The world’s first major festival of ideas dedicated to celebrating many-sided human potential and exploring interdisciplinary solutions to complex world problems
THE POLYMATH FESTIVAL
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“A lot of the world-class entrepreneurs… they’re not specialists, they’re something close to polymaths.”
"At least for the next few decades until machines become smarter than humans, the human polymath will be very important to society.”
“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.”
THE POLYMATH FESTIVAL THEMES
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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