Dr Karen John

With budget cuts and the more-for-less culture, public and voluntary sector leaders and staff struggle to meet increasing demands on dwindling resources. This lecture presents practical approaches found to be effective in supporting leaders and staff alike.

London Thinks has gathered experts in psychology, religion and cults to explore the idea of belief. Why do we believe the things we do? Are we genetically programmed to believe in the supernatural, or is belief socially imposed upon us from a young age? Were Abrahamic religious texts always considered to be the word of God or is religious literalism a modern invention? Samira Ahmed chairs as our panelists discuss these ideas and more in our first London Thinks of 2016.


January 25th, ‘Blue Monday’, is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. On the eve of Blue Monday, Elvis Langley will look at research findings that reveal what makes us truly happy.

Once Upon a Time

In this event our thought-provoking speaker, Peter Logan, will contradict the common sense view that there are thousands of myths and that they change continually over time. He sets out to demonstrate that not only is there just one myth, but also that there has always been only one myth, and it has been incredibly influential in the development of our society.

Manu Bazzano

Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and also by reframing our notion of identity, including national identity.

Adler in the Home, Family, Community and Schools

Parents, Libby Stevenson and Federica Vermeir, describe how their encounter with Adlerian psychology had a positive effect on their families and led to their training to become facilitators of parenting courses.

All the world's a stage

In David Herbert’s presentation, psychology looks at a Shakespearean character’s view of the world, seen through seven stages, from mewling infant to second childhood, with all the testing stages in-between.

Shipwrecked with Vincent Deary

“To live is to feel oneself lost” writes Jose Ortega y Gasset “he who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground. Instinctively, as do the shipwrecked, he will look round for something to which to cling”. In attempting to steer a course through life, we often find ourselves off course or even shipwrecked. What do we cling to in these difficult straits, and what North Star can take us back on course?’

Dr Karen John

Social equality requires respectful ways of relating and awareness of our own and others’ goals and needs. However, whatever our personal or work circumstances or roles, we often find it difficult to exercise our rights and good authority and effectively meet our responsibilities.

Mary Fenwick - how to improve your well-being at work

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine. It’s simple, isn’t it? Just get your work-life balance right, so work doesn’t eat too much into your otherwise happy life… But what if there are tools you can learn to do this more effectively, and what if they not only made you happier, but also more productive? The Institute of Directors has identified well-being at work as the ‘next big thing’. What are the simple actions that we can all take to improve our own satisfaction in the working day?

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