14 July 10.00 – 20.00

Ditchley, in collaboration with Balliol College's postgraduate community at Holywell Manor, will be hosting the second festival of ideas at Ditchley Park on Saturday 14 July 2018. The festival will explore what we mean by community, whether real or virtual, geographical or philosophical, religious or social, and how communities will evolve in the future.

The Festival will take place on Saturday 14 July. The programme of the Festival offers the future thought leaders to engage with influential thinkers of today in discussion, debate and thought-provoking activities on the theme of “Future Human: Future Communities”. Within the over-arching theme, the questions posed will encompass philosophy, ethics, economics, geopolitics, technology, history and culture across four distinct strands: Political: the future of democracy Globalisation: who do we think we are? Artificial intelligence and the digital revolution: will it mean artificial communities? Economy: the communities of winners and losers These will be explored through panel discussions and individual talks together with a parallel programme of creative and practical activities, once again making innovative use of the house and landscaped grounds surrounding Ditchley Park. Confirmed speakers include The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve MP, Roula Khalf, Professor Siddharth Saxena, Professor Munyaradzi Maware, Mirko Hempel, Georgia Gould, Kate Andrews and Monica Ali.

Further details of the programme of speakers and workshops can be found here. The creative workshops and activities will include lino printing with Tony and Ann Lloyd, spoon carving with Charles Ash and meditative yoga with Nikki Jackson. The one day festival will again conclude with a keynote speaker followed by a drinks reception with music provided by the Brickwork Lizards, a fusion of pre-war jazz with Arabic and Middle Eastern music, paying tribute along the way to countless other styles.

The Ditchley Foundation brings together leading practitioners and experts from around the world to help shape policy on the major international issues of the day. Their events are generally invitation-only. The Festival thus offers a wonderful opportunity for us to become part of the prestigious community of Ditchley. 

Tickets are £35. The price includes all activities of the day, refreshments prepared by Ditchley’s own chef and return coach transport from Oxford. 
Tickets are bookable through Eventbrite using the password: FOI18.

DATE AND TIME Sat 14 July 2018 10:00 – 20:00 BST 
LOCATION Ditchley Park Enstone Chipping Norton OX7 4ER 


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