York Festival of Ideas 2024 unleashes the power

York Festival of Ideas returns from 1 to 14 June with a programme of over 200 mostly free events on the theme of ‘The Power Of…’.

From reimagining wealth to the power of good business, and the future-proof career to solar city York, the programme includes a diverse range of business-related events, both in-person and online.

Highlights include:

Reimagining Wealth to Support a More Equitable and Just FutureFriday 7 June, 11.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm (in person)

Two interactive sessions, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, provide an opportunity to reimagine the future of ‘wealth’. Key areas of focus will include community wealth building, the generation and distribution of wealth, ownership and assets, and an exploration of the ‘hidden wiring’ of economic and financial systems. How can we reimagine our resources and civic assets for public and common benefit, fit for the times we are in?

UK EV Charging Infrastructure: Ramping up rollout, Sunday 9 June, 11.30am to 12.30pm (in person)

At an event presented in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, David Trousdale, Technical Director of Transport Decarbonisation at WSP, will discuss electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The Power of Good Business, Monday 10 June, 11.45am to 1pm (in person)

An expert panel, including David Skaith, the first Mayor of the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, will discuss the opportunities created by devolution and the power of good business. Presented in partnership with Aviva, speakers also include Germán Lorenzo, Asia-Pacific Director at the MONDRAGON Corporation.

Green Agreement: How to return to political climate consensus, Tuesday 11 June, 12.15pm to 1.30pm (online)

This event will address the question: How do we return to political climate consensus and retain public support for the transition to net zero? Speakers include David Powell, Senior Advocacy Manager at Climate Outreach; Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York; Virginia Sentance, Director of Industrial Strategy and Clean Energy at Labour Together; and Ned HammondHead of Energy and Environment at Onward.

Other Festival events include:

The Future-Proof Career, Saturday 1 June, 12.45pm to 1.45pm (in person)

Join Isabel Berwick, host of the award-winning Financial Times ‘Working It’ podcast, for advice on navigating the world of work, now and in the future.

EMPOWER: Resilience in the workplace, Saturday 8 June, 12.15pm to 1.15pm (in person)

Mental health expert Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis explores resilience in the workplace based on the international EMPOWER project which aims to reduce work stress.

Solar City York: Powering up our community, Saturday 8 June, 1.30pm to 3pm (in person)

Join an interactive workshop to explore what the future of energy in York could look like and discover how the Solar City York project aims to use York’s rooftops for clean, green energy generation.

The Business of Art: How to build your brand, Saturday 8 June, 4pm to 5pm (in person)

York is a UNESCO city of Media Arts, but how can we leverage this designation to drive inward investment and maximise opportunities in the creative industries? Join Cherie Federico of Aesthetica.

The Auckland Project with Founder Jonathan Ruffer, Sunday 9 June, 1.30pm to 2.30pm (in person)

Join financier, art collector and philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer for an in-conversation event and explore the power of philanthropy to transform places.

Showcasing Success in Research and Innovation, Friday 14 June, 2pm to 5pm (in person)

Explore how the world of research and innovation influences the world around us and see how the various STEM fields positively interact with the arts and education.

York Festival of Ideas is led by the University of York, with key support from the Holbeck Charitable Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Higher Education Investment Fund, as well as a range of additional generous sponsors, donors and individuals committed to enabling the festival to deliver so many events for free to diverse audiences.

The Festival works with more than 100 programme partners who help to co-curate and deliver an eclectic programme of events with something for all ages and interests. Tickets are now available to book. For more information visit the Festival website: https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/