At HowTheLightGetsIn, we aren't interested in big names for big names' sake. Our programme will have many familiar names, but we're not about celebrity. We are about ideas and wonder. We spend the year looking for the heretics of our time, those innovative thinkers unafraid to speak out against the ideas we all take for granted. Even you.
Last year alone we were joined by Nobel Prize winning Economist Paul Krugman, eminent cosmologist and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, Former Conservative Leader Michael Howard, world leading analytic philosopher John Searle, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, ground-breaking multiverse theorist Laura Mersini-Houghton and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, amongst others.
But we aren't interested in promoting anyone's ideas. All of our speakers must be willing to have their theories challenged. They too will change the way they think about the world. You'll catch sight of what the future might be. You'll rediscover the magic of being alive. We've democratised debate and created a special place where everyone's imagination can flourish.
We pride ourselves on the unique curation of the programme - the speakers we handpick are diverse in scope, but share a commitment to follow their ideas to wherever they might lead. We refuse to accept that serious ideas must either be dull or dumbed down.