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5 speakers, 15 minutes each. No script. The world's leading figures in the arts, science and media give talks about their enduring achievements, wildest moments or deepest passions. It's inspiring, informative, provoking, and above all, entertaining. Based in London but making forays to Sydney, New York and Milan, 5x15 has featured Joanna Lumley, Brian Eno, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jung Chang, Ruby Wax and Alain de Botton.
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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7 • 21 Ratings

5 speakers, 15 minutes each. No script. The world's leading figures in the arts, science and media give talks about their enduring achievements, wildest moments or deepest passions. It's inspiring, informative, provoking, and above all, entertaining. Based in London but making forays to Sydney, New York and Milan, 5x15 has featured Joanna Lumley, Brian Eno, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jung Chang, Ruby Wax and Alain de Botton.
(Podcasts produced by Russell Finch)

    Michael Rosen - Many Different Kinds of Love: Life, Death, and The NHS

    Michael Rosen - Many Different Kinds of Love: Life, Death, and The NHS

    Michael Rosen is a beloved author, former Children’s Laureate and national treasure. In Many Different Kinds of Love: Life, Death and The NHS he brings together a collection of the words and poetry he wrote during his battle with and recovery from COVID-19, along with the messages he received from his wife and caregivers. In this reflective and life-affirming collection of poetry and words, Michael shares his experience from the edge of life, and the caring community of neighbours, loved ones, and the dedicated NHS staff, who brought him back.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules - no scripts and only 15 minutes each.

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    • 13 min
    John Preston: Fall - The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

    John Preston: Fall - The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

    John Preston on his new book Fall which tells the jaw-dropping life story of notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell.

    John is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph’s television critic and one of its chief feature writers. His book, A Very English Scandal, was published to great acclaim in 2016 and turned into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama series. His 2007 historical novel The Dig has been adapted into a new major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James and directed by Simon Stone, on Netflix.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules - no scripts and only 15 minutes each.

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    • 13 min
    Natural Capital, Biodiversity and Oceans - The Earth Convention

    Natural Capital, Biodiversity and Oceans - The Earth Convention

    Biodiversity - crucial to human, economic and planetary health - is declining faster than at any time in human history. It is thought that one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. How has this happened, what are the consequences and what can be done?

    Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is the author of the seminal Dasgupta Review, published in February 2021. Commissioned by the UK Treasury, it is a global independent review on the economics of biodiversity, bringing economics and ecology together. He has been a Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge since 1985.

    Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, with a focus on sustainability and climate change and their impacts on the energy, finance and transportation sectors. Gabrielle has presented dozens of TV and radio programs for the BBC.

    Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts.

    Rathbones - Responsible investing at Rathbone Investment Management. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Story of Bread - Rob Penn and Colin Tudge

    The Story of Bread - Rob Penn and Colin Tudge

    Join two brilliant writers – Rob Penn and Colin Tudge - to discuss how food shapes the world, what's gone wrong, and how we can put it right.

    Robert Penn is a journalist, woodsman, lifelong cyclist and the author of several books including the Sunday Times bestsellers Slow Rise, It's All About the Bike and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees. He lives in the Black Mountains with his wife and three children, two spaniels, twelves bicycles and a collection of axes. He bakes his own bread in a wood fired oven.

    Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by inclination and by trade. He is author of about 18 books on natural history, evolution, and food and farming, his latest being The Great Re-Think. He is co-founder of the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the College for Real Farming and Food Culture.

    Rosie Boycott is a cross bench peer and co-founder of 5x15.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations.

    This talk was recorded online in March 2021.

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    • 59 min
    Elizabeth Kolbert & David Wallace-Wells: Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

    Elizabeth Kolbert & David Wallace-Wells: Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

    Two incredible environmental writers and thinkers take part in this special event for 5x15 on Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future. This is the first time David Wallace-Wells and Elizabeth Kolbert have spoken together at a public event.

    Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, The Sixth Extinction, and Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1999, and has been awarded the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

    David Wallace-Wells is editor-at-large of New York magazine, where he writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology. David’s first book, The Uninhabitable Earth, was selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times, Spectator and New Statesman. It was a Waterstones Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019. It was also longlisted for the PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives and inspirations.

    This talk was recorded at the online 5x15 event in February 2021.

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    • 56 min
    Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Amelia Gentleman and Peter Geoghegan

    Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Amelia Gentleman and Peter Geoghegan

    Amelia Gentleman is a reporter for the Guardian. She was named Journalist of the Year at the 2019 British Journalism Awards and won the 2018 Paul Foot journalism award for her reportage on the Windrush scandal. She has also won the Orwell Prize and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards.

    Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and investigations editor at openDemocracy. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and dozens of other publications. His latest book Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics is published by Head of Zeus.

    Eliot Higgins started his work in online open source investigation as a hobby on his first blog ‘The Brown Moses Blog’, named after a Frank Zappa song. His work on the UK phone hacking scandal and examining videos from the conflict in Syria led to increasing recognition among the journalist and human rights communities. Higgins launched Bellingcat in 2014, and it has since grown into a team of volunteer investigators, as well as a broader community of investigators and supporters across the world, attracting funding from a range of organisations including the Open Society Foundations and National Endowment for Democracy.

    5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations.

    This talk was recorded online 5x15 in 2021.

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    • 1 hr 3 min

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