21/3/2015: Names not numbers 2015

Names not Numbers - eventThe Experiential Residential from Editorial Intelligence

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd March 2015

Founded in 2009, Names Not Numbers (NNN) is a weekend residential ideas festival bringing together, in a unique format, those “interested and interesting” as founder Julia Hobsbawm puts it – people who like to discuss big ideas in a beautiful setting, share new thinking and make new connections in stylish seclusion.

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd March 2015

Our Spring ‘campus’ is the home of Benjamin Britten’s famous Aldeburgh Festival and combines eclectic programming and cultural highs mixed with politics, polemic and academic edge, curated conversation, debates, “lunch lessons”, pithy performance polemics, readings, screenings, walks, fine dining and even dancing for those still standing.

Highlights for 2015 in March in Suffolk include:

Caroline Daniel, Editor, FT Weekend; Esther Dyson, Tech and Public Health innovator; Esther Freud, Novelist; Misha Glenny, Cyber Security & Organised Crime Expert; Rachel Johnson, writer in Revue with Curator and Comedienne Viv Groskop; Tech disrupter Andrew Keen; City legends Lords Myners and Green; Astronomer Royal Lord Rees; Chief Scientific Officer Sir Mark Walport; Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Simon Walker of the IOD; Jon Snow of Channel 4 News; Julia Peyton Jones of The Serpentine Gallery; Sir Anthony Seldon; writer Elif Shafaq; writer and barrister Philippe Sands QC and Historian Professor Simon Schama.

Packages range from all-inclusive travel, accommodation and London-based advance salons and suppers, to attendance passes for individuals and our weekend favorite: The Clever Couple! Email [email protected] for more details.

Who Attends Names Not Numbers?

Over half the guests are invited by Editorial Intelligence for being known key players in their fields in Business, Culture, Science, Policy, Academia.

The other half – maybe you – are equally qualified but possibly less prominent in public life. We make sure everyone blends and connects seamlessly together. There is no ‘Green Room’ for speakers, and everyone walks, talks, laughs, debates and learns together equally.

You may work in Cconsulting, Law, Finance, Strategy or Communications. Even the most qualified and clever can feel daunted at the prospect of spending a weekend with strangers in a conference which has more than a touch of the “un-Conference” about it: We make it our business to make you feel welcome, included, stimulated and heard.

Why Attend Names Not Numbers?

You probably read the Financial Times or FT Weekend and have broad interests in current affairs and culture.

You will value making useful professional connections – everyone who attends NNN reports back that they do – but you also enjoy the intellectual and sensory stimulation for its own sake as well.

We welcome individuals on their own or the Clever Couple – an increasing group who particularly enjoy the Spring NNN.

2015 Programme

This year we explore,What Sustains Us?’ from a practical, political, business, philosophical and cultural perspective.

New for 2015 we are delighted to announce an additional two-day event in Oxford to continue the conversations and connections begun over the festival weekend. We take guests on a journey again, through the landscape of Waddesdon Manor, Rothschild Collection in Buckinghamshire to the spires of Oxford, for sessions with our partners who include Oxford Martin School and Mansfield College, Oxford University.

What are people saying about the programme?

“It was one of the most inspiring and thought provoking events I’ve ever been to and yet so relaxed, intimate and fun”  Lisa Dwan, Writer and Actress

“Consistently stimulating and absorbing” Ed Victor, Agent

“What a Triumph! What an absolute pleasure…Thrilled and exhilarated to be there” Ben Eliot, Founder, Quintessentially

I felt like I’d taken my brain to the Olympics” Nihal Arthanayake, Broadcaster & DJ, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network

For further details and regular updates on programme and speakers please visit www.namesnotnumbers.com