Full Day

Fri, 4 December 2020

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

How to Change the World 2020

A Three Stage Digital Conference

How To Academy’s flagship conference brings together the inspirational individuals and organisations forging a better future for our planet. From technology to architecture, social innovation to green energy, you’ll meet the men and women making the world of tomorrow.

Curated in partnership with The New York Times, How to Change the World 2020 will offer unrivalled insight into the innovations changing our lives, communicated through short, powerful, visionary talks by the individuals at the cutting edge of their industries.

In response to the pandemic, this year’s conference will take place online, and we’re taking full advantage to curate a truly global line-up – with guests from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, Beijing to NYC.

With three virtual stages and more than 30+ speakers, you’ll hear from household names like former Secretary of State and founder of World War Zero, John Kerry, and Gaia theorist James Lovelock; scientists at the forefront of fighting COVID, like Oxford vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert, and from artists and activists engaged with the urgent political struggles of our time.

And you’ll meet the visionaries driving exhilarating innovations in AI, energy, transport and more – with consequences for those already born and generations beyond.

Every conference ticket includes exclusive access to a complete archive of every talk, available within 24 hours of the event ending – so you don’t need to miss a single speech, conversation or performance.

This conference takes place 12pm – 7pm GMT

Below you’ll find a small selection of the full line-up of 30+ speakers, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

John Kerry

The World in 2021

Former Secretary of State Under President Obama

De Kai

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Computer Scientist and Machine Learning Pioneer

Sophie Hackford

Tech in 2020 and Beyond

Futurist and Co-founder of 1715Labs

Yusef Salaam

How to Fight Social Injustice through Art

Dr. Yusef Salaam was just fifteen years old when his life was upended after being wrongly convicted in the “Central Park jogger” case.>>

Kai-Fu Lee

The Post-Work World

CEO of Sinovation Ventures and author of AI Superpowers

Simon Callow

The Power of Theatre

Award-winning Actor, Writer, and Director

Sarah Gilbert

Oxford’s Vaccine for COVID-19

Professor of Vaccinology, University of Oxford

Assaf Biderman

Mobility and the Future of Cities

Founder and CEO of Superpedestrian

George Monbiot

Ways to Save the Planet

Guardian columnist and environmentalist

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela In Conversation

Empowering Women

Director of the House of Mandela Family Foundation

Sinead Bovell

Young Entrepreneurs and the Digital Future

CEO of WAYE, an organization that prepares youth for a technology-based future

Vas Narasimhan

Reimagining Medicine and Building Trust with Society

Chief Executive Officer of Novartis; LinkedIn Top Global Influencer

Emmanuel Jal

The Path to Peace

Former child soldier and humanitarian activist

Herman Narula

Virtual Worlds

Co-founder and CEO of Improbable

Sinan Aral

How Social Media Disrupts Democracy

Professor of Management, MIT

Mira Awad

Walking a Tightrope

Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, actress, TV content creator and a cultural activist

Jimmy Nelson

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Award-winning photographer, creator and author of Before They Pass Away and Homage to Humanity

Jenny Bonello

How to Stop Deforestation

16-year-old conservationist and Founder of Secure Forest, an environmental activist organisation

William Jayne with John Markoff

Robotics and the Future of Food

Technologist and Entrepreneur William Jayne in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter and New York Times Journalist John Markoff.

Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam

How to Fight Social Injustice through Art

New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi in conversation with member of the Exonerated Central Park Five Yusef Salaam

Alex Dehgan

How Tech Innovation Can Drive Conservation

CEO of Conservation X Labs, Professor of Sustainability at ASU

Dr. Afton Halloran

Feeding the Future

Expert in Sustainable Food Systems; External Consultant to the Nordic Food Policy Lab

Nicola Benedetti In Conversation

The Power of Music

Grammy-Award winning Violinist

Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism

Professor at Harvard University and named ‘FT’s Director of the Year’

Rachel Clarke

The End of Life - What Really Matters?

Bestselling Author and Palliative Care Physician

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and ex-federal prosecutor

Phillip Agnew

The Power of Activism

Activist and co-founder of Dream Defenders

John Markoff

Robotics and the Future of Food

John Markoff was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.>>

Sumit Jamuar

Democratizing Healthcare Through Genomics

Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Global Gene Corp

Gerard Barron with Bjarke Engles

Our Net-Zero Carbon Future

CEO & Chairman, DeepGreen Gerard Barron in conversation with Bjarke Engles

Po Bronson with Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World

Managing Director of IndieBio Po Bronson in conversation with the founder of IndieBio Arvind Gupta.

Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World

Founder of IndieBio and venture capitalist

Ndeye Marie Aida Ndiguene

Entrepreneurship for the Planet

Civil Engineer and Climate Activist, Leader of Nawari and Environnementalistes

Aditya Mukarji and Ndeye Marie Aida Ndiguene

Two 10-Minute Presentations

Aditya Mukarji is a climate activist and Founder of #RefuseIfYouCannotReuse. Ndeye Marie Aida Ndiguene is a civil engineer and climate activist.