6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In an era of ‘wicked problems’, our leaders have failed to address the biggest issues of our time. Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon have set out to find out why. Why is current leadership apparently not fit for purpose? What are the causes of so many failures in policy and strategic forecasting? Thinking The Unthinkable, is their timely, dynamic investigation into why leaders appear more unable or unwilling than ever to anticipate and act upon today’s big challenges. They offer a unique glimpse onto the new frailties and dilemmas of how to adapt both skills and organisations smartly to cope with unprecedented social, political and economic upheaval.
A relaxed evening of intelligent talk and discussion, over drinks and light food.
Nik Gowing is a British television journalist and foreign affairs specialist, having presented location coverage of major global stories in recent history. He is the co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (2018) and a founder of its spin-off social enterprise project to help global leaders understand disruption and flourish on change. Nik has extensive reporting experience over three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security. He specialises in convening ideas and issues related to the contemporary challenges of policy making, and has much sought-after analytical expertise on the management of information in the transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and times of tension. He has also been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics as well as an adviser to the President of the UN General Assembly on leadership-related challenges.
Chris Langdon is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (2018) and Co-Director of Think Unthinkable Ltd. He is also Founder-Director of Reconciliation Through Film, a charity being established to develop new ways of using communications to help conflict resolution. He was previously Managing Director of the Oxford Research Group (ORG) which focuses on conflict resolution and on challenging security policy orthodoxies. Chris has worked extensively on facilitating political reform in SE Europe and change in the Western Balkans. He began his career as a TV producer. From 1978-96 his roles included Senior Foreign Affairs Producer (BBC News), Scriptwriter (ITN), Researcher (London Weekend TV), and launch Europe Editor (APTN). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).