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The DaVinci Growth Mindset in Business

The DaVinci Growth Mindset in Business

Founder of the Institute for Real Growth Marc de Swaan Arons offers a profile of the new DaVinci growth mindset for 21st century business

A Synthesising Mind

A Synthesising Mind

American developmental psychologist Howard Gardner lays bare his Theory of Multiple Intelligences and how it might more relevant today than ever.

Week 1 Round-up with Waqas Ahmed and Live Performance by Shama Rahman

Week 1 Round-up with Waqas Ahmed and Live Performance by Shama Rahman

Live Q&A round up with curator of the Polymath Festival Waqās Ahmed and performance by renowned musician and cognitive scientist Shama Rahman.

Towards a Holistic Worldview

Towards a Holistic Worldview

Richard Dunne and Revd Dr Keith Eyeons together consider how we might benefit from a holistic understanding of the world.

Lifelong Learning through Wikipedia

Lifelong Learning through Wikipedia

Dr Martin Poulter shares how Wikipedia enables self-directed learning and knowledge philanthropy, and how you can start on your own journey.

Learning to Tackle Real-World Problems

Learning to Tackle Real-World Problems

Robert Nail and Carl Gombrich examine the optimal learning approach to tackle the real world problems of the 21st century.

Polymath Podcast: Gayatri Spivak

Polymath Podcast: Gayatri Spivak

Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic Gayatri Spivak explores her life and thoughts through 6 books that shaped her.

Polymath Podcast: Noam Chomsky (Audio)

Polymath Podcast: Noam Chomsky (Audio)

Renowned American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky explores his life and thoughts through 6 books that shaped him.

The Perils of Silo Culture

The Perils of Silo Culture

FT Editor Gillian Tett explains the dangers of a silo mentality in business.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Leadership

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Leadership

Renowned academic and intellectual Adil Najam and Harvard Professor Veronica Boix Mansilla reflect on the need for cognitively flexible polythematic global leadership.

Polymath Podcast: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Audio)

Polymath Podcast: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Audio)

ritish historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto explores his life and thoughts through 6 books that shaped him.

The Hidden Benefits of Being (and Hiring) Jacks and Jills of Many Trades

The Hidden Benefits of Being (and Hiring) Jacks and Jills of Many Trades

FT’s management editor Andrew Hill explores how companies can benefit from hiring and encouraging polymathic employees at all levels of the organisation.

Personal Reflections on the Very Idea of a Polymath

Personal Reflections on the Very Idea of a Polymath

Modern day polymath Raymond Tallis considers his life navigating the intellectual waters of the arts and sciences.

The Journey to a Masterpiece

The Journey to a Masterpiece

Three visual artists from MTArt Agency reflect on the intellectual process behind the conception and creation of major works of art.

The Open University: Fifty Years of Producing Polymaths

The Open University: Fifty Years of Producing Polymaths

Professor Peter Taylor talks about a half century of multidisciplinary education at the Open University.

Polymath Podcast: Akbar S. Ahmed

Polymath Podcast: Akbar S. Ahmed

Exclusive video recording of a Polymath Podcast episode with Pakistani-American academic Akbar S. Ahmed, looking at the 6 books which shaped his life.

The Many Lives of Music Artists

The Many Lives of Music Artists

This star-studded panel gives an insight into the multifaceted lives of musical artists.

Polymath Daughters: May Morris and Eleanor Marx

Polymath Daughters: May Morris and Eleanor Marx

A special panel discussion on the life and work of Eleanor Marx and May Morris.

Whole-Brain Thinking

Whole-Brain Thinking

Join psychiatrist and author Iain McGilchrist in a fascinating discourse about the dual nature of the human brain.

Polymath Podcast: Douglas Hofstadter

Polymath Podcast: Douglas Hofstadter

American scholar of cognitive science, physics, and comparative literature Douglas Hofstadter explores his life and thoughts through 6 books that shaped him.

Polymath Podcast: A Systems View of Life

Polymath Podcast: A Systems View of Life

American physicist Fritjof Capra explores his life and thoughts through 6 books that shaped him.

Is a Multidisciplinary Life Possible?

Is a Multidisciplinary Life Possible?

Four of the world’s leading polymaths provide insight and tips into how to make an multidisciplinary life work for you.

Poetry as a Cross-domain Problem-Solving Tool

Poetry as a Cross-domain Problem-Solving Tool

Carline King, co-founder and editor of Napkin Poetry Review shares the exercises to help you apply poetic tools to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty in your life.

Researching the Polymath

Researching the Polymath

Professor Dean Simonton, a world authority on human intelligence and creative genius, and polymathy scholar Dr Angela Cotollessa shed new light on the nature of those impossibly talented polymaths.

A Multidimensional Approach to Design

A Multidimensional Approach to Design

Three design visionaries lead a discussion about the complexities and benefits of multidimensionality in the design process

Mapping the Cosmos: A Multidisciplinary Art Workshop

Mapping the Cosmos: A Multidisciplinary Art Workshop

2-Hour art multidisciplinary workshop from the Prince's School of Traditional Arts where participants can engage with the Quadrivium.

Art/Science: A False Dichotomy?

Art/Science: A False Dichotomy?

Daniel Levitin explores the rich overlap between art and science.

Playfully Imagining the #FutureOfWork

Playfully Imagining the #FutureOfWork

Take part in this unique virtual workshop that blends academic rigor with gameplay and art to help you understand the future of work.

Professional Reinvention in Times of Precariousness

Professional Reinvention in Times of Precariousness

Professor Herminia Ibarra examines how we can clarify our career goals and aspirations, and discover new means to achieving them.

The Power of Interdisciplinarity

The Power of Interdisciplinarity

The founding faculty of the London Interdisciplinary School reflect on the many benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Navigating the Information Age

Navigating the Information Age

Lucy Crompton-Reid, professor Rand Spiro, and Bobby Seagull discuss the tools needed to traverse and navigate the Information Age.

Festival Finale - Round-up and Performances

Festival Finale - Round-up and Performances

Live Q&A festival round up with Waqās Ahmed and the festival’s five key moderators; Nizam Uddin; Paul Gladstone Reid; Marine Tanguy; Omran Matar; and Shama Rahman.