an exceptionally versatile human who excels in multiple, seemingly unrelated fields.

Whether at the individual, organisational or societal level, it is increasingly accepted that creativity happens at the intersection of seemingly different domains. This makes the Polymath not only the most versatile human on the planet, but also potentially the most creative.

The world of disciplinary silos is over. As a landmark ‘festival of ideas’, the Polymath Festival aims to catalyse a cultural paradigm shift, away from hyper-specialisation and ‘silo culture’, towards the encouragement of connection-making between different fields, disciplines and cultures.

The Festival is not only interested in discourse, but also in action. It is designed to facilitate the genesis of novel, cross-disciplinary collaborations that would otherwise be unimaginable. 




The value of polymathy to the individual, the organisation and to society is increasingly recognised by the world’s leading intellectuals and entrepreneurs

“Polymaths are of increasing value in the twenty-first century because the big problems of the world are not going to be solved by someone coming from a single-disciplinary perspective.”

Daniel Levitin

“Polymaths are uniquely suited to potentially serve critical roles as problem solvers; to provide creative breakthroughs that are very uncommon yet are much needed to mould a better future for people.”

Tim FerrisS

“A lot of the world-class entrepreneurs… they’re not specialists, they’re something close to polymaths.”

Peter Theil

“In professional fields where problem-solving, learning and inventiveness are crucial, being broad in both interests and knowledge is useful”

Nathan Myhrvold

“Increasingly, the solutions to problems are found at the intersection of multiple fields… experts in highly specialised fields can be part of a team, but the team leader needs to bridge multiple fields.”

Ray Kurzweil

“People who engage themselves seriously with a number of diverse fields are often capable of deeper overviews of important and complex situations.”

Douglas Hofstadter

“It’s extremely important for people not to be restricted to a very narrow craft or concern – whether it’s carpentry or quantum physics. People should be involved in matters of concern to others and to society.”

Noam Chomsky

“In order to keep up with the world of 2050, you will need not merely to invent new ideas and products – you will above all need to reinvent yourself again and again.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“Our working identity is not a hidden treasure, waiting to be discovered at the very core of our being – rather it is made up of many possibilities… we are many selves.”

Herminia Ibarra

"At least for the next few decades until machines become smarter than humans, the human polymath will be very important to society.”

Anders Sandberg

“The polymath renders a service that is absolutely essential for the survival of a civilisation in the long-term.”

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

“We need more polymaths. We need more thinkers whose curiosity wanders across disciplines.”

AJ Jacobs


Multiple events will cover various trending themes integral to the growth of Self and Society in the 21st century



  • Pursuing Self-Actualisation in an Era of Precariousness 

  • Career Design and Reinvention in the Age of Automation

  • Designing a Lifelong Learning Framework 

  • Redefining Work-Life Balance

  • Developing Cognitive Flexibility - the WEF’s Top Skill for the 21st century

  • Navigating Information Anxiety in Work and Education

  • Adopting the Multidimensional Approach to Creativity


  • Systems Approaches to Complex World Challenges 

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Silo-breaking in Professional and Academic Life 

  • The Symbiotic Relationship between the Arts and Sciences

  • Reshaping Curricula and Pedagogy in Schools

  • Entrepreneurship, Investment and Consulting across Different Sectors

  • Many-sided Talent Development and a New Approach to Employee Engagement

  • Holistic Leadership in Business and Politics

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Polymathic Daughters: May Morris and Eleanor Marx

Date TBC William Morris Gallery

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