovation and a host of rising stars on the corporate circuit â all primed to motivate, educate, stimulate and entertain.
23rd December 2011
Google, known for innovation, is constantly creating unique ways to view the data searched through them on the World Wide Web. Their Zeitgeist tool provides a comprehensive snapshot of 2011âs most popular searches.
19th December 2011
Innocent co-founder Richard Reed tells Director Magazine how his company kept control after breaking corporate tradition by selling a ÂŁ30m stake to Coca-Cola in 2009. Innocent has maintained its position as arguably the most successful UK brand of the new millennium, and Speakers Corner proudly presents a host of Innocent speakers, all ideally placed to motivate and entertain on the corporate circuit. Joe McEwan, Dan Germain and Jessica Sansom, as well as Reed himself are all in high demand for corporate events.
15th December 2011
Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of Steve Jobs has topped Amazon's bestseller chart for 2011.
2nd November 2011
Director Magazine has awarded Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers queen, entrepreneur, and retail keynote speaker, the Director of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
12th October 2011
Lucy P. Marcus, founder of Marcus Venture Consulting, has been nominated for the Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award.
11th October 2011
Shaa Wasmund and Lucy Marcus are triumphant as Director Magazine reveals the talented, respected and brilliantly connected women who have made it to the final six of their Best Connected Women shortlist.
26th July 2011
Dame Ellen MacArthur, round-the-world yachtswoman and motivational speaker of the highest caliber, leaves the Ocean behind to become an advocate for systemic change in the way business operates, writes Jo Confino for gaurdian.co.uk.
20th May 2011
The North East of England is the venue for the Entrepreneursâ Forum, where a handful of Speakers Cornerâs top talent take the stage to inspire business leaders and aspirational executives from all over the UK. Hamish McRae, Sarah Willingham, Tim Smit, James Timpson, James Cracknell, and Simon Calver are all on the programme, as are Kanya King, Douglas McWilliams, Karen Mattison, John Timpson and Richard Huntingford â all inspiration and charismatic public speakers.
18th May 2011
Fashionistas beware! Lucy Siegle, journalist, author and presenter, releases a new book which takes a detailed and candid look at how we buy and what we wear. Siegle, featured on the front page of the Daily Mail Life and Style magazine, discusses how fleeting trends and bargains are not healthy for the environment, for the economy or for fashion!
12th May 2011
Business Digest magazine has profiled an idea on Polycentric Innovation put forward by one of the top players in the field. On the topic of globalization and innovation thereâs no one more knowledgeable than Navi Radjou, executive director of the Centre for India & Global Business, Judge Business School, Cambridge University. The magazine also features two interviews with Xerox and Suzlon execs on how they are putting his idea into practice.
21st March 2011
Speakers Corner takes centre stage with an innovative new website and an exciting new identity.
21st February 2011
Sarah Brown, Britainâs ex-First Lady is top of the âTweeteratiâ list, according to The Independent.
15th February 2011
Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading inventors of our time, and consummate speaker and facilitator, is featured on the cover of TIME magazine, alongside a five page spread about his âSingularityâ theory.
10th February 2011
Aol Inc has bought the Huffington Post in the hope that co-founder Arianna Huffington will build an online media empire, reports Bloomberg.
14th July 2010
Internet entreprenuer and digital champion Martha Lane Fox has launched a initiative to help the 10 million people living in the UK who have never used the internet. Martha believes that these are the people that the internet can help most, providing them with access to online services they currently are unable to utilise.
7th July 2010
The women chosen by MT are imaginative and hard working, determined to thrive in tough times. Web entrepreneurs, record label executives, fashionistas, hedge fund managers and a structured credit sales woman made the list.
1st May 2009
Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson and Michael Eavis are among the most influential 100 figures in the world, according to Time Magazine's annual list. Gordon Brown manages to feature twice as all entrants have a profile written about them by a third party. Mr. Brown's honour was to write the profile for President Barack Obama
3rd December 2007
Irish mobile operators have welcomed the introduction of a new application to allow mobile users to track their own carbon footprint.
21st May 2013
Inspirational keynote speaker and co-founder of the global brand Green & Blacks, Jo Fairley, appeared on an episode of âThe Apprentice Youâre Firedâ alongside Dara OâBriain.
18th April 2013
Business speaker and one of the UKâs leading sports executives, Mike Forde has compared the ideas and practices used in professional football to those used in business environments.
11th April 2013
Business speaker and former CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy stepped down from his position at Tesco in 2011 at the age of 55, he has since started working with several charities, invested in small businesses and written a book.
10th April 2013
The Daily Beastâs annual âWomen in the World Summit' took place this week; launched by the publications editor-in-chief, Tina Brown, in March 2010.
27th March 2013
Keynote speaker and former President of Virgin Galactic, Will Whitehorn, has been appointed as chairman of the new Transport System Catapult.
14th March 2013
TV presenter and choir master, Gareth Malone, accepted his OBE this week with his glowing wife by his side.
6th March 2013
Entrepreneur and lifestyle guru Lynne Franks is set to return to a career in PR after 19 years out of the business.
25th January 2013
Rachel Bridge has released another book aiming to help people start their own business.
16th January 2013
Roger Martin is due to speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, along with Joseph Stiglitz and Tim Berners-Lee.
11th January 2013
The popular show will be returning for a four-part Comic Relief celebrity special on BBC Two.
10th January 2013
Experts from the Times have selected 100 âfaces that will define the year aheadâ, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, one of the worldâs most lauded explorers and adventurers, and one of the most popular speakers on the after dinner circuit.
7th January 2013
Forbes has released a list of the twelve women to watch over the coming year.
4th January 2013
Politicians reign in Forbesâ list of the most powerful women.
24th December 2012
CBC News has released its list of the 12 most influential people of 2012, including politicians, activists and the South Korean singer who has recently taken the world by storm.
21st December 2012
Management Today has voted Sir Martin Sorrell, who built advertising giant WPP from scratch, as Britainâs Most Admired leader.
20th December 2012
ClickZ, the marketing experts, have released the 7 social media tactics your budget will need to succeed in 2013.
19th December 2012
Global drinks giant Diageo has been named Britainâs Most Admired Company by Management Today for the second time.
18th December 2012
Jamie Anderson, JĂ¶rg Reckhenrich and Martin Kupp have written a case study for Antwerp Management School on the Lady Gaga business model.
6th December 2012
Charles Hazlewood, the British Paraorchestra, the Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children and athletes from ParalympicsGB have released âTrue Coloursâ, with the hope of sending it to Christmas Number 1.
21st November 2012
Motivational speaker Alexandra Panayotou completed a 24-hour solo running challenge, from which she raised thousands of pounds for the Trussell Trust Foodbank network.
16th November 2012
HR magazine has voted Rosabeth Moss Kanter the Worldâs Most Influential International Thinker.
13th November 2012
David Weinberger, leading expert on social media and the ways which the internet impacts on business and society, has won two International Book awards.
1st November 2012
Emma Sinclair, CEO of target Parking, has been selected by The Telegraph as one of its elite group of inspirational women who share their thoughts in Wonder Women â a new daily online section filled with âsassy, irreverent and intelligent content about politics, business, family, life and sex.â
25th October 2012
With a spectacular presentation at the Speakers Corner showcase event âFuture Forumâ at the Mermaid Theatre, David Rowanâs dedication to re-shaping and defining the future continues.
30th August 2012
Forbes magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 women in the world, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, amongst other heads of state, CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, including Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama and Christine Lagarde.
22nd August 2012
Emma Sinclair â entrepreneur and keynote speaker â has been recognised for her achievements with nominations for various industry awards, exemplified by her invitation to Downing Street in 2012, when she was awarded âStart Up of the Year 2011â.
1st August 2012
Wildlife film-maker and eco-activist Saba Douglas-Hamilton Speaks to the Telegraph about The Secret Life of Elephants, and answers some probing personal questions.
24th July 2012
The Dalai Lama joins former Chairman of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Hans Blix, on the long list of stars from the world of business, sport and politics, who have headlined the Yorkshire International Business Convention.
9th July 2012
Scientist, futurist and keynote speaker Kevin Warwick speaks to Wired magazine about how humans will soon become so like computers and vice versa, that it will be impossible to differentiate between the two.
4th July 2012
Michelle Mone OBE, Charles Dunstone and Tim Smit have been named most inspirational entrepreneurs.
27th June 2012
Keynote speaker Zunaira Munirâs book, Key Concepts in Innovation, is reviewed and branded as a âready reference of innovation termsâ.
7th June 2012
Retail entrepreneur Jo Malone, actress and presenter Denise Van Outen and comedians Jenny Eclair and Dara OâBriain appeared on the final instalment of The Apprentice: Youâre Hired, after winner Ricky Martin was chosen by Lord Sugar.
29th May 2012
Appleâs Jonathan Ive leads Wired Magazineâs top UK digital influences. The Senior Vice-President of Industrial Design for Apple, has âchanged our relationship with technology,â according to Wired.
23rd May 2012
Steve Jobs, one of the worldâs greatest innovators, who died in 2011, was honoured by US President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, at the 16th Annual Webby Awards in New York City.
22nd May 2012
Julie Meyer, Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, entrepreneur, investor and business adviser published an article in the Financial Times about Venture Capitalism and its place in Europe.
17th May 2012
Karren Brady, footballâs first lady, TV star and business speaker, speaks to the Sunday Times about her lack of interest in pursuing TV stardom.
20th April 2012
Lucy Siegle, journalist, broadcaster and keynote speaker on environmental and fashion issues, has been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell prize, for her book on sustainable fashion, To Die For.
4th April 2012
Veuve Clicquot has announced the shortlist for its Business Woman Award. Anya Hindmarch, Helena Morrissey and Ruth Rogers are âshining examples of female entrepreneurship and business success.â
26th March 2012
Hamish Taylor, âmaster thiefâ, keynote speaker and international brand management and innovation expert, ran a workshop in India in the run up to the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the year awards.
21st March 2012
Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, popularizer of science and co-founder of string field theory. He spoke to the Wall St Journal about his visions for the future.
14th March 2012
Richard Branson greeted hundreds of entrepreneurs and delegates at the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool. The eventâs facilitator was Mike Southon, serial entrepreneur and best-selling author.
5th March 2012
Lucy P. Marcus has been ranked 5th in the Independent Newspaperâs âTwitter 100â list of the UK's most influential tweeters in Business. Sir Richard Branson has been named the most powerful tweeting Briton on the list.
27th February 2012
Visionary PR guru and co-founder of London Fashion Week, Lynne Franks talks to Director Magazine about challenging traditional stereotypes to succeed.
24th February 2012
The UK Speechwriters' Guild has announced that the title of UK Business Communicator of 2012 has been awarded to Gillian Tett of the Financial Times.
17th February 2012
Nouriel Roubini, keynote speaker and head of RGE, the independent global economic and market strategy research firm, speaks to Patrick Chovanec about China, and how much stress the system can take.
15th February 2012
Hollywood blockbuster Avatar is becoming a reality with the Japanese creation of a robot that mimics the movements of its human controller, according to reports in the Telegraph.
14th February 2012
Management guru MaxMcKeown is a key British business thinker. His latest publication The Strategy Book gives an insight into the future.
7th February 2012
Corporate speakers and authors Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang speak to Wired Magazine about the harsh reality of why innovators donât always win.
6th February 2012
Gary Hamel, ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the worldâs most influential business thinker, and by Fortune magazine as âthe worldâs leading expert on business strategyâ, is also a leading management speaker. His new book, What Matters Now, is provocative and practical.
2nd February 2012
LinkedIn has recruited Lucy P. Marcus to be one of the 150 thought leaders who contribute to their new Influencers Program.
19th January 2012
Luke Johnson, the man behind Pizza Express and knowledgeable and experienced keynote speaker , talks to Management Today about his mantra: âStay lean, keep learningâ.
10th January 2012
Visionary thinker and futurist, Noreena Hertz will release her latest book The Tiger and The Snake: Twelve Steps to Making Smarter Decision.
14th December 2011
Retail expert Mary Portas has warned that many UK High Streets may be lost after years of âerosion, neglect and mismanagementâ, unless shops and councils work together to regenerate them.
17th November 2011
The Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize will be officially launched at London's Science Museum.
15th November 2011
Lucy P. Marcus, founder of Marcus Venture Consulting, has won the Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award. She was presented with the prestigious accolade at the 2011 Thinkers50 Summit - a world-class management conference and awards dinner, celebrating the best and brightest management thinkers in the world.
14th November 2011
The 2011 Thinkers50 Summit is a world-class management conference and awards dinner, celebrating the best and brightest management thinkers in the world. Presenters at this yearâs event include Vijay Govindarajan, Costas Markides, Marcus Buckingham and Marshall Goldsmith â all ranked in the Thinkers50.
27th October 2011
David Aaronovitch and Simon Jenkins are journalists, broadcasters and columnists, as well as awards hosts and after dinner speakers. They are speaking at the Battle of Ideas - two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas, and hosted by the Royal College of Art in London.
26th October 2011
Claire Young, corporate speaker and motivational speaker, is promoting entrepreneurship with the launch of the new youth initiative Teenbiz, which provides funding to entrepreneurs aged 13 to 18 years old.
21st October 2011
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of a research and consulting organization with a focus on creating winning global strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She is also co-author of multiple best-selling books on China and India, and she will be speaking at the TEDx conference in Rotterdam.
6th October 2011
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of US technology giant Apple, has died at the age of 56.
5th October 2011
Marc Koska OBE has been named by The Economist as the 2011 winner of its award for social & economic innovation â marking his extraordinary contributions to global health care, alongside Devi Shetty â winner of this yearâs award for business-process innovation.
27th September 2011
Karren Brady â corporate speaker, First lady of football and Lord Sugarâs right hand woman on The Apprentice - has been nominated for "Most Inspirational Celebrity" at the Inspiration Awards.
23rd September 2011
It takes more than localizing your customer facing business to win in emerging market, say keynote speaker Nirmalya Kumar and Phanish Puranam in the Harvard Business review.
7th September 2011
Dame Stella Rimington, keynote speaker, author and former Director-General of MI5, announced the six shortlisted authors for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
12th August 2011
One of the top keynote business and strategy speakers, Costas Markides has made a number of contributions to strategic management thinking and is now in the running to be named the most important living management thinker in the Thinkers 50.
8th August 2011
Doug is launching a new programme to mentor entrepreneurs in creative industries in London at part of his School for Startups social enterprise. It is the first time he has focussed on a specific industry and location.
1st August 2011
New Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey showed what she's made of as she joined the new series on BBC2 last night.
22nd July 2011
Management Today has announced their list of 35 Women Under 35, and this year the catalogue of high-fliers belongs to the entrepreneur. Over half the women on the list have been recognised for their start-ups â including the woman who designed Lady Gagaâs knickers!
22nd June 2011
As American businesswoman Martha Stewart calls for women to be paid higher salaries if companies want to exude greater creativity and diversity, the Sunday Times publishes a list of some of the most influential 21st Century Women, including three of Speakers Cornerâs elite - Ruby Wax, Noreena Hertz and Victoria Derbyshire.
15th June 2011
Social networking for kids is the domain of cyber world Moshi Monsters, founded by charismatic young entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith. The site has hit the 50million user mark, as children from all over the world become members of their own network.
9th June 2011
First-time author Tea Obreht has won this yearâs Orange Prize for Fiction. The 25 year old is the youngest recipient of the ÂŁ30,000 award â received in recognition of her novel The Tigerâs Wife â the story of a young doctor on a journey through the war-torn Balkans.
7th June 2011
Retail guru Mary Portas will practice what she preaches with the launch of her own clothes line for âgrown up womenâ, in partnership with House of Fraser in London's Oxford Street.
3rd June 2011
Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today, chairs a discussion about the Future of Content, with Richard Sambrook, Chief Content Officer at Edelman.
31st May 2011
Techno babe Pollyanna Woodward has been nominated for Gadget Personality of the Year. Channel 5âs Gadget Show presenter announced her nomination on Twitter to the delight of her adoring fans.
23rd May 2011
Acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster Alain de Botton, has been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects for his Balancing Barn in Suffolk â as part of the RIBA awards for buildings in the UK. His innovative and creative structure is one of a new generation of holiday homes devised by de Botton for those in search of a kind of Grand Designs-meets-Landmark Trust experience.
16th May 2011
Jojo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison has made the shortlist for Stylist Magazineâs Business Ambassador. The free lifestyle magazine has launched a search for an inspirational female entrepreneur to motivate its readers.
5th May 2011
Brian Cox - scientist, TV presenter and musician, is hosting one of the first events to sell out at The Cheltenham Science Festival, and as a result has announced a second event. Cox, who was a guest director at last yearâs festival, has set up a Wonders of the Universe event, based on the hit BBC TV series.
12th April 2011
Gadget Show presenter and hoverboard inventor Jason Bradbury releases the final instalment of his Dot Robot techno-thriller trilogy, Cyber Gold. The TV presenter, after dinner speaker and awards host spoke to the Young Times about his latest literary outing and his favourite gadgets.
5th April 2011
Bean Queen Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic and inspirational after dinner speaker delivers a strong message, as London celebrates the tastiest bean on earth with a whole week dedicated to the nationâs favourite drink.
31st March 2011
Karren Brady â first woman of football â is encouraging people to discover their health age as part of Bupaâs Helping You Find Healthy campaign. The brilliant Apprentice star and motivational speaker, spoke to The Times about her battle with illness and how important her health has become.
29th March 2011
Michelle McDowell - a civil engineer who was responsible for the ÂŁ70m redevelopment of the Royal Albert Hall - has been named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the year.
15th March 2011
Liz Bonnin, Jem Stansfield, Dallas Campbell and Dr Yan Wong present Bang Goes the Theory, the BBCs guide to popular science, which this week looks at the science behind the devastating Japanese earthquake and the tsunami it triggered.
11th March 2011
Celebrity chef Gregg Wallace and TV presenters Fiona Phillips and Diarmuid Gavin are part of the notable list of celebrities appearing at The Ideal Home Show â Britainâs best loved home event.
10th March 2011
Facebook executives celebrate today as six of their top dogs enter the ranks of the worldâs richest in the Forbes Billionnaire list.
2nd March 2011
Nick Robertson, with his online retailer Asos, has taken top spot in Management Todayâs Top 100 British Entrepreneur race.
25th February 2011
Nicola Horlick has called for positive discrimination to get women into the boardroom, according to the Evening Standard.
24th February 2011
Glamour Editor Jo Elvin takes her place as a judge on Great British Hairdresser this week, on E4s new reality show which aims to open the door to the hairdressing industry at its highest end.
18th February 2011
Kate Humble retraces the steps of 15th-century explorers as she goes on the trail of some of the world's most valuable spices, examining their history, trade, mythology and usage, for a new series on BBC 2.
8th February 2011
Watch out thereâs a new dragon! Hilary Devey - entrepreneur and award-winning business woman - will join BBC2âs Dragon's Den, following the departure of James Caan.
31st January 2011
In a statement jointly issued by David Cameron and Bill Gates, Britain has promised to double its funding to fight the crippling disease polio.
26th January 2011
High profile businesses and cultural speakers, including Bono and Robert DeNiro will swap the red carpet for the white slopes of Davos to attend the annual World Economic Forum.
19th January 2011
With a series of wigs and hidden cameras, mary portas is back on our screens with her new series Secret Shopper. This time she is tackling customer service using the Queen of Shops formula to sort out struggling high street chains.
24th November 2010
Richard Noble has confirmed that the project to develop the fastest car powered by a jet engine and rocket is on track. Work will start on the rear of the car in January next year, the world record breaking attempt due to be scheduled for some time in 2012 on a dried up lake bed in Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
29th September 2010
After an 18 month absence, The Apprentice makes a return to our screens next Wednesday evening. This series Lord Sugar is taking on the recession - considering candidates who have been made redundant or had businesses fail.
2nd August 2010
The âPlastikiâ designed by keynote speaker Michael Pawlyn and sailed by environmentalist David de Rothschild has led to the development of an innovative plastic.
24th June 2010
The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has estimated in his keynote speech at the Cannes Lions 57th International Advertising Festival that Facebook is set to have a billion users.
4th June 2010
Yesterday 6 âastronautsâ boarded the Mars 500 experiment in Moscow, potentially taking us one step closer to a flight to Mars, and keynote speaker and super-technology futurist Dr. Michio Kaku believes that extraterrestrial life is no longer a fantasy.
12th May 2010
A new series, Junior Apprentice, starts tonight with Lord Sugar putting a group of 16 & 17 year olds through some interesting business tasks. In the first episode, the challenge is to sell ÂŁ500 worth of cheese at a London market. At Alan Sugar's side are Karren Brady and Nick Hewer
11th May 2010
Two entrepreneurs present High Street Dreams, a new BBC1 business series mixing business and entertainment. Jo Malone, the founder of the luxury fragrance empire of the same name, together with property tycoon Nick Laslau offer sound advice to entrepreneurs who want to bring their product to the high street and a mass market.
29th April 2010
Pioneer of interactive entertainment and fiction, Ian Livingstone has been presented with an award at the British Inspiration Awards. Britainâs top creative, entrepreneurial and inspirational minds from the worlds of fashion, film, television, arts, science and innovation, were honoured at the inaugural British Inspiration Awards. Alexander McQueen, Sir James Dyson, Nick Park, Michael Eavis, and Sir Terence Conran were amongst the names recognised for their contribution to the Creative Economy of Great Britain and for the Inspiration that they have given to others.
27th April 2010
Sir James Dyson's innovative designs, including the bagless vacuum cleaner, the ball barrow and the ball vacuum cleaner, have been an inspiration to a generation of innovators, scientists and engineers. The company now plans to increase work force with an additional 350 scientists and engineers to work, in particular, with the environmental challenges facing the world
24th March 2010
Ethics and the environment have been added to the list of criteria covering the selection of this year's Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award. The finalists are Laura Tenison, Gill Riley, Victoria Stapleton and Louise Wymer.
1st March 2010
Marks & Spencer has announced plans to make the company the most sustainable retailer in the world by 2015. Talking on Breakfast Television this morning, Sir Stuart Rose confirmed the start of phase 2 of their eco plan, Plan A which was launched in 2007, extending their green targets. New commitments would include making sure all 2.7 billion food, clothing and home items carried at least one sustainable or ethical quality such as being fair-trade or free range.
19th January 2010
Speakers Corner are always delighted to highlight some of their favourite business and entrepreneurial female speakers. We are delighted to feature a few of them in this news article.
19th November 2009
The Times is featuring extracts from Simon Maier and Jerremy Kourdi's book 'The 100: Insights and lessons from 100 of the greatest speeches ever delivered'. Read The Times article on lessons learnt from one of the world's best speakers - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and former chief executive officer of Pixar Animation Studios.
30th October 2009
Rowan Gibson is a global business strategist, a bestselling author and an expert on radical innovation. He teaches organisations how to seize new growth opportunities, create new markets and even transform industries by recalibrating their whole organisational system around the paradigm of innovation. He is also one of worldâs most in-demand business speakers. Rowan has just published his latest online column about how companies need to drive innovation from both the technological side of the organisation and the customer side. To read Rowan's thoughts, just click on the title.
1st October 2009
Links between diversity and company image and inclusivity and staff retention are well known but it is new factors coming to light around increased creativity and better customer service that are ensuring diversity and inclusivity are keys to success.
4th September 2009
Rowan Gibson is a global business strategist, a bestselling author and an expert on radical innovation. He is also one of the worldâs most in-demand business speakers. Rowanâs books have been translated into over 20 languages. His new book Innovation to the Core (co-authored with Peter Skarzynski) was published in March 2008 by Harvard Business School Press. Rowan has just published his latest online column - What exactly is an innovation strategy? To read the article please click on the title.
Will Howard Gardner, a visionary and one of the world's authorities on leadership, be voted Thinker 50 in the 2009 poll?
3rd August 2009
A visionary and lauded public intellectual, Harvard professor, Howard Gardner has not only revolutionized our understanding of intelligence and creativity, but he has also established himself as one of the worldâs foremost authorities on leadership and professional responsibility. He is a contender for this year's Thinker 50 poll and is a much sought-after international keynote speaker
23rd July 2009
Global business strategist, best selling author and expert on radical innovation, Rowan Gibson has written his latest online column, this time focusing on the importance of 'innovation capital' the term coined by British futurologist Hugh MacDonald to describe a company's intangible assets such as brand equity and marketing capability. Click on the title to read Rowan's article.
Speakers Corner will feature some of the world's most influential management thinkers in the run up to The Thinkers 50
2nd July 2009
Over the coming weeks, Speakers Corner will feature some of the world's most influential business & management thinkers who are contenders for The Thinkers 50
18th February 2009
Some good news to counter the current economic doom and gloom from Domino Pizza who plan to open 50 stores this year. Having recently opened new outlets in business areas in London and Manchester, CEO Chris Moore is now targeting the corporate market - office workers who are eating in restaurants less often.
19th December 2008
The economy may be tanking, but not Malcolm Gladwell. His new book, âOutliers,â a characteristically snappy look at what made the Beatles, Bill Gates and other superstars so successful, enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 1
18th December 2008
Sahar Hashemi believes that during an economic downturn, innovation is the single most important condition for turning the crisis into an opportunity. Sahar, one of the founders of Coffee Republic, believes that in challenging economic times companies have a greater need than ever to innovate and behave entrepreneurially.
28th November 2008
Diana Verde Nieto explains why businesses need to master the art of sustainable communications in order to emerge as winners of the global recession
20th June 2008
With Bill Gates' exit, Microsoft loses its public face and greatest advocate Bill Gates ends his full-time job at Microsoft and the company opens for business as if nothing has changed.
14th November 2007
Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, has been voted one of the top business icons in a poll of women by Everywoman and NatWest Bank
23rd May 2013
Sir James Dyson has donated ÂŁ4million towards the building of a new cancer centre at a hospital in Bath.
22nd May 2013
Hollywood actor, Kevin Spacey will be this yearâs speaker at the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
17th May 2013
Olympic Gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington has spoken about her hopes of becoming a TV presenter one day.
16th May 2013
Economist and keynote speaker, Dambisa Moyo has expressed her views on the worldâs resources and where she believes the West stand on the matter.
15th May 2013
The Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy in order to reduce her chances of breast cancer.
8th May 2013
The 2013 series of The Apprentice has begun and Lord Alan Sugar had this yearâs hopefuls selling a host of items including toilet roll, high visibility jackets and Chinese lucky cat statuettes.
30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
25th April 2013
It has been announced that BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen has been appointed as Director of BBC Television.
23rd April 2013
Financial expert and TV presenter, Jasmine Birtles, is teaching companies how to stay rich without really trying.
22nd April 2013
Google are set to release the Explorer Edition of the Google Glass headset and hope to have the eyewear in the hands of programmers before the next I/O conference.
25th March 2013
Olympic double skulls champion and motivational speaker, Anna Watkins, has announced that she is pregnant.
22nd March 2013
Business speaker and former Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke is set to become the new chairman of the Football Association.
19th March 2013
With the help of the generous public and a host of celebrities willing to take part in charity fund raising events and aid work, Comic Reliefâs Red Nose Day raised an impressive ÂŁ75 million.
18th March 2013
Financial journalist and economics speaker, Sarah Pennells, tells shoppers how they can save some money when buying goods online.
11th March 2013
Awards host and TV presenter, Suzi Perry has started her new job as the BBCâs Formula 1 host.
7th March 2013
Popular TV presenter, Michaela Strachan returns to the UK to bring her âReally Wild Adventuresâ to the theatre.
5th March 2013
Awards host and TV presenter, Katie Derham, made the decision to move from ITN to present for the BBC.
21st February 2013
Motivational speaker and former swimming world champion, Karen Pickering, has voiced her opinion on Olympic athletes receiving media attention in light of the criticism that athletes received in the run up to 2012.
20th February 2013
Farmer and after dinner speaker, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, plans to sell his well known, high end meat to Jamaican supermarkets and extend his clothing range.
19th February 2013
TV presenters, Trinny and Susannah are back with a new clothing range for the television channel QVC.
14th February 2013
Formula 1 presenter and popular awards host Natalie Pinkham married Owain Walbyoff in a romantic ceremony in Portugal, and the day was featured in Hello magazine.
11th February 2013
Innovative statistician Hans Rosling spoke to a captive audience at Oslo University about facts - and their necessary place at the top of the priority list for anyone who wants to see positive changes in the world.
8th February 2013
Featured in the Sunday Times, Fraser Doherty, Scotlandâs pride and joy, boasts an arresting smile and friendly charm to top off the fairytale of entrepreneurship and drive, which culminated in one of the UKâs most successful businesses, and defied the economic pessimism of this generation.
6th February 2013
Internationally renowned economist and keynote speaker Linda Yueh will be joining the BBC as Chief Business Correspondent, and will be presenting her own weekly business programme on BBC World News.
5th February 2013
Motivational speaker and awe-inspiring sportswoman Debra Searle has announced plan to take a group of mums trekking to the South Pole.
1st February 2013
Inspirational yachtswoman Dee Caffari has taken her success to the Middle East in the impressive position of coach and skipper of the Women's Sailing Team in Oman.
30th January 2013
The BBC has launched a series of programmes about what the future holds. The âWhat Ifâ series looks at what will come if a number of theories are put to the test, and also incorporates a global competition inviting audiences to create their own vision of the future.
23rd January 2013
Katie Piper has written a new, inspirational book called, Start Your Day With Katie.
17th January 2013
Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford will be aired in March on the Discovery Channel.
31st December 2012
This yearâs New Years Honours list has been dominated by stars of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
25th December 2012
Gizmodo have released their list of the most important gadgets of 2012.
17th December 2012
Frank Bruno and Trisha Goddard have raised awareness for mental health and attended a charity event for Norwich Mind.
10th December 2012
Tanni Grey-Thompson has been appointed to the Independent Commission investigating the Lance Armstrong scandal and to the Board of the London Legacy Development Corporation.
4th December 2012
On 4th December, Victoria Derbyshire presented a BBC Radio 5 Live Broadcast from an Animal Testing Lab.
3rd December 2012
The Sunday Times have released their top TED talks.
27th November 2012
TV presenter, Amy Garcia has spoken to around 600 students at Wakefield Collegeâs Graduation day.
19th November 2012
British model and awards host Alexa Chung has told People Magazine that there are five items of clothing no one can do without this Winter.
14th November 2012
Clare Balding and David Walliams have been hailed amongst the cream of the literary elite, as the Specsavers National Book Awards shortlist is announced.
12th November 2012
Dubbed by the Guardian as âthe voice of the MSN generationâ, Jellyllie published her first book How Teenagers Think, at the age of 15.
8th November 2012
Businessman, designer and keynote speaker Alberto Alessi speaks to the Independent about his background, family and his plans for the future.
5th November 2012
Management Today has listed its top 50 business and economics figures who expound their wisdom on Twitter, and top of the poll is financial broadcast journalist Robert Peston.
30th October 2012
Max McKeown has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year in the Commuterâs Read category, for his latest publication, The Strategy Book .
28th October 2012
Two of the nationâs best-loved actresses, Claire Sweeney and Wendi Peters, returned to their northern roots at Christmas by bringing the magic of Irving Berlinâs White Christmas to life.
17th October 2012
Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell has admitted that running helps her to be a better mum to her children.
15th October 2012
Economist, Dr Linda Yueh, believes that Britain has the potential to come out of the current recession in prime position.
9th October 2012
âRhetoric about the Paralympics sounds hollow when the Government is hellbent on cutting benefits,â writes Comedian Francesca Martinez in the Independent.
8th October 2012
Justin Basini introduces his ground-breaking product ALLOW â hailed as a âproduct of our timeâ by the Daily mail.
4th October 2012
Channel 4 invited London 2012 stars Mark Foster and Louise Hazel to partake in one of the UKs most popular TV shows, Come Dine With Me.
25th September 2012
Lorraine Heggessey, chairman of Boom Pictures, and keynote speaker, said that Elizabeth Murdoch showed âconsiderable braveryâ when she delivered the high-profile McTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, in the wake of News Corpâs core part in the phone-hacking scandal.
18th September 2012
BBC Radio is airing a series, which sees some of the most interesting stories from around the globe broadcast on UK airwaves, including a programme fronted by news presenter and awards host Jackie Bird.
17th September 2012
Keynote speaker on education, Frances Cairncross, spoke to the Independent about the failings of the current education system.
14th September 2012
Newsnight presenter and awards host Emily Maitlis and Writer Jemima Khan flexed their brains in a debate... about hip-hop music.
13th September 2012
Adventurer and motivational speaker Cathy OâDowd has been selected to travel from sea to summit on a mission set to inspire women everywhere.
4th September 2012
Peninah Thomson, chief executive of the Mentoring Foundation and founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme has put a scheme in place to help women hone their leadership style.
3rd September 2012
Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer at BT, supports the idea that âgreenâ is being replaced by blue, in marketing terms.
29th August 2012
Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis at the World Bank Group, says that Russian cities have major problems with setting up electricity services.
28th August 2012
After 17 years away from TV screens, former Treasure Hunt presenter Anneka Rice is in talks with the BBC about fronting at least two new prime-time shows.
24th August 2012
Robert Senior, head of Saatchi & Saatchi, the most famous advertising agency in the world, tells The Independent about his work with The Labour Party.
20th August 2012
Awards host and TV presenter Emma Forbes has launched ForbesStyle.com - a website that encompasses everything Emma loves in life â fashion, food, family, home, travel, health & wellbeing â with web articles, blogs and lots of high quality videos.
16th August 2012
Craig Kielburger who co-founded Free The Children when he was just 12 years old remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, which is now an international charity that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.
27th July 2012
Experienced facilitator and host, and the former golden girl of UK TV, Selina Scott talks to the Mail Online about her career resurrection.
25th July 2012
Nicholas Heiney, son of Radio 4 broadcaster Libby Purves, killed himself at the age of 23, leaving behind a collection of 35,000 words published by his parents to share their son's legacy and talent with the world.
17th July 2012
Keynote speaker Andy Hanselman speaks to Management Issues website about customers who tweet and expect a response. If they donât get one, the result is customer disappointment.
17th July 2012
A truck rescued from the scrap heap and restored in Dorset is about to complete a round-the-world journey - powered by waste vegetable oil, and with Andy Pag at the helm, reports the BBC website.
17th July 2012
London 2012 sprint star Anyika Onuora became unwittingly embroiled in a major athletics controversy at the European Championships in Helsinki.
17th July 2012
Chairman of ITV and âturnround kingâ of Asda, Archie Norman is one of Britainâs most prominent businessmen. He speaks to the FT about problem solving in business.
17th July 2012
Showbiz reporter and awards host Ashley Pearson reviews Madonnaâs punishing workout.
17th July 2012
Barry Gibbons speaks to Jim Blassingame, on his Small Business Advocate website, about his theories on the Universal Laws Of Business.
17th July 2012
In the face of adverse weather predictions, the final leg of Bertrand Piccardâs 2012 Solar Impulse Project has been given the all clear, and will continue home to Payerne, in Switzerland.
5th July 2012
Keynote speaker and CSR expert Wayne Visser has written an article about the next 10 years in CSR.
5th July 2012
Keynote speaker John Mattone has been named in the prestigious biennial Thinkers50 "Guru Radar" list as one of their 25 emerging stars in leadership development.
5th July 2012
Motivational speaker and international spoon bender Uri Geller tells the Guardian how his difficult relationship with food inspired him to motivate others to overcome adversity.
29th June 2012
Waterstones founder Tim Waterstone tells the Guardian that Amazon is âsmart, single-minded and ruthless â and it is destroying Britain's book industry.â
25th June 2012
Having triumphed in an Olympic heptathlon in Sydney, 2000, Denise Lewis is no stranger to the challenge that will face Team GB medal-seekers in the coming games. Lewis is sure that Jessica Ennis has what it takes to repeat her success, but warns that, in any multi-event discipline, there is always the potential for an element of the unexpected.
21st June 2012
Actress, speaker, and all-round funny lady Joanna Lumley has added some weight to a campaign to improve the health and welfare of dairy cows.
18th June 2012
David Weinberger has been named by eContent magazine as one of the top 15 digital media influencers in the world.
14th June 2012
Keynote speaker Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas, writes a report showing how to succeed without recruiting expensive stars.
13th June 2012
Marcus du Sautoy, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and guest speaker at the hay Festival, writes in the Telegraph Online, âA mathematician is like a painter or a poet â a maker of patterns.â
12th June 2012
Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, and consummate keynote speaker, delivers some simple truths in his new book, Management in 10 Words.
8th June 2012
Colin Coulson Thomas discusses a five-year investigation uncovering a more affordable route to high performance in a new book-length report.
31st May 2012
Female jockey Hayley Turner came out top in the Sporting Achievement category at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, presented by Graham Norton.
24th May 2012
Wayne Garvie is making the move from British TV to Sony Pictures Television in the US.
16th May 2012
Trying to change corporate cultures can be a waste of time according to Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas speaking to change programme leaders in the energy sector at a conference in Amsterdam.
15th May 2012
Jim Lawless, one of the most popular inspirational after dinner speakers, has broken the British Freediving Record.
10th May 2012
Top female comedians Catherine Tate and Katy Brand will play a series of historical characters in a new one-off comedy called Psychobitches.
8th May 2012
Stuart Rose, former CEO of Marks & Spencer and consummate keynote speaker, speaks to Management Today and tells how he started out selling men's pyjamas and ended up grappling with Philip Green.
4th May 2012
Olympic diver and motivational speaker Tom Daley has been immortalised as a sculpture which is on display at Kevin McLoudâs Grand Designs exhibition.
2nd May 2012
Vijay Govindarajan is Professor of International Business at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire. He is a keynote speaker and an expert on strategy and innovation, and has been ranked no. 3 on the Thinkers 50 list of the worldâs most influential business thinkers.
1st May 2012
The Sunday Times Rich List has identified those who are battling out the recession â and winning. Management Today has pinpointed the UK entrepreneurs on the list who are rising through the ranks of the countryâs wealthiest, and leading the way is Sir Richard Branson.
17th April 2012
Former Orange prize winner Ann Patchett is in the running for the award for fiction written by women for the second time.
13th April 2012
The Wellcome Trust, one of the world's largest funders of science, is backing a campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared free online, reports The Guardian.
9th April 2012
Gold Medalist Amanda Beard shares her story about growing up in the Olympic spotlight in her brand new memoir, In the Water They Can't See You Cry.
5th April 2012
Luke Johnson, entrepreneur and keynote speaker, tells Management Today how Mentors can be extremely useful in business, but it takes real luck to find a good one.
5th April 2012
Futurologist , technology analyst and keynote speaker Ray Hammond, looks to the future with exciting predictions, including a possible cure for Alzheimers and glasses which will place computers inches from your eyes!
29th March 2012
Carol Vorderman, TV presenter and awards host, joined a group of WWII veterans to launch the Bomber Command Memorial Fund's Poppy Salute Appeal in London.
29th March 2012
Navi Radjou, speaker, advisor and author, promotes his new book on how to be successful in the 21st century, Jugaad Innovation. Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning an innovative fix; an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness.
22nd March 2012
Keynote speaker and Business editor Robert Peston analyses George Osborneâs 2012 budget on the BBC website. He believes that the business community will be fairly well-served by the financial changes to come, particularly by the cut in the top rate of income tax.
20th March 2012
Body language expert Judi James analyses Kate Middletonâs first public speech since becoming a princess.
19th March 2012
The 2011 Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau has secured a ÂŁ250,000 investment from Lord Sugar for his nail file business plan, a project he began working on before he starred on the BBC One reality series.
16th March 2012
Holly Willoughby has been confirmed as the host of ITVâs new version of Surprise Surprise.
15th March 2012
Sian Williams, broadcaster and awards host, has made her final appearance on the BBC Breakfast sofa.
13th March 2012
Mary Portas, retail guru and keynote speaker, is on a mission to kick start a recovery in British manufacturing with a new TV series, Maryâs Bottom Line.
8th March 2012
To celebrate International Womenâs Day, The Guardian has compiled a list of the top 100 most inspirational and influential women in the world â many of whom are consummate and experienced corporate speakers, and available to book through Speakers Corner.
6th March 2012
As society changes, futurists at Time magazine explore ten ideas that have altered the way we live and will continue to do so until the world becomes unrecognisable.
22nd February 2012
Tim Campbell, entrepreneur and business speaker, and winner of the first series of The Apprentice, has received an MBE in the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours list.
16th February 2012
Stand-up comedian Miles Jupp and former Olympian Fatima Whitbread have joined the line-up for the charity show Letâs Dance for Sport Relief.
3rd February 2012
Alex Polizzi, hotelier, corporate speaker and awards host, makes her debut as The Fixer in the first of a new six part series on BBC2.
27th January 2012
Microsoft founder and Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has addressed the World Economic Forum at Davos and pledged a further $750m (ÂŁ479m) to a global fund to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
23rd January 2012
The BBC website magazine has asked readers for their predictions of life in 100 years time, and has brought in futurist and keynote speaker Ian Pearson to comment.
18th January 2012
Alex Price, HR and business manager for Akzo Nobel, which owns brands including Dulux, has told C&IT magazine that tough economic times call for extra focus on motivation activities. Speakers Corner has a vast array of motivational speakers to choose from, so call us to discuss a January boost for your team!
11th January 2012
Motivational speaker and Blue Peter action girl Helen Skelton takes on the thrilling challenge of Sport Relief with The Polar Challenge.
9th January 2012
Rapper Kanye West has announced plans for a new venture to bring together the worldâs greatest thinkers, designers, scientists and experts.
3rd January 2012
Newsnight presenter, facilitator, after dinner speaker and awards host Kirsty Wark is moving to primetime to front A Question of Taste - the toughest food quiz on BBC 2!
22nd December 2011
The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen, by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw has reached the Economist Book of the Year list. The book breaks all the rules of popular science-writing, by two of Britainâs best known physicists.
12th December 2011
Ruby Wax, charismatic awards host and comedian, has been nominated for The Jo Hutchinson International Best Solo Performance in the 2012 WhatsOnStage.com Awards, for her performance of Losing It.
9th December 2011
Adrenaline junkie Pollyanna Woodward speaks to OK Magazine about her next adventure: the Patrouille des Glaciers - originally organised by the Swiss Army to test the endurance abilities of its mountain troops in World War Two.
8th December 2011
One of the biggest current threats to business is fraud, and as the year draws to a close, Speakers Cornerâs Alexis Conran is ardently speaking to management teams all over the country to ensure that they safeguard themselves against scams at any level.
6th December 2011
Samsung has released a YouTube video showcasing the potential future look and feel of tablet computers, using ultra-thin, flexible screen technology.
2nd December 2011
Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards has ranked property company Berkeley Group, chaired by savvy entrepreneur Tony Pidgley, top of the game.
1st December 2011
Marc Koska, OBE, is a leader in the fight against AIDS. With his non-reusable syringe, he has so far saved between 8-10 million lives, and continues to battle the disease as the UK unites on World AIDS Day.
29th November 2011
Alastair Humprehys â epic adventurer - has been named as one of National Geographicâs Adventurers of the Year 2012.
24th October 2011
The future of entrepreneurs is set as the second series of the Young Apprentice has hit UK screens. Lord Sugar gives another group of 12 ambitious schoolchildren a chance to kickstart a future career in business.
20th October 2011
Anil Gupta, widely recognized as one of the worldâs leading experts on strategy, globalization and emerging markets, will be serving as an invited speaker at an exciting new event in SingaporeâBanyan: Ideas for an Asian Century.
7th October 2011
Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School. She is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations - she actively advises companies across the world and is a busy conference speaker. She has been nominated for the Thinkers50 2011.
3rd October 2011
Fresh off the back of his meetings with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends is back in the US for the release of his new book, featured in The Huffington Post. Jeremy spoke to editor Tom Zeller about his latest publication.
30th September 2011
Philip Kotler, keynote speaker and award winning marketing expert, academic, marketing consultant & author, has been nominated for the Thinker50 Poll, 2011. Philip travels the world as a conference speaker on applying sound economic and marketing science principles to increase competitiveness.
29th September 2011
Dee Caffari, motivational speaker and inspirational keynote speaker, has been nominated for the coveted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.
22nd September 2011
TV Dragons and keynote speakers Doug Richard and Peter Jones CBE are inspiring young entrepreneurs at the MADE festival in Sheffield, alongside Apprentice star and entrepreneur Claire Young. The UKâs premiere festival for entrepreneurs is set to make the business stars of tomorrow.
21st September 2011
Queen of Shops Mary Portas has taken the world of shoes by storm, with a collection for Clarks that has sparked a waiting list of over 1000 customers.
16th September 2011
Amid the madness and hyperbole sorrounding the new economy, Dr KJELL NORDSTRĂM is the enfant terrible of the new world of business. The 2009 Thinkers 50, the biennial ranking of management thinkers, ranked NordstrĂ¶m number 23 in the world and put him in the top five list for Europe. He has been nominated for the Thinkers50 2011. Kjellâs dynamic style makes him a sought after keynote speaker throughout the world. He has served as an advisor/consultant to several large multinationals as well as running smaller interactive workshop sessions.
15th September 2011
This month Robert Winston explores the themes of his recent book for children, Science Experiments, at the British Science Festival in Bradford.
2nd September 2011
Marcus Buckingham has spent years helping clients find and motivate their most talented employees. He is one of the most thought-provoking and motivational business speakers and international keynote speakers. Marcus has been nominated for the 2011 Thinkers 50.
1st September 2011
Luke Johnson, the business brain behind Pizza Express, launches a new book - START IT UP: Why Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think.
23rd August 2011
Sir David Attenborough is to receive a special award from the International Broadcasting Convention. Attenborough is being honoured for his six-decade-long career in television and, in particular for his natural history work.
15th August 2011
As the UK prepares for London 2012, a post-Games vision is already in place. Property developer Delancey with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has purchased the Olympic Village for ÂŁ557 million with plans to build a London âneighbourhoodâ once the greatest sporting event of the decade is over.
10th August 2011
The series starts tonight with June Brown who looks back into her past to find out if she is a real Eastender!
9th August 2011
In a brand new series, entrepreneur and property developer, Sarah Beeny follows six communities aiming to breathe life back into their area, with the aid of a six-figure grant from the Big Lottery Fund and an army of volunteers.
5th August 2011
From mid-September Natasha will be returning to her first love - the news! She will take on the role of news anchor on ITV's London Tonight.
3rd August 2011
Marcus du Sautoy continues his fascinating series The Code on BBC2 tonight at 9pm - where maths and the magical converge!
28th July 2011
British creativity is celebrated at Londonâs Southbank, as the Royal Festival Hall is treated to a âvintage makeoverâ curated by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. The celebration will mark the landmarkâs 60th birthday with an enormous Vintage Marketplace, hair and make-up parlours, tea parties, creative workshops, and themed bars and restaurants.
12th July 2011
Speakers Corner is proud to announce a rich catalogue of its finest artists confirmed to attend The Cheltenham Literary Festival - one of the UKs best loved book festivals.
5th July 2011
Mathematician and keynote speaker Marcus du Sautoy will collaborate with children's author Lauren Child, creator of Charlie and Lola, as a "super geek consultant" on her latest series of books, Ruby Redfort.
4th July 2011
The Cheltenham Music Festival has become one of the most popular UK summer festivals, previously boasting the highest calibre of international musicians, and this year is no exception. Percussionist and after dinner speaker Evelyn Glennie headlines at an event which promises to ignite the musical passions of South West England.
30th June 2011
Peter Snow, Kirsty Wark and James Naughtie were amongst high profile faces creating a magical atmosphere at this yearâs Borders Book Festival. Also lighting up the picturesque Scottish town of Melrose were comedians and commentators Rory Bremner, Michael Parkinson, Rory McGrath, Maureen Lipman and Tom Conti.
27th June 2011
Professional Speaker, author and one of the UK's top entrepreneurs Deirdre Bounds goes undercover for Channel 4's Dispatches to investigate gold mining in the UK and how our jewellers mislead us.
24th June 2011
Mayor of London and acclaimed after dinner speaker Boris Johnson; Sir Richard Lambert, former Director-General at CBI and Lord Peter Mandelson, chairman of the Global Council, are amongst speakers at The Times CEO Summit.
23rd June 2011
This yearâs Sunday Times Festival of Education welcomes almost 150 speakers of the highest calibre, including some of Speakers Cornerâs elite - Robert Winston, Niall Ferguson, Hamish McRae and David Rowan. Ranging from former government ministers, scientists and headteachers to academics, journalists and chief executives, all with experience, knowledge and opinions that should enrich, broaden and deepen debates about education.
13th June 2011
Showbiz star Bruce Forsyth, world athletics champion Jessica Ennis and Womanâs Hour presenter Jenni Murray have been honoured in the Queenâs Birthday List.
10th June 2011
Festival season continues â and this week the UKâs literati head to North West London for the first ever Queenâs Park literary
1st June 2011
As book fans gear up for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Speakers Cornerâs lettered finest polish off their radio mikes for the start of one of the newest festivals of the season. David Walliams, BBC presenter Dan Cruickshank, playwright Steven Berkoff , Alexei Sayle, Howard Marks and Stewart Lee are all set to take part in the second Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
27th May 2011
The biggest names in the world of the Internet have gathered for the e-G8 â a precursor to the G8 summit â including Mark Zuckerberg, Facebookâs founder and chief executive, Eric Schmidt, Googleâs executive chairman, and Jeff Bezos, Amazonâs chief executive.
10th May 2011
Charles Dunstone, Luke Johnson, Duncan Bannatyne and Nick Robertson are amongst Speakers Cornerâs elite that feature in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List. Economic commentator Philip Beresford claims that during times of economic downturn, when most Brits are feeling the pain of spending cuts, there are a group of high rollers marching onwards and upwards.
4th May 2011
Lord Alan Sugar has warned that he doesnât want any losers on the new series of The Apprentice. As Karren Brady and Nick Hewer prepare for another series as Lord Alanâs advisers, the hopeful candidates are preparing themselves for a gruelling 12 weeks. The business wannabes have been warned by Alan Sugar that things will not go well if they are unwilling to get their hands dirty.
28th April 2011
As Prince William and Kate Middleton become husband and wife, guests at the wedding of the year will include three of Speakers Cornerâs top personalities - Sir Clive Woodward, Tara Palmer Tompkinson and Ben Fogle.
25th April 2011
TV presenter and charismatic live awards host Jason Bradbury is fronting a new game show in which two teams are invited into the underground forest of a 4ft robotic hare, voiced by Sue Perkins, where they face a series of physical and mental challenges.
15th April 2011
As London prepares for the annual marathon, Mayor Boris Johnson announces plans for the world's largest timed bike race in the capital. On March 17th, as professional and amateur runners take to the streets of London, Boris Johnson announces plans for The âLondon Marathon on Wheelsâ â a parallel race for the worldâs top pro riders. Scheduled for 2013, the race will see up to 30,000 cyclists taking to the streets on their bikes in a televised race.
13th April 2011
Dee Caffari, yachtswoman and motivational speaker, has completed the Barcelona World Race and set a new record.
8th April 2011
As the countryâs literati pack their bags in Oxford this weekend, a handful of Speakers Cornerâs elite â including Melvyn Bragg, Madhur Jaffrey, Jonathan Powell and Adam Boulton â take the stage with inspirational and entertaining presentations.
6th April 2011
Arts presenter, conference facilitator and awards host Mariella Frostrup speaks to the Mail Online about her desire to present an air of intellect to confound being stereotyped as a âvacuous blondeâ.
4th April 2011
Oxford is the centre of the book-reading world this week as the elite literati gather for the annual Sunday Times Literary Festival, and Speakers Corner is proud to present a handful of its best who will be giving inspirational and entertaining presentations.
1st April 2011
Adventurer and motivational speaker Sarah Outen embarks on an epic adventure which starts at Tower Bridge in London â and ends in Tower Bridge â via the world!
28th March 2011
Kirsty Young, one of the UKs top broadcasters, presents The British at Work â a study of employment in the postwar years. Her modulated tones take BBC2 viewers through an examination of how attitudes to jobs have changed since the end of World War II.
25th March 2011
Natasha Kaplinsky hosted Speakers Cornerâs latest showcase highlighting the best speaker talents around, including Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and Tessa Jowell. Scintillating Conversation about the Olympics was accompanied by a delicious breakfast in Central London.
22nd February 2011
Sir Chris Hoy has spoken of his delight at the unveiling of the first of the London 2012 Olympics venues â the Velodrome.
17th February 2011
As Apprenticeship Week 2011 draws to a close, Tim Campbell talks to Metro about motivating young people to become a success.
9th February 2011
The UK Speechwritersâ Guild has announced that speaker and author Geoff Burch is their Business Communicator of the Year 2011!
3rd February 2011
Presenters Denise Van Outen and Matt Johnson have signed up to host Channel 5's entertainment news show OK! TV - premiering this February. The show will feature celebrity interviews, features about music and fashion, and showbiz gossip.
2nd February 2011
The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg has finally met Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbeg face-to-face - on national TV.
27th January 2011
Inspirational Olympic sportsman James Cracknell introduces a new film about Captain Scottâs ill-fated Expedition to the Antarctic of 1910, which ended with the death of Scott and four other crew members.
10th January 2011
Speakers Corner presents our latest showcase highlighting the best speaker talents around. Scintillating Conversation about the Olympics will be accompanied by a scrumptious breakfast.
10th January 2011
Whatâs A Facilitator? A pretty face? A sparkling wit? Itâs all of that and a whole lot moreâŠ.
6th January 2011
With the expected arrival of glasses-free 3D games, the iPad 2, and the possibility of using your mobile phone as a credit card, technology and futurist speakers are more in demand than ever. Social media experts such as Jane Young, Shaa Wasmund and Rahaf Harfoush will be keen to see the increasing impact of tools such as social Q&A site Quora in the coming year.
5th January 2011
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed news of a ÂŁ2000 boost to budding entrepreneurs - the aim being to create 40,000 new businesses by 2013. Entrepreneurial speakers such as James Caan and Tim Campbell (with his Bright Ideas Trust) are keen to provide similar funding and support for business start-ups.
21st December 2010
As 2010 draws to a close, Speakers Corner would like to highlight Google's tool, Zeitgeist as a fascinating tool to check out what the world is searching on through Google - hopefully giving us a snapshot of trends and hot topics throughout the world in 2010
8th December 2010
Management Today magazine has once again named its Most Admired Companies for 2010. Unilever netted the top prize for the first time, despite finishing in the top 6 on 9 previous occassions. The outsourcing specialist Serco took second place and previous winner Shell took third.
7th December 2010
Given the difficulties in Copenhagen, scepticism surrounds the current summit in Cancun and few believe that a global climate deal will be possible... However, keynote speaker Richard Branson has not lost heart and his âCarbon War Roomâ is in full swing with the âGigaton Awardsâ and new proposals for the shipping industry.
6th December 2010
Keynote speaker Lucy Marcus joined Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Professor Laura Tyson and Oscar-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver for the conference on âWomen, Change and Visionâ in Seoul, Korea
2nd December 2010
Speakers including Laura Tenison MBE â the Founder and MD of JoJo Maman Bebe â and Lucy Marcus â the CEO and Founder of Marcus Venture Consulting â have been considering the female role models who have inspired their success.
23rd November 2010
Biz Stone (Co-Founder of Twitter), Reid Hoffman (Executive Chairman and Co-Founder at LinkedIn), and Brent Hoberman (Co-Founder of Lastminute.com, and Founder and CEO of MyDeco) have been sharing their new media insights for the future of global technologies at the University of Oxford
27th October 2010
The speaker and author of the acclaimed book Future Files, has published his latest book, Future Minds. Richard's latest offering explores the way that screen culture is shaping our future and Richard proposes his own thoughts on the dangers of our potential addiction to data!
19th October 2010
When any speaker gives advice to a politician about how to make political speak and policies more understandable, we at Speakers Corner are always happy to listen. In this instance, the highly aclaimed speaker Dan Roam has a piece of advice for President Obama in his efforts to explain the benefits of the new health care law - draw pictures.
15th October 2010
The TV newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave FIVE in December, the channel announced yesterday, bringing to an end the deal which made her Britain's highest-paid current-affairs presenter.
7th October 2010
Speakers Nick Hewer and Karren Brady appeared alongside Lord Alan Sugar last night for the start of Series Six. Karren discusses what she has learned from Lord Sugar as he aims to change his approach on this yearâs show
1st October 2010
The speed of change has brought an increasing level of uncertainty about future trends which are more immediate than ever. As a result Speakers Corner has seen a rise in demand for futurist speakers and the trend-spotting guidance they provide.
24th September 2010
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is valued at $6.9bn in Forbes rich list, jumping above Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch.
22nd September 2010
Footage collected in the BBC's latest expedition series has shown evidence of wild tigers living at high altitude in the Himalayas. Catch the second and third installments of Lost land of the Tiger tonight and tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC One.
14th September 2010
This week the British Science Festival is taking place in Birmingham. Presenter Tony Robinson and comedian Shazia Mirza will be among the guest speakers celebrating the theme of âBetter Lives Through Scienceâ.
7th September 2010
Tomorrow morning Clarence House will be opening its beautiful gardens to the public for âA Garden Party to Make a Differenceâ, and Clive Anderson and Jonathan Dimbleby will be there to facilitate the debates on sustainable living.
3rd September 2010
Record-breaking round the world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur has launched a new foundation that will aim to find long-term solutions for a sustainable economy. It will bring together young people in education and business innovation to "re-think" the entire way we run our economies.
27th August 2010
Professor Tanya Byron's latest report indicates that family games are becoming a lost art, as time pressures, miscommunication, boredom, and lack of clear advice are cited by parents as contributing factors to not spending enough time playing with their children.
16th August 2010
It has been announced that Stephen Fry has been appointed to join the board at Norwich City football club and he joins a league of writers, chefs, and business leaders such as Theo Paphitis and Karren Brady who are well-acquainted with the world of business and football
29th July 2010
Recent surveys have revealed the increasing influence and importance of social media and digital experts and speakers Ray Hammond and Clay Shirky look at what this means for the future of business and creativity.
19th July 2010
Itâs Dame Evelyn Glennieâs birthday today and as TEDGlobal comes to a close for 2010, the magic of music and motivation are firmly on the business agenda.
12th July 2010
This important study was launched yesterday to mark World Population Day and the studyâs working group will involve the keynote speaker and founder-director of think-tank Forum for the Future, Jonathan Porrit CBE.
8th July 2010
Leo Johnson, keynote speaker, co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, spoke at a roundtable discussion yesterday about the challenges of a low-carbon economy confronting government and investors.
6th July 2010
The first winner of The Apprentice Tim Campbell has just been announced as the Mayorâs new Ambassador for Training and Enterprise.
30th June 2010
The Dandelion building, part of the UK pavilion at the Shanghai Expo has won Royal Institute of British Architectsâ Lubetkin Prize. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the so-called "Seed Cathedral" was chosen to fit in with this year's theme of sustainable development.
29th June 2010
Keynote Speaker Theo Paphitis describes the budget as âpositiveâ, and after two years he believes the time is finally right to start investing tens of millions.
21st June 2010
?What If! guru Kris Murrin has taken on a senior role at No 10 and she is not the first of the ?What If! innovators to achieve such success. Keynote speaker Chris Barez-Brown has since set up his own company Upping Your Elvis and gone on to write a best-selling book on practical ideas to kick-start your creativity.
16th June 2010
The Borders Book Festival kicks off tomorrow in the stunning setting of Harmony Gardens in Melrose. The festival has grown in to a national UK event over 4 days in June. This year the organisers have once again bagged themselves an impressive speaker line up including, John Prescott, Kate Adie, Gervase Phinn, John Simpson, Victoria Wood and Rory Bremner.
11th June 2010
17 year old Arjun from Essex won the first series of Junior Apprentice last night, & the juniors showed the adults a thing or two as they posted the biggest profits ever recorded since The Apprentice began. Business keynote speaker Karren Brady was on hand to assist 'Uncle Lord Sugar'.
27th May 2010
Apple is on a roll at the moment and whatever you think of the new iPad - due to be launched tomorrow at the flagship store in London - there is no denying the phenomenal success of Apple as a brand and technology leader.
13th May 2010
In this new era of coalitions, Speakers Corner could discuss the potential dawn of a new phase of politics but we prefer to take a look at some of our favourite speakers who have joined together to create excellent double speaking acts for any conference or event
5th May 2010
Last night was the first of a three part series on BBC2 in which Theo Paphitis is helping UK businesses to expand overseas in Theo's Adventure Capitalists. Whilst Duncan Bannatyne offers his expertise to the UK's seaside towns on Virgin 1 in a six part series called Duncan Bannatyne's Seaside Rescue. And as 'Seaside Tsar', Duncan Bannatyne is helping the Labour Party launch its Seaside Manifesto setting out plans to reduce unemployment and regenerate Britain's seaside resorts.
21st April 2010
Brain training games do nothing to boost mental sharpness, scientists have claimed. In a special programme of Bang Goes the Theory tonight the team will present the finding of the research published in the respected journal Nature. Presenter Dallas Campbell said: "Millions of us play brain-training games on the assumption that expensive games make us better at everyday thinking tasks. We set out to gather real, scientific evidence that would answer the question of whether these games are worth our money. And now we have our answer." In an experiment, more than 11,000 people spent six weeks practising puzzles on computers. They did get better at the games - but there was no improvement in their mental abilities. Brain-training games are a multi-million-pound industry. Many are marketed as helping to improve memory, keep the mind active and, in some cases, prevent dementia.
14th April 2010
Paralympic gold medallist Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson has taken her place in the House of Lords as a people's peer. Baroness Grey-Thompson, from Redcar, is Britain's most successful Paralympian, with 11 gold medals in wheelchair racing, as well as seven golds in world championships. She has set 30 world records in her career.
13th April 2010
Numerous gardening programmes have hit the screens this month. Gardeners' World is back and there is a second series of Grow Your Own Drugs with James Wong. The newist gardening show to be aired is The Edible Gardener, which is presented by Alys Fowler hoping to appeal to the younger generation of gardeners.
12th April 2010
The part in Willy Russel's Shirley Valentine, which was made famous in the film by Pauline Collins, is currently being perfomed on stage by the award-winning actress, comedienne and author, Meera Syal. Shirley Valentine is part of a Willy Russell season at the Chocolate Mernier Factory in London and Meera Syal, in the lead role, has received rave reviews.
18th March 2010
An electric plug which can be folded flat has beaten 90 international entries to win the Brit Insurance Design of the Year award. Min-Kyu Choi, from London's Royal College of Art, hit upon the idea after having to carry around a bulky conventional plug to charge his laptop.
Innocent's Dan Germain shared a stage with Rob Law & other inspirational young entrepreneurial speakers
11th March 2010
Innocent's Creative Director Dan Germain shared a stage at The Entrepreneurs Forum's Use Your Loaf youth event yesterday with Trunki's Rob Law. Numerous other young entrepreneurs also spoke at the event including Fraser Doughty (Super Jam), Julian Leighton (Orange Bus), Emily Cummins the young entrepreneur of the year, Jonathan Grubin (MiniG Media), Matt Scott (MES Footwork) and Darren Williams (Hair X-Tensions)
8th March 2010
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The first IWD was run in 1911.
24th February 2010
The famously ethical ice cream brand has stayed true to its roots, and has just announced plans to makes its products entirely fair trade. Many assumed the company's ethical stance would slowly be wrung out by the Unilever Corporation after they acquired the company in 2000. It seems Unilever decided it was wise to let the brand continue its focus on social responsibilty. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were in London to announce plans to make Ben & Jerry's fully Fairtrade compliant in all its European products by the end of 2011, followed by the rest of the world in 2013.
19th February 2010
Five has announced an extension to its very successful 'Inspector' format with the commission of The Business Inspector. Straight-talking business woman and speaker, Hilary Devey will assume the title of The Business Inspector, hoping to transform struggling British businesses. Hilary will improve their all round business knowledge in a bid to stop so many businesses in Britain from going bust every year. You can catch the first episode of The Business Inspector on Five at 8pm on 10th March.
Charlie Leadbeater explores the role of social entrepreneurs in education in extreme environments in his latest report
3rd February 2010
Charlie Leadbeater has just completed his âLearning from Extremesâ report. This report written by Charlie Leadbeater and Annika Wong explores the role of social entrepreneurs promoting new approaches to learning in slums and informal settlements in developing world cities, particularly in India, Brazil and Kenya. Learning from the Extremes is based on more than 100 case studies of socially entrepreneurship in education in âextremeâ environments.
Kirsty Young, celebrity presenter of Desert Island Discs, presents BBC2's series 'The British Family'
19th January 2010
Kirsty Young, the celebrity presenter of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs presents BBC2's new series 'The British Family' aired on Monday nights at 9pm. The four part series examined the changing attitudes to marriage after the war and the impact that the sexual revolution had on the British family.
15th January 2010
The Observer Ethical Awards have been launched for 2010. The Awards reward those individuals and organisations which represent the ethical best in class in the UK today. You can vote for your favourite green gods and godesses for campaigner of the year, politician of the year, online retailer and local retailer. The judging panel, including Lucy Siegle, Ben Fogle, Kate Humble and Deborah Meaden will vote on the remianing categories.
14th January 2010
Britain should focus less on building environmentally friendly housing and more on providing âhappyâ places to live, according to Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud. The presenter journeyed to the Dharavi slum in Mumbai after hearing claims that it might hold some answers to the problems facing our cities. Kevin lived, slept, worked and ate in the slum where disease is rife and it is estimated that there is one lavatory for every 1,400 residents. Kevin believes that the British Government shouldn't worry so much about creating eco-towns, but instead focus on the social aspect of housing, how to make people happier.
8th January 2010
Management Today has published its annual list of Britain's top 100 entrepreneurs for 2010. Topping the list is Petrofac boss, Ayman Asfari. He is joined by three other men from the oil industry, Richard Higham from Acteon, Aidan Heavey from Tullow Oil and Sir Ian Wood of the Wood Group. Meanwhile a little further down the list, Britain's fashionistas are also holding their own, with Net-a-Porter's Natalie Massenet leading the way in third place in the list. Carly Read of Icon Live, The White Company's Chrissie Rucker, and LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett are all in the top 100.
Economics & environmental speaker, Jeffrey Sachs believes a new 'world environmental organisation' is needed to deal with climate change worldwide
7th January 2010
The director of the Earth Institute, Jeffrey Sachs - an economist and eminent international speaker - believes that a new organisation needs to be founded to combat the effects of climate change. He also states that global financing for poor countries must improve if international agreements on climate, land use and biodiversity are to succeed. Jeffrey Sachs is speaking today in Paris at a New World, New Capitalism conference alongside economist Joseph Stiglitz, President Sarkozy & French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde
31st December 2009
Richard Watson, the man who predicted the credit crunch has made his predictions for 2010. The British trends advisor who lives in Sydney successfully predicted the credit crunch and was spot on when last year he predicted 2009 to be a year dominated by loathsome bankers, comtempt for high-earning CEOs and campaigns to protect local businesses.
30th December 2009
The last 12 months have been busy in the arts world. Some of the highlights include Carole Ann Duffy's appointment as Poet Laureate, Lenny Henry swapped comedy for serious theatre playing Shakespeare's Othello, the Whitechapel Gallery reopened after a ÂŁ13.5m extension, and graffiti artist Banksy held his biggest exhibition to date in Bristol.
29th December 2009
Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, speaker and commentator and one of the UKâs best known environmentalists. Tony is also the Green Party's General Election candidate for Cambridge. For the last 25 years he has spent his time seeking change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels; from providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change. Here he writes in the Independent Review of the Year 2009, looking back at the what has happened with regard to climate change in 2009. to read the article, click on the title.
23rd December 2009
The Sunday Times has announced its list of contenders for their annual Business Person of the Year award. The finalists have shown true grit and determination - many have hauled their businesses through a rather perilous time unscathed and are survivors in the business world. The contenders are Angela Ahrendts (pictured left), Ross Brawn, Frank Chapman, Richard Cousins, Founders of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Steve Jobs, Sam Laidlaw, Alan Mulally, Kate Swann, and John Varley.
11th December 2009
Rowan Gibson has written his latest online blog, here he shares his latest thoughts on innovation. Rowan is a global business strategist, a bestselling author and an expert on radical innovation. He is also one of worldâs most in-demand business speakers. Rowanâs books have been translated into over 20 languages. His latest book Innovation to the Core was published in March 2008 by Harvard Business School Press. Click on the title to read Rowan's article.
3rd December 2009
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is calling on the UK's mobile phone networks to collaborate and create technology to allow Londoners and visitors to watch 3D video clips of the games and get up-to-date information on their mobile phones
2nd December 2009
Media firm BSkyB landed the top spot in Management Today's Britain's Most Admired Companies awards on monday night. Led by CEO Jeremy Darroch, the organisation is one of the youngest to be handed the accolade, topping each of the nine criteria to secure the award. Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today said: 'It (BSkyB) is barely more than a stripling upstart amongst the great names of UK business, some of which have been around for centuries in one form or another. It has shown that a class-leading product, well marketed and slickly delivered, can continue to grow and prosper even in the most challenging circumstances.' Tesco and Johnson Mathey took the second and third slots respectively, with Cadbury, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce trailing at numbers four, five and six.
Heavyweight keynote speakers are expected at the CBI Conference today including Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Dominique Strauss-Kahn & Stuart Rose to n
23rd November 2009
Heavyweight keynote speakers are expected to address the CBI conference in London today. Talking to the most influential and important of business audiences will be our political leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, business chiefs such as Sir Stuart Rose and Stephen Hester, as well as Lord Adair Turner, BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flaunders and the CBI's Director-General Richard Lambert. Chairing the conference will be CBI's President, the recently appointed Helen Alexander, former chief executive at The Economist and the first woman in the role.
27th October 2009
The world renowned futurologist, technology anaylist and commentator on the digital age offers some interesting insights into new technologies and developments that will shape our lives in the future. From self-cleaning keyboards, living heart patches to silent artificial muscles - it's a brave new world
23rd October 2009
The 2009 fifty most influential business thinkers in the world have been announced by Thinkers 50. Indian born, CK Prahalad has, for the second year running, been ranked number one with Malcolm Gladwell in second place jumping up the ladder from eighteen position last year. Thinkers 50 has established itself as the definitive bi-annual guide.
16th October 2009
The findings of the Catlins Arctic Survey analysed by Cambridge University and the WWF have shown that the Arctic is melting at such a rate that it could be almost ice free within 10 years. The results of the expedition will be presented to a UN meeting in Copenhagen in December as further evidence that the world must reduce carbon emissions in order to prevent the Arctic melting at an even faster rate. Pen's expedition last winter, was blighted by technical problems, and after the high tech radar equipment to measure the ice thickness failed after the first few days, they were forced to continue with a simple ice drill.
14th October 2009
The genius of innovation and enterprise has said that our technological and genetic know how is developing at such a furious pace that in 20 years time we could hold the nanotechnological secrets to our existance. According to Ray, nanotechnological secrets should allow us to replace our hearts, kidneys, livers, with functioning vital organs made by humans. Although his claims seem far fetched, Ray reminds us that artificial pancreases and neural implants are already available.
8th October 2009
Carol Ann Duffy, John Hegley, Benjamin Zephaniah and Roger McGough are just a few of the dozens of poets and celebrities who will be celebrating the Poetry Society's centenary at the 16th National Poetry Day on Thursday 8th October 2009. The theme is 'Heroes and Heroines' and rare footage of heroes and heroines will be shown at the Southbank
7th October 2009
Richard Watson is a futurist, consultant and speaker who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on trends and on long term strategy. Richard's specific areas of expertise include retail banking, newspapers, airlines and supermarkets. He publishes the What's Next report on global trends and has shared a few of those trends with us at Speakers Corner.
30th September 2009
Ruby Wax is trying to tame the outsized egos of the business world with her new venture - executive coaching or as she prefers to call it, management retraining. Her focus is on teaching four basic principles: self awareness, self management, social awareness, and relationship management. In a credit-crunched world, Ruby believes that there is a real need for these skills.
28th September 2009
The adventurer, environmentalist and speaker, Lewis Gordon Pugh has announced that his latest intrepid expedition will be to swim across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to highlight the dangers of climate change. The thrill of adventure drives people do some quite remarkable things. Throw in a campaign and you have some people who will go to extremes to make sure their campaign is heard. Lewis Gordon Pugh, the swimmer who is going to dive into melted ice on Everest to highlight climate change, is one of these people. Lewis plans to swim under the summit of Mount Everest. Something nobody has ever done before. He is hopimg to draw further attention to the cause he swam accross a patch of open sea at the North Pole for, ahead of a conference in December in Copenhagen on replacing the 1997 Kyoto protocol on reducing greenhouse gases.
22nd September 2009
Endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh spends much of his time delivering keynote speeches and trying to bring to the world's attention the problems of ignoring climate change. Previously he has swam 20 minutes in the North Pole to highlight the problems in the Arctic. His latest venture is to swim in the icy waters of the Himalayan Glaciers to raise awareness of a source of water for 1.3bn people which could be gone within 25 years
2nd September 2009
The entrepreneur, speaker who with Jo Fairley founded Green & Black's organic chocolate, has created a biochar business in a bid to combat climate change. The process involves taking waste from agriculture and fishing and turning it into charcoal by roasting it in a low-oxygen atmosphere. The process turns waste into raw carbon, which can then be used to fertilise the soil. Dan Morrell, a former music promoter and entrepreneur who co founded the company, Carbon Gold with Craig said that the technology had huge promise but needed to be proved in a large scale trial. The company's first deal with the government of the Maldives should provide the opportunity to do this.
20th August 2009
The Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2009 list has been announced and for the fourth year running, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is number one. The list includes the 100 top women in politics, business and philanthropy.
18th August 2009
The Growing Business Awards is on the hunt for tomorrow's entrepreneurial stars and today's heroes. For 10 years, Real Business and the CBI have assembled the A-list of British entrepreneurial life to pay tribute to the future stars of the UK economy. In the words of John Caudwell, winner of a previous Entrepreneurs` Entrepreneur award "this is one of the best business awards events of the year."
11th August 2009
Having criticised the 'green' movement recently and being in the environmentally unfriendly airline business, entrepreneur Richard Branson still believes in doing his bit for the environment. As such, he has launched a green enterprise and Virgin's Green Fund will invest in renewable energy projects
EasyJet entrepreneur, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou sponsors The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2009
10th August 2009
As a serial entrepreneur and founder of EasyJet and the EasyGroup, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has put his name behind The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2009 encouraging people with disabilities to be pro-active in the business world.
31st July 2009
Host of Grand Designs and sought after keynote speaker Kevin McCloud has put in a planning application to build a development of environmentally aware housing in Swindon. The 42 properties will meet the testing Level 4 for sustainable homes, and include eco roofing, rainwater harvesting systems, and communal gardens to promote neighbourliness and a sense of community.
Spotlight on author & international keynote speaker, Niall Ferguson a contender for The Thinkers 50 poll
27th July 2009
Author of the best-selling book and television series 'The Ascent of Money', the international keynote speaker on the global economy & finance, Professor Niaill Ferguson is one of the key contenders in the frame for the Thinkers 50 poll, voting for which ends on the 18th August
24th July 2009
Former chairman of John Lewis, Stuart Hampson has been named by Downing Street as the new Chairman of the Crown Estate from January 2010 on the retirement of Ian Grant CBE. Stuart Hampson is a renowned keynote speaker on the corporate circuit on issues from employee engagement to climate change, leadership to marketing and branding
Leading thinkers in technology, design and science are gathering in Oxford for the TED Global Conference
21st July 2009
TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is an invitation only conference dedicated to 'ideas worth speading' and attracts big name speakers. This year, some of Speakers Corner's favourite speakers have been asked to contribute. Over the next four days, Alain de Botton, Marcus du Sautoy and Lewis Pugh will be speaking to the invitation only conference. Organisers claim that speakers will never have a better or a more receptive audience. Not only are the talks riveting, but delegates are able to turn in any direction and have a conversation with someone doing something truly remarkable.
Spotlight on Roger Martin - one of the contenders for the Thinkers 50 poll, the survey to find the most influential management thinker
17th July 2009
Roger Martin, the visionary Dean of the Joseph L Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, business management & innovation speaker and author of 'The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win through Integrative Thinking', is one of the contenders for the bi-annual Thinkers 50 survey
15th July 2009
The 12th annual top 500 Superbrands survey has revealed the winners and losers during this economic downturn. A list of about 1,400 brands was considered by a panel of experts, with more than 2,000 UK consumers taking part in a vote.
Ethical entrepreneur & expert on creativity, Nick Jankel writes on collaboration IQ in the Guardian today
8th July 2009
Nick Jankel is an ethical entrepreneur, writer, keynote speaker and broadcaster and a world-leading expert on creativity, leadership and innovation mindsets. He is one of Britainâs top collaborative innovation consultants and a respected ethical leadership coach. Nick has just written an article for the Guardian on collaboration IQ. To read the article, just click on the title.
8th July 2009
The First Green Britain Day organised by EDF Energy, has been organised for this friday, to help inspire Britons to cut the Uk's carbon footprint in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A host of Britain's sporting heroes have been brought into back the initiative, including Victoria Pendleton, James Cracknell and paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmons.
3rd July 2009
The Queen of Shops, Mary Portas has expressed her desire to apply her proven trouble shooting skills to struggling non-fashion retailers in the third series of her BBC2 programme. Previous series have featured fashion boutiques and charity shops. After seeing the effects of the recession on Tewkesbury's high street in her last show - Save Our Shops, Mary wants to help other independent non fashion retailers around the country.
26th June 2009
Last night the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneur Awards were held at Christ Church, Spitalfields. The winner of the Upper Tier award went to Anne Wexelstein at Columba 1400 which provides leadership development experiences for young people in Scotland who have faced such challenges as homelessness, addiction, poverty and growing up within the care system, the Lower Tier winner was the charity A Way Out founded by Jessie Joe Jacobs which aims to help the most vulnerable people in North East England.
24th June 2009
Duncan Bannatyne, chairman of Bannatyne Group, Dragon and keynote speaker has suggested that the skills of business people and entrepreneurs could be used to great effect in public life. Duncan believes that Sir Alan Sugar's recent acceptance of an advisory role in the government will be of great benefit to the government. Used to managing people, budgets and organisations what could be better preparation for a job in politics.
Political economist & international speaker Bjorn Lomborg believes we are sending wrong messages about climate change to our children
22nd June 2009
Danish political economist, Bjorn Lomborg, who was recently voted one of the most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire Magazine, believes that solving climate change should be a matter of changing minds not hearts and that scaring the younger generation with exagerations and stories of doom is hugely harmful. Bjorn is author of 'The Skeptical Environmentalist' and 'Cool It - The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming', and is an internationally renowned speaker
11th June 2009
Motivational keynote business and after dinner speaker, Ellis Watson, is moving from Menzies to take up a key role with the bus and train operator First Direct. He leaves Menzies Distribution after four years as Managing Director, having revolutionised the business.
12th May 2009
In a follow up to Speakers Corner original story regarding TIME's 100 most influential people, we are delighted to relay that Martin Lindstrom, the branding and marketing futurist speaker was also part of the selected group that TIME published on the 1st May
24th April 2009
At 26, Jamie Murray Wells will be the youngest ever recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise. As the founder of the first online prescription glasses retailer in Britain, Jamie has fought a tough battle against three of the largest Opticians in a bid to offer prescription glasses at a fraction of the price on the high street. Glasses Direct is now reckoned to sell a pair of glasses every couple of minutes.
20th April 2009
Entreprenuer and business keynote speaker and Star of Dragons' Den, James Caan while saying 2009 will be a difficult year for business, gives some advice with his 10 tips for success. These tips and more are all contained in the soon to be release paperback version of his book "The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den"
3rd April 2009
As the world leaders dined while discussing the current economic crisis, their wives mingled with some of the UK's top female talent. Michelle Obama and Sarah Brown were joined by Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Harry Potter author, JK Rowling on their table at the Summit Dinner on wednesday evening.
13th March 2009
Former chief of the World Bank, British economist Nicholas Stern talked at the emergency climate change meeting in Copenhagen about the relationship between the climate change and the economic recession, highlighting the opportunity to build a more energy-efficient economy.
Journalist, broadcaster & speaker, Lesley Abdela wins 2009 Woman Political Journalist of the Year Award
10th March 2009
Journalist, broadcaster and speaker on the international circuit, Lesley Abdela is the 2009 Winner of the Dods & Scottish Widows Women In Public Life Awards. Lesley has over 20 years experience in the fields of gender and democratic development and was one of the New Statesmanâs Top 50 Heroes Of Our Time (2006)
6th March 2009
Lynne Parker, former journalist and marketing consultant founded Funny Women in 2002, an organisation designed to help nuture female comedy talent, as well as boost women's confidence in the workplace using some tricks of the comedy trade. On sunday a host of celebrities including Gabby Logan and Janet Ellis will perform comedy sets as part of Celebrity Funny Women in aid of Action Aid's Put Your Foot Down Campaign.
4th February 2009
Smarta.com is the brainchild of successful entrepreneur ShĂĄĂĄ Wasmund. Backed by the discovery that nearly 3 million Brits want to set up their own business, and that 86% never achieve their goal, the website will offer practical advice on getting business ideas off the ground.
22nd January 2009
Royal Mail reports a surge in operating profits n the nine months to December 2008 & Chairman Allan Leighton raises money for Breast Cancer
19th January 2009
Carol Lewis has compiled a definitive list of the Best Business books of 2008 from 10 lists put together by a range of publications. Alice Schroeder's book The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life featured in 7 of the 10 lists analysed, making it the clear winner for 2008.
14th January 2009
Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary to announce an extension of one year of the existing loan guarantee scheme is to be expanded to cover companies with turnover of up to ÂŁ25m that are looking for loans worth up to ÂŁ1m on terms as short as three months, but that do not have enough security to convince banks to lend to them.
13th January 2009
The first episode of Million Dollar Traders, a new BBC2 reality TV series was broadcast last night. Lex Van Dam has taken $1 Million of his own money and given it to eight novices to invest in the stock market. What could go right?
9th January 2009
From search software to smoothies, fitness to forecourt retailing, designer fashion to diamonds, this year's top 10 all have can-do spirit a-plenty.
7th January 2009
Tonight a new 8 part series will begin on BBC2. 'It's Not Easy Being Green' will follow Dick Strawbridge and his son, James as they try to become environmentally self sufficient. Each week Dick will play host to a different celebrity whose carbon footprint will be calculated, and Dick will provide us all with news on the latest green developments.
6th January 2009
The world is changing so quickly that predictions can be out of date almost as soon as they are made, but futurist, Richard Watson, has been persuaded to make 10 predictions for 2009
17th December 2008
Sandwich shop chain, PrĂȘt A Manger founded by Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham, has announced that it will be offering free Wi-Fi access at 130 of its UK shops.
11th December 2008
Drinks major Diageo has won the coveted title of Britain's Most Admired Company 2008 in MT's annual poll. At the awards ceremony last night at Claridge's, Diageoâs CEO Paul Walsh accepted the award from Lord Heseltine, chairman of Haymarket Media...
4th September 2008
The director of civil rights group Liberty won the Inspiration of the Year award. Shami Chakrabarti won the prize at the 2008 Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, with other winners including artist Tracy Emin.
28th August 2008
Lewis Gordon Pugh leaves London today for the two-week expedition which will see him paddle 1,200km across some of the most dangerous seas in the world.
1st August 2008
Grey-Thompson says figures show that only 8% of young women play competitive sport Women in sport are not getting enough funding or media coverage, according to Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.
16th July 2008
Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy is a 34-year-old former public school pupil called Robin Gunningham, The Mail On Sunday has claimed.
8th July 2008
There have been deep divisions over how to curb global emissions World leaders have agreed to set a global target of cutting carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2050 in an effort to tackle global warming.
6th May 2008
Londoners will have another chance to learn how to make their homes greener and will witness Kevin McCloudâs âone week to buildâ house attempt
8th April 2008
The Science of Survival at the Science Museum in London was opened by Ben Fogle
26th March 2008
Dragonsâ Den star Peter Jones hopes his academies will help teenagers launch their own companies
6th March 2008
US investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has taken the title of the world's richest man away from his friend Bill Gates after 13 years.
25th February 2008
Corporate blogging is still in its infancy in the UK. However, it is thought likely that it will become as popular as it is in the US. General Motors, Dell and Benetton, all operate blogs where employees and consumers interact
4th January 2008
Kevin McCloud, presenter of hit Channel 4 series Grand Designs plans for hundreds of eco-homes in Swindon.
29th November 2007
Highlights of the sustainability plan, Towards A One Planet 2012, include: a carbon footprint study to measure the climate change impact of the Games and identify and prioritize areas for reducing emissions
2nd November 2007
CSR.TV is an online TV channel on corporate social responsibility (CSR), aiming to promote a sustainable and responsible business culture
15th October 2007
She is too modest to admit it, but 60 years ago Marguerite Patten was the Jamie Oliver of her day. Now, at 91, she is about to be named Woman of the Year
10th October 2007
Nobel laureates are meeting with top climate and energy experts and politicians to discuss global sustainability.
3rd October 2007
Polar explorer Pen Hadow puts World Responsible Tourism Day in the spotlight when he launches the day of action at on Wednesday 14 November 2007.
31st August 2007
ONE is the monarch, one the head of a male-dominated bastion of the business world and the other a controversial architect.
12th February 2007
Ray Hammond has been elected a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF)
Rachel Armstrong Reviews
Rachel Armstrong has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Rachel Armstrong for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Rachel Armstrong for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2009, Dr. Rachel Armstrong honored us with a contribution to the PICNIC conference program. Founded in 2006, PICNIC Amsterdam is now Europe's leading event devoted to creativity and innovation in media, entertainment, technology, art and science. PICNIC is a platform for discussion, discovery and inspiration, for people who care about the future and want to help shape it. PICNIC is not a traditional business event. PICNIC is a collaborative experience, bringing together the ideas of the world's best creators and innovators in a festival atmosphere, including world-class speakers, a broad selection of special debates and discussions, a series of hands-on workshops, experimental labs, special programs for top students and surprising side events. Yearly, thousands of local and international visitors gather at PICNIC Amsterdam to meet new people and share fresh ideas in a unique environment. PICNIC is proud of the fact that some of the greatest creative minds have contributed to our program: Nicholas Negroponte, Niklas Zennstrom, Philip Zimbardo, Charles Leadbeater, Clay Shirky, Richard Branson, Woody Harrelson, Cory Doctorow, John Underkoffler, Peter Molyneux, Craig Newmark Philip Rosedale to mention only a few. Dr. Rachel Armstrong had, among others, made her appearance during TED2009 as a TED Fellow. Her thorough expertise in the field of fundamental sciences, her ability to bring across her passion for her field and strong stage presence triggered our interest immediately. As one of the sessions during PICNIC 2009 would address sustainable cities, including the role of architecture and the application of manipulated materials, Dr. Rachel Armstrong appeared to be the perfect speaker for this theme. Our only concern was that PICNIC brings together a wide array of professionals with very different backgrounds. This meant for Dr. Amstrong that she needed to be able to translate her scientific speech to different levels of understanding. Quite a challenge, but one in which she succeeded wonderfully. Dr. Armstrong ability to share her scientific ideas and knowledge from very different angles (from Bio-Art, to sustainability, to architecture, to hard core science) makes her a very versatile speaker that always fascinates and inspires. PICNIC is thrilled to have Dr. Rachel Armstrong participating again in PICNIC for its 2010 edition as a content advisor.
Dynamic, engaging delivery..professional and thought provoking
Extremely interesting content, however maybe to complex - high level for non-academic audience. Practical examples of ramifications for future buildings, society etc would be very useful to illustrate concepts
Rachel was recommended to me by Michael Pawlyn, a distinguished architect who worked with Nicholas Grimshaw on the Biomes at the Eden Project. In that particular case I was looking for a speaker who could make biomimicry and its related topics understandable and accessible to an intelligent but not necessarily well informed audience. Having worked with Rachel now on a couple of different projects, I can thoroughly recommend her as a speaker. She has everything a conference producer like myself needs: she is warm, articulate, emphatic, charming, painstaking, conscientious, much more good looking than anyone as clever as she is has a right to be, and most important of all presents, perhaps uniquely, a radical re-assessment of the mental processes that distinguish the arts and the sciences. She stands for what I call a new humane or humanist way of thinking that re-draws the relationship between the two essentially inimical disciplines, and proposes holistic rather than divisive ways of seeing. Her work in itself is fascinating to a wide range of audiences, not just the scientific or architectural. It can be characterised as blue sky thinking, but on the other hand it is based on hard scientific process. Her Senior TED Fellowship is itself just about the best recommendation possible. I was delighted to be able to give Rachel a platform at Eco Build, at which she presented in one of my own seminar streams and also the more public Arena programme. In fact she put a whole session together for me with three other speakers, going to considerable length to find a substitute at the last minute when one of them pulled out. I have written about her work for one of the professional design journals, and am enthusiastically working to create the next opportunity for her to present in one of my programmes. As you can see, I am great fan. She has important things to say, she says them delightfully, and more people should hear her.
“Thanks again for putting so much effort into this project. From my point of view this has been one of the most interesting projects I have ever worked on. Not just because of the tool you created is so super great, but mainly because you worked so hard and passionately on this
project - so thanks for that”
Dr., Rachel Armstrong first came to my attention at the Picnic conference, a high profile event in Amsterdam featuring leading thinkers and practicioners in the fields of design, technology, science, media and entertainment. There she delivered two brilliant lectures in two different contexts: one was about the need for interdisciplinary scientists and designers. This was for a selected group of Dutch top students from over the whole country, The second speech was her main speech in the conference hall for the prime audience of the Picnic event. Here, in a very stimulating 20 minutes, with absolute clarity and dazzling command of her material, she took the audience through territories of knowledge and research practice where 'no-one has gone before' . This 20 minute brain frying trip left the audience not only with the sensation that they had made sudden leap of 15 years into the future, but also with new concepts, categories and sensations by which to coherently approach and productively turn over notions as varied as environmental degradation, urban planning, evolution, and industrial engineering. A combination of different aspects convinced me to try and engage Dr. Rachel Armstrong to exhibit, to speak and conduct a masterclass at the TransNatural event.
One main aspect was her abilty to speak engagingly and clearly to people from different levels of professional experience without having to compromise in any way the complexity of her subject matter. The second one is of course her specific interests and ground breaking practice of developing autonomous technologies that are modelled on life like processes, and that are environmentally harmless though extremely powerful. My expectations were, needless to say, very high. I hoped for similarly exciting lectures, groundbreaking ideas and the general sensation of intellectual renewal that I had experienced during the first two lectures I saw her deliver. Dr. Rachel Armstrongs performance at TransNatural was without any reservation outstanding. She exceeded any reasonable expectations that a first time member of her audience could have had, but since I had a taste before, I knew what was coming. The reactions of the audience (among whom some of the most advanced design thinkers, a couple of established and highly critical visual artists, some established technicians from the most reputed research institutions of the Netherlands) closely resembled my own at my first encounter with her work. I am very much looking forward to new occasions that would justify me to ask Dr. Rachel Armstrong to again to come and speak, and share her amazing insights and research practice.
I invited Rachel Armstrong to give a speech in the context of an international brokerage event about Clean Technologies, in the session about Energy-Efficient Buildings which I was chairing (see more about it under www.meet4cleantech.eu). As her field of research is relatively vast, and not directly focusing on the topic of the session, she took an active part in discussing in details the elements of her research that would be the most pertinent for the audience, in particular the industry (half of the participants were from the construction sector). She gave a brilliant talk, supported by multimedia and artistic graphics of an amazing quality, bridging architecture, design, chemistry and arts in a truly inspiring style. Both academic and industry participants were captivated by her presentation, which perfectly matched the expectations I had as well.
Q & A with Rachel Armstrong
Rachel Armstrong answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Rachel Armstrong for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email@example.com
Speakers Corner: How did the speaking all start?
Rachel Armstrong: I had never considered speaking professionally until I came in contact with TED. I was greatly impressed by the charisma and ingenuity of the speakers. Instinctively I knew that these were skills that I wanted to develop in order to share my research and ideas with a broader audience.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Rachel Armstrong: I enjoy communicating. My work has always involved talking to people, whether that was when I was a medical practitioner during a consultation, as a television presenter, writing or giving informal lectures. The most memorable talk for me, of course, was my TED University talk at TEDGlobal in Oxford 2009, which was a truly amazing experience!
Speakers Corner: Which event has been your favourite and why?
Rachel Armstrong: TEDGlobal conference in 2009 when I gave my first TEDtalk was unforgettable, mainly due to the intensity, quality and variety of activities that took place around the scheduled talks. I remember being fully engaged in back to back thrilling conversations that left me with the feeling that it was absolutely possible and even inevitable, to change the world for the better.
Speakers Corner: If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be
Rachel Armstrong: I would, of course, love to speak at future TED conferences. In the past, it would have been thrilling to participate in the event at the Royal Society in which Darwin and Wilberforce debated Darwin’s recent publication ‘On the Origin of Species’. Since women were excluded from such forums at this time it would have just been the most amazing experience (with cherries on top!) not only to be the first woman to speak at such an historic institution but also on such a monumental scientific occasion.
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with
Rachel Armstrong: Bjork, who is the embodiment of unfettered creativity. If this wish could indeed be fulfilled, it would be fruitless to anticipate the outcome!
Speakers Corner: On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events
Rachel Armstrong: I have only just started speaking formally at corporate events but since TEDGlobal in July 2009, I have been giving informal talks on a weekly basis to present the research that we’re doing to a whole range of audiences, ranging from corporations, to public lectures and media interviews.
Speakers Corner: Do you use PowerPoint
Rachel Armstrong: I use PowerPoint as my research is very visual and it is easier to capture the elegant complexity of the systems I using a visual medium.
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
Rachel Armstrong: The size of an audience makes no difference to me! What matters most to me is that people understand what I am talking about so that they can see why I am so excited about my area of discovery! It only takes one other person to continue talking about the possibilities to keep the process of communication going. Of course, if the potential of my research excites a thousand people, this process becomes a thousand times more effective!
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced
Rachel Armstrong: I identify as a Senior TED Fellow. Since my work is very interdisciplinary and innovative it often takes a while to summarize my various projects, passions and skills. Being affiliated with TED has meant that I am able to encapsulate all of this into an instantly meaningful phrase that encapsulates ‘ideas worth spreading’.
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event
Rachel Armstrong: I prefer to have a briefing call before an event so that I can listen to what the event organisers are trying to achieve so that I can figure out how best to support these aims. I can also perform well without a brief or with an open brief. In these cases I will use background research to make an intuitive assessment of the conference and audience needs and deliver a presentation accordingly.
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics
Rachel Armstrong: Sustainability, innovation, interdisciplinary practice and future scoping.
Speakers Corner: If there were one message or thought that you wanted your audience to come away with from one of your lectures or speeches what would it be?
Rachel Armstrong: There is a wonderful future ahead of us that is within the reach of everyone. We need to place obstacles behind us, put opportunities before us and use our creativity to navigate the marvellous adventure that lies in-between.
Speakers Corner: Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?
Rachel Armstrong: I use a TED approach - ‘Technology Entertainment Design’ – in my talks, which takes the form of a public presentation with an accessible personal account of my innovative research area.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Rachel Armstrong: I once ‘abducted’ an audience dressed as an alien ‘Gray’, locked the doors of the theatre and told them that they would only be released when we had reached a consensus on the concept of ‘humanity’. I don’t think that the audience was expecting this and there was a stunned silence before I then introduced four expert ‘witnesses’ to help them reach a conclusion through which they could negotiate their release with a vote. The unique quality that was agreed as an endearing characteristic of humans was their sense of ‘humour’. Exactly what this meant was very, very difficult to explain.
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Rachel Armstrong: My favourite film is one of my protocell movies, which are artificial agents without DNA, where there is an inexplicable phase transition between two populations of protocells, It’s the most incredible thing I have ever seen. I don’t know how to explain it so I just enjoy watching this film again and again and again! You should take a look for yourself and see! [I have a You Tube link!!]
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Rachel Armstrong: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. I love this SF novel because it represents the ultimate challenge in human survival in the face of disaster and adaptation to a new way of being, despite the odds. It is also a wonderful love story!
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination
Rachel Armstrong: Having time to explore my imagination rather than dealing with everyday chores is my favourite place to be, time out and one that I can take with me anywhere!! I will also confess to being utterly partial to exploring any place with a rich cultural mythology. This only ignites my imagination further and makes for a difficult homecoming!
Speakers Corner: What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne
Rachel Armstrong: Soy chai latte, please. I am teetotal.
Speakers Corner: Who inspired you?
Rachel Armstrong: I find inspiration from meeting new people, from conducting research in a novel field of study and from being on the most amazing planet in the known universe! There have been many generous mentors and teachers in my life. I would like to pay special respect to Helen Chadwick, the artist and Turner Prize nominee, who taught me to look beyond the scientific framework that I had been schooled in and encouraged me to re-open my mind to new possibilities by looking for connections between things rather than limiting myself by focussing on their differences. Also, I would like to credit Peter Gabriel for sharing a scale of vision through WOMAD, which aspires to reconnect the world through music and dance. Peter Gabriel was enormously inspiring and generous when Helen died prematurely at the tender age of 42. Peter’s work convinced me that it was possible to think bigger than I had ever previously dared and realise that the only obstacle to reaching my dreams was through incarcerating my imagination
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