If you're the sort of person who enjoys Bright Club, Pecha Kucha nights and generally browsing around on the TED website, you'll be moist with glee to hear about The Lost Lectures. This new series of live events promises 'Enchanting Talks From Secret Locations'. The first two dates are 18 and 19 January and tickets are on sale now.
The eclectic programme includes speakers from the worlds of science, art, tech, music, entertainment, design, business and environment. Each has just 12 minutes to put across a special idea, share an unusual experience and generally slap your neocortex till it smarts. The debut venue remains a mystery, and will only be revealed to ticket holders. Needless to say, it'll be somewhere more exciting than a conference centre.
So sign up now for one or both debut evenings. Londonist Editor M@ will talk in one of the slots on 19 January, with a few words (and some repellent photos) of the dark, dank parts of London that few get to see.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
- Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of the Cloud-spotter's Guide and co-creator of The Idler
- Gordon Young, public artist and creator of the comedy carpet
- Elaine Fox, experimental psychologist and expert optimist
- Thomas Thwaites, a designer who built a toaster from scratch, visiting the sources of all components
- David Barrie, social entrepreneur and co-founder of The People's Supermarket
- Piff the Magic Dragon, comedy dragon-man thing
Thursday 19 January 2012
- Chris Lintott, Sky at Night presenter and head of Galaxy Zoo
- Camille Johnson, founder of Pink Ribbon Lingerie, a clothing shop for women who've had breast cancer surgery
- Regine De Batty, author of We-Make-Money-Not-Art
- Matt Brown, Londonist editor and London explorer
- James Ward, founder of the Boring conference
- Tom Williams, Matt Lacey, the YouTube sensations behind Gap Yah Planet and Newport State Of Mind
[Note: changes to the lineup made 9 December 2011]