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United Kingdom·July 17 2021

Society & community

Join us for an afternoon about society & community. What can you do to disrupt the status quo for the better?

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Overview

Meet the fiercest thinker in British business and society today, Mary Portas, in an afternoon all about race, allyship, and building a better society. Join Mary Portas, Magid Magid & Marie Le Cont; Nikesh Shukla & Emma Dabiri as they have agenda-setting conversations and ask; what’s next after the BLM protests? What can you do to disrupt the status quo for the better? Alongside practical tools, workshops, and a marketplace offering a fresh perspective on how to live a happier, healthier, and more inspired life. This is fierce advice for life with no subject off-limits. Tickets include a copy of "Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy" by Mary Portas.


Highlights

Venue

Venue

Life Lessons' new open-air setting is the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

Wellbeing Workshops

Wellbeing Workshops

Included within your ticket, you will also have access to some unique workshops, giving practical tools to help you live better.

Shopping Village

Shopping Village

Browse our beautiful Marketplace and take a look at products and services from a carefully selected range of no-nonsense wellness brands. This is a strictly fad-free zone.

Hosts

Mary Portas

Mary Portas

Mary Portas is one of the UK's most high-profile businesswomen. After making her name transforming Harvey Nichols into London's sexiest fashion destination, Mary launched her own retail consultancy, Portas, which works with clients ranging from Louis Vuitton to Sainsbury's. She has been a regular on our TV screens, advised the government on the future of high streets and developed a fashion label. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of twenty-six Mary's Living & Giving shops for Save the Children. She is the author of Shop Girl and Work Like a Woman.

Author of How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy

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Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is an author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts. He is the editor of bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards, and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is the author of a number of novels for both adults and young adults including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), Meatspace, Run Riot, The Boxer and co-editor of The Good Immigrant USA.

Author of Brown Baby: A memoir of race, family and home

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Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the African department at SOAS, a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths and the author of Don't Touch My Hair, which was an Irish Times bestseller. She has presented several television and radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentaries 'Journeys into Afro-futurism' and 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces'.

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Magid Magid

Magid Magid

Magid Magid is a Somali-born black Muslim refugee who became the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield and one of the last UK MEPs.

Author of The Art of Disruption: a manifesto for real change.


If you ever doubt that you can make a difference, read this book! Full of inspiration, imagination, and above all, hope, Majid Majid offers a guide for anyone who want to achieve change and fight injustice, and shows from his own experience the extraordinary things that can happen when you refuse to take No for an answer. * Caroline Lucas, former Leader of the UK Green Party *

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Marie Le Conte

Marie Le Conte

Marie Le Conte is a freelance political journalist based in London. She writes for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, VICE, GQ and Vogue, and her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power was the i's political book of the year. Her second, Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs will be out on July 22.

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Schedule

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TALK 1

The Art of Disruption: lessons in living better together with Magid Magid Interviewed by Marie Le Conte

A Somali-born black Muslim refugee, Magid Magid overcame adversity to become a Lord Mayor - and to ban Donald Trump from Sheffield. Radical, loving, funny and heart-warming, join Magid Magid as he gives us his recipe for disrupting the status quo and his dreams for a better society.

Marie Le Conte is a freelance political journalist based in London. She writes for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, VICE, GQ and Vogue, and her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power was the i's political book of the year. Her second, Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs will be out on July 22.

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TALK 2

Conversations on race: a how-to guide with Nikesh Shukla and Emma Dabiri

Welcome to your masterclass in difficult conversations, where we ask: what’s next after BLM? How can we turn anger into everyday activism? How can we foster positive conversations about race, injustice and allyship? And how can we raise young people to do better than we’ve done?

Joining this panel is the brilliant journalist and host of podcast Brown Baby, Nikesh Shukla and author of "What White People Can Do Next", Emma Dabiri.

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TALK 3

Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy with Mary Portas

Business has done the biggest, fastest and cheapest; but what if it were to do the best? For us and the planet? Balancing the key principles of profit and social progress, Mary Portas asks in this conversation: what if we all just re-set and spent our money a bit better?

Attendees of this session will receive; Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas.



The Venue

Chiswick House & Gardens

Life Lessons' new open-air setting is in the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

The Venue

Reviews

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Life Lessons has changed the way I’m going to do my events. I’ve been to so many talks here and they’re fantastic. I’m so grateful. I’d love to do more work with you

Ruby Wax

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I had a wonderful time at Life Lessons – even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot. All the visitors I spoke to told me they'd had a fantastic day.

Brill Bryson

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Life Lessons is a great idea. It feels like there’s not enough of it. I would like to think that this is the start of a sea-change I guess. In that it’s something going forward that people realise needs to be part of our everyday thinking.

Romesh Ranganathan


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FAQs

To enable us to comply with the government’s latest COVID19 guidelines, the weekend will be split into timed sessions. We are currently offering 2 sessions per day: morning, afternoon or evening (depending on which day you choose to attend). Tickets for each session will include 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of our speakers and access to the rest of the festival. 

Friday 16th July

  • Afternoon session, opens at 1pm, closes at 5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Evening session, opens at 6pm, closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Saturday 17th July

  • Afternoon session, opens at 1pm, closes at 5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Evening session, opens at 6pm, closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Sunday 18th July

  • Morning session, opens at 10am, closes at 1:30pm (last entry 12:30pm)
  • Afternoon session, opens at 2:30pm, closes at 6pm (last entry 5pm)

The Timetable is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change. Additional speakers and/or sessions may be added at a later date.

Tickets for each session will include 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of our speakers and access to the rest of the festival.

STANDARD tickets include - entry to one session which includes 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of the speakers and access to the festival site where you’ll find our exhibitor marketplace, workshops and delicious food and drink offering.

PREMIUM tickets include – all of the above, plus an additional book and premium viewing of the main stage.

The book(s) included in your ticket will be available to collect at the event. 

Standard Ticket Holders

Standard ticket holders will receive the following book corresponding with the session they are

  • Friday Morning Session: Feel Great, Lose Weight: Long term, simple habits for lasting and sustainable weight loss by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Friday Afternoon Session: And Now For The Good News...: The much-needed tonic for our frazzled world By Ruby Wax
  • Saturday Morning Session: Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas. 
  • Saturday Evening Session: Universal by Prof Brian Cox 
  • Sunday Morning Session: Step by Step: The Life In My Journeys by Simon Reeve
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: Quite by Claudia Winkleman

Premium Ticket Holders

Premium ticket holders will receive an additional book from the below depending on the session that they are attending.

  • Friday Morning Session: Plant Based Diet Revolution by Dr Alan Desmond 
  • Friday Afternoon Session:  How To Build A Healthy Brain by Kimberley Wilson
  • Saturday Afternoon Session: Brown Baby: A memoir of race, family and home by Nikesh Shukla
  • Saturday Evening Session: Vaxxers: the inside story of the Oxford vaccine and the race against the virus by Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green. 
  • Sunday Morning Session: Back To Nature: how to love life - and save it by Chris Packham & Megan McCubin
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: TBC

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking immediately after purchase. Your tickets will be sent to you via email for you to print at home in the week prior to the event taking place. Please print out all the pages of the e-ticket and bring them with you to gain entry to the event. 

Alternatively, you may present your e-ticket on your mobile device (please download it to your device in advance as mobile connectivity strength differs in some venues). 

Each ticket is only valid for admission once and should not be duplicated. 

We are continually monitoring Government guidelines and in the unlikely event that we to cancel the event due to Covid-19, we will provide a full refund, inclusive of booking and transaction fees, within 5-7 days of notifying you. 

If you have symptoms or need to self-isolate following a positive test for Covid-19 or have been asked to so by NHS Track & Trace we will issue you a refund for some or all of you tickets, as required but we must receive notification by 10am on the day that you are due to attend – info@lifelessonsfestival.com

If you are unable to travel to the event due to a local Lockdown, we will issue you a full refund.


The festival is committed to ensuring it is an event everyone can attend. Our full access policy will be published nearer the event. 

There will be wheelchair accessible toilets located throughout the festival site.  

If you have any questions please email info@lifelessonsfestival.com

All disabled visitors attending Life Lessons on a paid for ticket are entitled to bring one carer free of charge. 

To apply for a carer ticket, please email info@lifelessonsfestival.com with your order reference number and proof of disability, i.e. that you are in receipt of the middle or higher rate care component of the disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP). Once agreed a free carer's ticket will be added to your order and will be sent to you along with your other tickets.


Due to the adult nature of some of our lessons, no one under the age 14 is permitted to attend this event. Children aged between 14 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years.

For all press enquiries please contact our marketing team on info@lifelessonsfestival.com

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Society & community

United Kingdom·July 17 2021·1 day

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